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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

from the desk of Herb Masters
  Greetings Science Students!

After all I think that if you are a supporter of science or a scientist you never really stop being a student.  What an amazing time we are living in.  Do you remember the statement that started with "If they can put a man on the moon"?  It seems like such a naïve question these days.

Today we face massive challenges that may very well change how we live on the planet in our lifetimes.  Some would say that it all started back in

Travel to Mars with the SciSchmooze

from the desk of Herb Masters
  A Belated Happy Valentine's Day Science Fans,

This is a bit late for actual Valentine Day Science but it's not like we don't have the opportunity of extending some fun these days.  It's hard to imagine that we have been in the Covid-19 mode for a year now.  As they say, "it's been a hell of a year" between politics and science (note the date on that!).  These days deciding what and who to believe can be a challenge.  There are so many people with so many different ideas

SciSchmoozing into Orbit

from the desk of David Almandsmith

I just bought 25 raffle tickets for a multi-day orbital journey. Since each orbit takes about 90 minutes, i’ll make 16 orbits each day while i’m up there. First, however, i need to win the raffle. ¿Would you like to buy a few tickets? Just donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each dollar you donate in February gives you one raffle ‘ticket.’ The winner will ride in a SpaceX Dragon capsule with three other folk. Because of olfactory fatigue, you shouldn’t be too concerned about spending a few days in an unventilated capsule with three others - - and no bathroom - - and no DoorDash deliveries. (Hmmm. ¿Have you read or seen “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre?)


Mars Missions:

An Anniversary Schmooze

from the desk of Bob Siederer Hello again Science Fans! Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the reporting of the first COVID-19 cases in the US.  Let that sink in a bit.  In some ways it doesn't seem like it, but we've been hearing about and dealing with this virus for a year now, and it has affected all aspects of our lives. It has changed the way we work, shop, recreate, and entertain ourselves.  It has cost the lives of more than 400,000 of our friends, relatives, and neighbors.  It has contributed to an awareness of racial and economic inequality.  It has taught businesses around the world that just in time manufacturing has downsides (remember the toilet paper shortage?). We've responded in heroic fashion, with medical researchers around the world developing vaccines in record time.  Those working on the front lines, first responders, hospital personnel, super market employees, delivery people, have risked exposure to keep things going.  New treatments have lowered the percentage of cases resulting in death from over 5.9% to under 1.59%. What a difference a year can make. Going forward, there is reason to feel relief.  The Biden administration has taken over, replacing a non-existent plan to address the pandemic with promises to fix the vaccine supply issues, coordinate and prioritize at the Federal level, and provide consistent guida

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