Category Archives: Science

The global network of subsea digital communication cables and the coastal hub cities that stand to benefit from them

Despite the fanfare surrounding satellite networks, subsea cables still transmit 99 percent of all data between continents. Much like the interstate highway system, airline networks, and railways, undersea global communication cables form a hub and spoke system, albeit being somewhat … Continue reading

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Detailed volcanic maps of New Mexico

The maps shown below are from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History website and includes cool links to the volcanic geology of this amazing state. The subsequent maps and data about the volcanic field pop up when you click … Continue reading

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Can certain cloud formations warn us of earthquakes?

This fascinating debate has been ongoing in the geology community for several decades. Using satellite imagery, retired Chemist Zhonghao Shou has found that certain cloud formations can foretell upcoming earthquakes with remarkable accuracy. Between 1994 and 2001 alone, his notifications … Continue reading

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The love of observing clouds

But, not just any clouds, mind you. The clouds this blogger loves to watch and appreciate the most are those of the American Southwest, particularly of the High Desert regions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Somehow, someway they … Continue reading

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Salt of the Earth: Striking beauty of desert salt flats (or pans)

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a salt flat (or pan), they are one of the most strikingly beautiful natural features on the planet. The remoteness, the otherworldly feel, the arid environment, and the rugged visual contrasts are … Continue reading

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“RESET” – Where planning intersects sci-fi and John Lennon

Imagine if you will, a place and time where society has barely survived nuclear armageddon (the Last War) and reestablished itself in four (4) distinct, unique, climate-controlled, and self-sustained cities in the Mojave Desert – Callisto, Lysithea, Europa, and Elara. This utopian society was founded by an omnipotent Planner by employing wisdom derived from the lyrics of John Lennon’s most enduring song – “Imagine.” Continue reading

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“Project Hail Mary” – Science fiction at its very best!

I cannot express enough accolades about Andy Weir’s newest novel, Project Hail Mary. The book is simply outstanding. It’s one of those books that is hard to put down and you never want to end. I don’t want to give … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from the Atomic “City” of Los Alamos

Few places on Earth are located amidst such an enchanting and picturesque setting (multiple mesas) which are interlaced with canyons and surrounded by mountains. Scenic vistas abound here. The logistical challenges of establishing any community, let alone a top-secret one, … Continue reading

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Marquette acts to protect migrating blue-spotted salamanders

Most of us are familiar with lengthy bird migrations that take place each spring and fall, as well as the impressive migration of Monarch butterflies from the United States and Canada to central Mexico and back each year. There is … Continue reading

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The pioneers behind historic Black-owned pharmacies

A quick trip to the drugstore sounds like a typically mundane shopping adventure we all have taken from time to time. Unfortunately, for Black Americans, especially during America’s Jim Crow segregation era, a trip to the pharmacy for prescriptions or … Continue reading

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