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The Everglades Are All About Geology

If you’ve ever been to the Everglades or even heard of them, you probably are picturing something like this: Or maybe this: In other words, Everglades National Park exists because it is “important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species” … Continue reading
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Local SE continues to explore ways to have ecological and wellness impact

Lately, the local SE program has been working and thinking holistically about the ways in which our food system marginalizes the poor. We are also concerned that our beloved College, its curriculum and its strategic orientation is not effectively connected … Continue reading
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Wooster physics reunion in Eugene, Oregon!

I recently returned from a refreshing and productive leave at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  I received my own Ph D in the field of quantum optics at Oregon, and my leave was a great opportunity to continue work … Continue reading
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New paper on bryoimmuration and taphonomic engineering

I’m pleased to link to a new paper that has just appeared in the journal Lethaia. My wonderful coauthors are Caroline Buttler (National Museum Wales) and Paul Taylor (Natural History Museum, London). The paper explores the role calcitic bryozoans play … Continue reading
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Luna’s Convex Orbit

Luna orbits Earth and Earth orbits Sol (where Luna is Earth’s moon and Sol is Earth’s star, the sun). As a kid, I thought Luna’s solar orbit formed a loopy spirograph pattern. Instead, Luna’s orbit is convex! Neglecting the eccentricity … Continue reading
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1+2+3+… = -1/12?

In quantum electrodynamics, the bare charge of an electron is infinite, but the dressed charge is finite. The bare electron shields itself by polarizing the virtual electron-positron pairs of the nearby quantum vacuum to reduce its coupling at large distances to [latex display=”true”] \infty … Continue reading
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A Better Table

The periodic table of the elements is almost as old as The College of Wooster, and I am a big fan. As we approach next year’s sesquicentennial of Dmitri Mendeleev‘s 1869 periodic table, I present a modest addition to the … Continue reading
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Geomorphology – Fall 2018

Post, photos, and illustrations by Victoria Race This semester, the Geomorphology class from the College of Wooster Earth Sciences department went to several local field sites to study geomorphological features, soil catenas, groundwater flow, and other investigations. One of these … Continue reading
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Math Grenade

I just bought a new calculator. New to me, that is, and older than me. Inspired by the 1600s Gottfried Leibniz stepped cylinder and the 1800s Thomas de Colmar arithmometer, the Curta mechanical calculator design was developed by Curt Herzstark while … Continue reading
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New Impact Crater Discovered Under Greenland

If you’re plugged into science news outlets, you’ve likely seen stories about a very large crater that has been detected underneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland (e.g., at Science News).  Here’s the link to the peer-reviewed article in Science Advances, by … Continue reading
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