Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Environmental Science: Caulerpa taxifolia

The Killer Green Algee

See this invasion from an introduce marine plant.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Geology and Astronomy: Iowa's Manson Impact Structure

Did you know a crater 24 miles in diameter lies hidden by glacial sediment under crop fields centered in Pocahontas County. This Impact occured over 70 million years ago and most likely killed everything within 850 miles of the impact site.

Iowa's Manson Impact Structure by Raymond R. Anderson

More Manson Impact Structure References From the Earth Impact Database

Monday, November 29, 2004

Geology and Architecture: The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal came up in class.

Here are some more images

And Here is some Taj Mahal History

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Final Exam Schedule

Geology 8:00 AM Friday December 17th
College Physics 10:00 AM Wednesday December 15th
Engineering Physics 12:00 Noon Friday December 17th
Physical Science 12:00 Noon Wednesday December 15th
Environmental Science 8:00 AM Thursday December 16th

Friday, November 19, 2004

Muscatine Water Treatment Tour Photos!

Thanksgiving Week Exam Schedule

Tuesday November 23, 2004

Environmental Science Exam Chps. 14-18

Wednesday November 24, 2004

Geology Exam Chps. 15-18

College Physics Exam Chp. 9

Engineering Physics Chps. 9-12

Physical Science Chps. 17-19

Monday, November 15, 2004

Physics: VandeGraff Generator & Electrictity

The Science Station in Cedar Rapids has just installed a VandeGraff Generator! A real hair rising experience!


Friday, November 05, 2004

Physics and Astronomy: Satellite Tracking

I found a satellite tracking program that tracks the orbits of objects in space form you active desktop on the PC. Give it a try. J-Track Satellite Tracker

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

General Science - Nikon Small World Winner

Yes, you can do art and science at the same time. Check out the Nikon Small World Winners

Monday, November 01, 2004

Physics: Orbits and Escape Velocity

Here is a link for Transfer Orbit and Escape Velocity in the Solar System.

Orbits Stuff (scroll down for the cool parts)

Geology: Tidal Bores

We were talking about Tidal bores in Geology and I found some site with some of the most famous bores around the world. Some of theses sites have movies you can watch. Some bores are so regular people surf on them!

China's Qianjiang River Bore

Qianjiang River Dragon Bore Riding

England's Severn Bore

In my search for Bore films I came across Avalanche films.

Enivronmental Science - WATER TREATMENT TOUR!

Finally! We have a date set for the tour of the Water Pollution Control Plant in Muscatine. The tour is Tuesday November 16th at 9:30 AM.

Water Pollution Control Plant

Friday, October 29, 2004

Geology - Biology: Hobbits Found! Can Elves be far behind?

A new branch in the fossil record has be found. It looks like we may have once had Hobbit size cousins! I guess in our world Mordor won!

Hobbit-sized Humans Called Homo floresiensis

Speaking of which how many of you have seen Darwin's Origin of Species? You can read the orignal text here. Althought we are not direct descendants of Apes as Darwin thought, current genetic science has shown we the Primates all have a common ancestor. Better still all quadropeds ( four limb creatures ) have a common ancestor some 300 - 400 million years ago.

Darwin's Origin of Species

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Physical Science and Astronomy: Cassini Flys by Titan!

Today the Cassini space probe will fly by Titan with 1200 km. Close enough to spit!(And take some really great pictures. Check out the Website.

Cassini-Mission to Saturn

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Physics: Satellite Tracking

I mentioned in class you can find satellites in the night sky if you know where to look. here are some link to satellite tracking software. Some will tell you when and where to look in the nite sky. Others just track the orbit with respect to the Earth.



Sattellite Software for multiple plamforms

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Environmental Science: Calories in Alcohol

In answer to Mr. Procter's query: Here are some link for the calorie count for common drinks.

Beer Calories

Drink Calories

More Drinks

Monday, October 18, 2004

Geology: Porosity! Damit!

In retrospect, I should have let my Geology class go early instead of press ahead to the next chapter. Instead I came off as an jerk. Sorry about that, I 'll try to do better.

Geology: Sinkholes

How would you like this to happen to your loved ones graves?

Here are some other links on sinkhole with images that we mentioned in Class.

USGS Sinkholes Images

and here is a company ad and sinkhole information.

Claim Adjustors Ad with Sinkhole Information

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Physical Science: Educational Systems Around the World

I often go on a rant to all of you about why you should show up for class and how lucky you are to be in college. Here is a look at the German system from an American Woman trying to teach in Germany.

German Education

Environmental Science: Feeding the World

What does it take to feed the U.S. all those Bacon double cheesebugers.

Take the Red Pill. THE MEATRIX

Friday, October 15, 2004

Physical Science, Mutation and extra body parts

In class we got on the subject of mutation... The talk went something like this:

Nuclear Energy ---> Radiation ---> Mutations ---> Birth Defects ---> Extra Fingers ---> Extra Nipples

The last two are linked to some fascinating reading. So start counting your body parts.

Monday, October 11, 2004

The First Post

I 've been wanting to do this for awhile. This is where I post comment, question and answer to general question about my college course. I will also used this to expand on some of the topics brought up in class.