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14 August 2013
Around the world in four days: NASA tracks Chelyabinsk meteor plume
Atmospheric physicist Nick Gorkavyi missed witnessing an event of the century last winter when a meteor exploded over his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. From Greenbelt, Md., however, NASA’s Gorkavyi and colleagues witnessed a never-before-seen view of the atmospheric aftermath of the explosion.
3 August 2012
Two Mars scientists prepare for Curiosity’s descent to the red planet
Two young AGU member-scientists balance nervousness with excitement over the imminent arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory, a.k.a. “Curiosity,” on the planet’s surface. For Ryan Anderson the journey beginning next week in Mars’ Gale Crater dates back several years when his graduate school advisor asked him, “Hey, you want to look at [Mars] landing sites? Here’s a cool one!” Building on other researchers’ previous studies, Anderson’s subsequent work at Cornell …
15 December 2010
No scientific ideas were seriously harmed in the making of this film
The intrepid, space-traveling astronomer (Contact). The disheveled, hard-working nerdy hero (Independence Day). And the mad scientist fomenting explosions in experimental zeal (Back to the Future). Hollywood embraces all of these scientific archetypes. But what about the reality behind the characters? Science in Hollywood was the focus of Tuesday night’s panel discussion, titled “Hollywood Does (Geo) Science.”
3D movies of the Earth as it changes
No sooner did I wish for a 3D movie at AGU, than I got one. Late on Tuesday USGS scientist Gerald Bawden presented some of his latest work and upcoming projects in the Bowie Lecture (G24A) Ultra-High Resolution Four Dimension Imaging Across the Earth Sciences – with fabulous 3D movies. Red and blue glasses on, the audience visited such places as the sheer rock walls above Yosemite’s Valley Floor; flew above, around and through Bay Area bridges, and visited the burned hillsides of southern California.
26 February 2010
The 2-Hour Film School (a non-degree-granting institution)
On Wednesday, ocean scientists turned in their hard hats and field gear at the door for a different hat: filmmaker. Dr. Randy Olson, author of the new book Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in the Age of Style, led a workshop on science filmmaking. Olson has directed two critically acclaimed films, that took a unique look at science controversies; Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus and Sizzle: …