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Animals and the SciSchmooze

Magawa at work, detecting land mines

from the desk of Bob Siederer

Hello again Science Fans!

Social media is chock full of cute videos of cats, dogs, and other critters doing funny things, being rescued, etc. The connections between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom are complex and not that well studied, when you consider the number of species out there.

So today, I’m starting off with a few stories that crossed my screen about those creatures with whom we share the planet.

Up first is Magawa, a G


Unexpected SciSchmoozing

Clouds are rare over Mars. Curiosity photographed these clouds so far above the surface that they may be made of dry ice crystals, i.e. frozen CO2.

from the desk of David Almandsmith

This SciSchmooze is going to press before the results of Ingenuity’s 7th flight are known. But if you would like a little model (about 1/7 scale) of Ingenuity - for free - just be the third person replying to ask for it. 

Lunar Eclipse - Copyright John Kraus, 2021

from the desk of Dave Almandsmith

Hello again, Friend of science,

Dr. Elizabeth Bik searches for faked images, plagiarized passages, and incorrectly interpreted data in scientific papers. She is amazing in her ability to recognize improperly re-used images even when they are reversed and rotated. She presented a paper on “

SciSchmooze en los tiempos del COVID

Crescent Earth

Fewer and fewer Americans are lining up to get COVID-19 shots while only 31% of our population has been fully vaccinated. Public Service Announcements are pushing for more people to get vaccinated, e.g. Barack Hussein Obama, Stewie from Family Guy, and Google. Aware that a large proportion of Republicans are hesitant, there is even a PSA by and for Republicans. Pfizer (i got my Fauci ouchy from Pfizer) is working on a

SciSchmoozing Around the Neighborhood

Ingenuity helicopter hangs from Mars Perseverance Rover

from the desk of Dave Almandsmith

Dear Science Fans,

Out in our solar system neighborhood, the Mars Ingenuity helicopter is about to be released from the underside of the Perseverance rover. NASA’s official description of Ingenuity’s role says it will be decommissioned after a month of test flights. Sorry, folks. I do not expect the world’s population will sit idly by while Perseverance trundles off abandoning the cute little ‘copter in the brutally co


Frosty Sand Dunes of Mars, as seen from the Mars Reconnaissance orbiter.

from the desk of Bob Siederer

Hello again Science Fans!

Tonight the moon will rise full, and it will be the first of four “super moons” in a row. Super moons occur when the moon isfro at its closest to Earth and appears larger than usual. This one is known as the Worm Moon as, according to some Native American folklore, March is when the earth thaws and earthworms come out.

Further from home, our exploration of Mars continues. The image above was taken 196 miles from the surface of Mars by the 

It ain’t over with the SciSchmooze


Murmurations - © Irish Post

From the desk of Herb Masters

Greetings to all who value science,

So here we are, a year of incredible challenges continues to challenge. Spring '21 has come but Day and Night weren't equal! We may be on the brink of success in taming Covid-19, but we are still at risk, especially by those who can't accept the science and facts of the disease and how to control it. Consider some of the history of scien


A Slice of π Schmooze

Hello Science Fans, 

Wow there's been a lot going on.  This year the  debate over DST is getting almost as much mention as how we lost an hour of sleep last night.  Mars continues to  inspire and surprise.  Of course I would be remiss if I didn't mention that today is π day.   Did you know that Larry Shaw and the explOratorium founded π day?  Here's a few more  articles worth knowing about.  It has been 

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