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National Fossil Day October 17, 2018

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Today is National Fossil Day.

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

So check out some fossils at some point today. And even if you couldn’t visit a museum or park this National Fossil Day, ancient creatures will be glad to see you whenever you can meet them at a museum or other venue of your choice.

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R.I.P. Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) March 14, 2018

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Very sad news in the world of science today.

Visionary Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

The amazing Stephen Hawking has died. I can’t honestly say that I know all that much about Stephen Hawking, other than the stuff that is publicly available about him, but his seminal work, A Brief History of Time, is one of those works that everyone knows about and that has had a profound influence on me in my science tastes and flavours. Known for many books, Hawking’s work has not only had a profound influence on various physical sciences, but he also was the major reason that so many of our scientists today became interested in science in the first place. I can also say that he influenced my interest in astrophysics, quantum physics, time travel and several other sciences as well.

And now, he’s gone.

Rest In Peace, Dr. Hawking. You lived longer than everyone (including you) expected to live, and you lived an exceptional life and contrbuted not only to the sciences but to being human as well.

And for those of us who survive you in the world:

“Remember to look up at the stars.”

Ada Lovelace Day October 17, 2017

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Today, we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day.

It is actually a celebration of all women in all fields of science.

I’m very glad there’s a site like Trowelblazers, that reminds us of all the brilliant women in archaeology, palaeontology, and geology.

National Fossil Day October 11, 2017

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Today is National Fossil Day.

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

So check out some fossils at some point today. And even if you couldn’t visit a museum or park this National Fossil Day, ancient creatures will be glad to see you whenever you can meet them at a museum or other venue of your choice.

It’s H.G. Wells’s Birthday September 21, 2017

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For those who are unaware of such things or just plain don’t necessarily care about them, today is H.G. Wells‘s birthday. Well, would have been, if he were still alive.

An outspoken socialist and pacifist, Wells is considered one of the two “Fathers of Science Fiction” (the other being Jules Verne). He led a remarkable life, wrote some fascinating books that were and still are considered science fiction romances, but had other claims to fame as well.

While I first read Asimov’s Foundation as my introduction to science fiction when I was 9 or so, it was Wells’s The Time Machine that may well have cemented my love of the genre, and taught me that “modern” sf in 1965 or thereabouts had predecessors that were just as important to read and know about.

Rest well, George Herbert Wells. You earned it.

Waterworld Evidence April 30, 2017

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Oh my Goddess.

Blue Planet got it right!

Bayesian Evidence for the Presence of Waterworlds

Neat. 🙂

Forgotten Women of Science are Remembered in a New Exhibition at Burlington House January 18, 2017

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New exhibition, Raising Horizons, features important women in science. Their portraits have been recreated by fourteen women who are leaders in their scientific fields.

Forgotten Women of Science are Remembered in a New Exhibition at Burlington House

Palaeoart: Drawing From the Past January 14, 2017

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The art that brings dinosaurs to life.

Palaeoart: Drawing From the Past

Palaeo Profile: The Spike-Toothed Salmon January 14, 2017

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Sabertooth salmon is a cooler name, but can understand why they changed the name.

Palaeo Profile: The Spike-Toothed Salmon

Scavenger Versus Scavenger January 14, 2017

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Stone tools and fossil feces found around a mammoth skeleton might be signs of a standoff between humans and hyenas.

Scavenger Versus Scavenger