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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

The SciSchmooze Celebrates the Earth

Earth Day, Every Day

Hello again fans of Science!

The first official Earth Day observance was in 1970. That’s 51 years ago that organizers proclaimed the day as one to take action on our environment. While a lot has been done since that first Earth Day, including the start of the recycling movement, the introduction of unleaded gasoline, and significant pollution restrictions, have we really improved the planet?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I would say it all depends on where you look. In some areas great strides have been made. In others, not so much. And overall, climate change continues seemingly unabated while politicians and governments continue to talk about the issue rather than do as much as possible to fix it.

Here’s a rather

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 

SciSchmoozing to the Future

Octavia Butler Landing

From the desk of Dave Almandsmith

Percy (Perseverance Rover) has been feeling its oats, doing calisthenics, and moving about at its landing spot dubbed “Octavia Butler Landing.” ((Butler’s 1998 book, Parable of the Talents, tells of the election of the populist, misogynistic, xenophobic Andrew Steele Jarret to the White House, whose rallying cry is “Make America Great Again.” During President Jarret’s administration, white supremacist groups grow powerful.)) Jump forward a few decades and there may be a plaque placed at Octavia Butler Landing. Jump forward a few centuries and it might be a tourist site.

((I keep falling into the error of imagining that the surfa


The Foundation for Critical Thinking has an excellent definition of “Critical Thinking”:
[T]he intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
Note that the above definition is no less accurate when we separate it into two elements: Element #1: The intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication. Element #2: The intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, and synthesizing evaluated information as a guide to belief and action. Element #1 skills, also known as critical evaluation skills, are not usually required to judge the quality or veracity of the information students receive in class; sch

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