Natural Things: Notes from a Natural History Museum | News

Streams of running water have been important to people as far back as we can tell. The ancient Greeks named diverse Naiads who presided over the supernatural aspects of streams. Closer to home, the Spanish colonial recognized the importance of streams. Many of the Mexican land grants that were issued to colonists before 1836 referred … Read more

UBCO prof digs into geological history of rocks atop Everest

New research from Dr. Kyle Larson’s lab has been able to pinpoint a timeline of when the rocks atop the summit pyramid of Mount Everest were deformed as part of the growth of the Himalayas. Photo credit: Kyle Larson. It’s been a topic of debate among geologists for years — when did the deformation of … Read more

Eberle to serve as interim director of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History | Research & Innovation Office

Jaelyn Eberle (Geological Sciences) The University of Colorado Boulder has named Dr. Jaelyn Eberle interim director of its University of Colorado Museum of Natural History effective July 1. Eberle was appointed to serve as interim director after an initial search to succeed current director Dr. J. Patrick Kociolek did not result in a hire. Eberle … Read more

UBCO prof digs into geological history of rocks atop Everest – Campus Life

New research from Dr. Kyle Larson’s lab has been able to pinpoint a timeline of when the rocks atop the summit pyramid of Mount Everest were deformed as part of the growth of the Himalayas. Photo credit: Kyle Larson. It’s been a topic of debate among geologists for years – when did the deformation of … Read more

Penn and the Science History Institute to serve as new hosts of History of Science Society

Founded in 1924, the History of Science Society (HSS) is the world’s oldest and largest society dedicated to understanding science, technology, medicine, and their interactions with society in historical context. This professional and scholarly hub will now make its home in Philadelphia, a city with a rich community of scholarship and outreach in the field … Read more

Answering, ‘How did Bethany Falls limestone get its name?’ 

Share this story Published June 13th, 2022 at 4:38 PM Above image credit: An old newspaper clipping showing geologist Richard Gentile who says, “Kansas City is literally built around this rock.” Another clipping describes the benefits of using limestone for structures such as homes. (Vicky Diaz-Camacho | Flatland) Avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast Darin Good, … Read more

The Dawning of Antarctica – a history of early Antarctic exploration – The Science Show

Pat Quilty [archival]: In the beginning of 1985 I went to our station at Davis. We had recognized a few months earlier that some of the rocks in the Davis region, instead of being 5,000-8,000 years old were 4-4.5 million years old, and this gave them a lot of importance because rocks of that age … Read more

Where science meets fiction: the dark history of eugenics | Genetics

It’s a quirk of history that the foundations of modern biology – and as a consequence, some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – should rely so heavily on peas. Cast your mind back to school biology, and Gregor Mendel, whose 200th birthday we mark next month. Though Mendel is invariably described as … Read more

The Mars space history in ‘For All Mankind’ season 3 on Apple TV+

Were it not for a difference in our timelines, the title of the season 3 opening episode of “For All Mankind” might have been a spoiler. In real life – as opposed to the alternate space history presented in the critically-acclaimed Apple TV Plus series (opens in new tab) – “Polaris” is the name of … Read more

Yellowstone’s history of hydrothermal explosions over the past 14,000 years

Newswise – Boulder, Colo .: While much of public attention on Yellowstone focuses on its potential to produce large supereruptions, the hazards that are much more likely to occur are smaller, violent hydrothermal explosions. Hydrothermal explosions occur when near-boiling water suddenly flashes into steam, releasing large amounts of energy. The energy release fractures the rock … Read more