Relativistic Colors

Metallium, Inc. is attempting to manufacture coins made from as many different metals (and elements) as possible, typically 99 to 99.9% pure. My Metallium coin collection currently includes aluminum, titanium, iron, nickel, copper, zinc, silver, tin, and gold coins. Most … Continue reading
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Science Olympiad training, fossil events

Wooster, Ohio — I had the pleasure today of assisting with the training of Olympians! The above three students are from Orrville High and Middle Schools, along with their coach the ace geology high school teacher Jim Duxbury. They came … Continue reading
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Advice from a Grad Student

I caught up with Wooster Geologist Clara Deck (’17) at the AGU meeting in December. Clara is a grad student who has been doing exciting research on glaciers. I asked her to tell us a little about her research and … Continue reading
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Bringing three new Silurian bryozoan species into the world

I love being part of the scientific process of naming new organisms and placing them into the grand narrative that is the history of life. It is a kind of rescue — retrieving species from oblivion by giving them identities. … Continue reading
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Sometimes a Cold Snap is Just a Cold Snap

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, The College Wooster closed due to cold. This cold snap was felt across much of the central and eastern USA. The message Wooster staff and faculty received included this statement: “The National Weather Service is … Continue reading
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College to resume normal operations Thursday

Dear Campus Community: The hourly weather forecast calls for a better day tomorrow than today, with gradually diminishing winds overnight, and gradually increasing temperatures throughout the day.The temperature will start to climb above zero as of 11:00 a.m. Therefore, the college will resume … Continue reading
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Weather-related cancellations on Jan. 30

Dear Campus Community: Extremely cold weather will move into the Wooster area tonight, and the National Weather Service is forecasting daytime temperatures tomorrow between -3 and -7 degrees Fahrenheit, and wind chills of -25 to -30. In these weather conditions, exposed … Continue reading
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720° untangles 360° tangles

Despite growing up in three dimensions, as a kid I did not recognize one of 3D’s deep and subtle properties: full rotations tangle, but double rotations untangle! Following physicist Paul Dirac, twist a belt one full turn about its length. … Continue reading
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Conulariid and trepostome bryozoan symbiosis in the Upper Ordovician of Estonia

A new paper is just out in which all the characters have been covered previously in this blog, but not as parts of a single story. It describes an interprets the relationship between the mysterious conulariids and trepostome bryozoans in … Continue reading
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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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