September 2015

Solar Calendar
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/14/2015 2:00:00 PM

Today we've started a multi-lesson investigating the Sun and it's motion and position in the sky at different times of the day, year, and season, as well as from different locations around the globe.  I shared with students the video clip below which shares a monument built by a group of people that are relatively unknown from 2500 years ago.  This is one of the earliest attempts (that we have evidence for) of a group constructing a way to track the Sun throughout the year.  Enjoy!

 

Is there an upper limit to temperature?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 6/15/2015 8:00:00 AM
As my students were studying heat and temperature, several asked whether there was an upper limit to temperature, an opposite of absolute zero?  I in turned posed the question to an astrophysicist in Oregon, Ethan Siegel, and he then blogged about it!
 
You can find his answer here.

Wanderers
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/15/2014 2:00:00 PM
This is an excellent video imagining what future space exploration might be like:
 

Welcome back!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/4/2014 2:30:00 AM
Today we discussed as a class what we all need to do to make the classroom a Professional Student Community.  As part of this, I had the students watch the video shown below.  Lots of good advice!
 

Gold
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/24/2014 3:00:00 PM
We've been learning about atoms and elements in class and students saw how the element gold is extracted from the Earth and processed into a typical gold bar.  Coincidentally, a very nice article was published that looks at where gold came from originally and why it is here.
 
Origin of Gold
 

Black Holes
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/20/2014 3:00:00 PM
National Geographic has a great article on black holes in this months issue.  You can read it here.
 
Credit: Mark Garlick

Comet ISON
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/18/2013 3:00:00 PM

Name an Asteroid
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/5/2013 2:00:00 PM
There is an online contest to win the chance to name an asteroid.  Details can be found here.  The contest ends November 30th.
 
Name an Asteroid Banner

Science World Homework
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/28/2013 2:00:00 AM
A Science World (Apes with Apps) assignment is due tomorrow (10/29) and if you've lost or forgotten your magazine, you can find the digital issue here.

Reason For Seasons
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/24/2013 1:00:00 AM

Student Guide Online Access
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/2/2013 1:00:00 PM
To access the Student Guide online, please click on the Earth in Space Links page.  It is the first link provided and includes the username and password.

Skyward Update
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/10/2013 8:00:00 AM
Dear Parents & Guardians,
 
 
Please check your Skyward profile to make sure your email address is up-to-date and entered accurately.  Most of my email messages are sent directly through Skyward, and if there are any errors in your profile, you will not receive them.  This is also true for any other teacher that may try to contact you.  Thanks!

Email Issues
Posted by Cameron Peters at 6/9/2013 8:00:00 PM
Our district has been having some problems with outgoing emails.  If you (parents) have an email through Comcast, Yahoo, or Gmail, I cannot currently send out emails to those domains.  So, I'm not ignoring you!  If you've sent recent questions about student's latest quiz, ask them about it after school tomorrow.  Or, call my room phone: 598.1051.  Thanks!

A Boy and his Atom
Posted by Cameron Peters at 5/2/2013 2:00:00 PM

Life in Space
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/19/2013 2:00:00 PM
Astronaut Chris Hadfield of Canada (currently mission commander on the International Space Station) has been filming lots of little video clips of life without gravity.  You can find a complete selection of them here but I'll include one below:
 

Amazing Students
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/8/2013 3:00:00 PM
A great story about a school community.
 

What's in Coke?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/5/2013 3:00:00 PM
Have you ever wondered not only what is in Coca Cola but how it got there?  Wonder no longer.

Name Pluto's Moons!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/11/2013 2:00:00 PM
The scientists at SETI who discovered the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto are opening up to the public the opportunity to name them.  Go to the following website and vote today.  Voting ends on the 25th of February.  If you have your own idea for a name, you can enter a submission.  Be a part of history!
 
NASA/ESA/Showalter  

Crazy Far
Posted by Cameron Peters at 1/7/2013 2:00:00 PM
A topic that often comes up in class is the idea of traveling to other star systems.  Recently, National Geographic published an interesting article on the issue and all of the challenges associated.  You can find it here.

Exoplanet
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/19/2012 2:30:00 PM
Astronomers have captured a direct image of a planet in another solar system.  Full details here.
 
Planet b  

Our Story in 1 Minute
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/14/2012 3:00:00 PM

Assessment Inspiration
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/31/2012 10:00:00 AM
The students first graded quiz is tomorrow and as a way to inspire confidence and a strong mental attitude, here is the best example I know of how to go about it:
 
 

Name that Tunnel Borer!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/29/2012 3:00:00 PM
WSDOT Tunnel  The Washington State Department of Transportation is having a contest to name the boring machine (not that kind of boring!) that will be in operation soon.  If you're interested, full details are here.

Storms on Saturn
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/26/2012 7:00:00 AM

Shuttle Journey Through LA
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/22/2012 3:30:00 PM

The 128,000 Foot Jump
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/15/2012 2:00:00 PM
Felix Baumgartner made his record free fall on Sunday.  Below is a video highlight of his jump plus a bonus Lego recreation!
 

What Would A Starship Actually Look Like?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/22/2012 10:00:00 AM
Find out here.

Time Lapse Video of Ireland
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/18/2012 3:00:00 PM

Star Gazing Tonight!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/17/2012 3:00:00 PM
Mr. Goar, from Kingston Middle School, will be leading a star gazing session at the Poulsbo Middle School football field this evening at 8:45 pm.  All are welcome.  He'll have his largest telescope and you'll be able to see night sky objects like never before!

Curiosity's Descent: Live!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/13/2012 3:00:00 PM

Wheels
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/10/2012 2:00:00 PM
The Mars rover Curiosity checking out its wheels, with Mount Sharp in the background.
 
Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory  

Welcome Back!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/4/2012 12:00:00 PM
Welcome to 8th Grade Science!  We've got a great year ahead of us and I'm excited to get started.  Please look through the links on the sidebar and familiarize yourself with the resources on this site.  Please have your science notebook (composition notebook) ready for Thursday, along with your writing utensils.  If you have any questions as we go, don't hesitate to ask.  Below is an image I found this summer that I thought would resonate with the students and relates to scientific thinking.
 
Credible Hulk  

Absolute Zero
Posted by Cameron Peters at 5/7/2012 11:00:00 AM
One aspect of matter that we've been discussing is temperature.  PBS Nova had a great program called Absolute Zero that explored scientists quest to achieve the coldest temperature possible, with a great accompanying website.  I've added the program below:
 

How Big is an Atom?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/27/2012 7:00:00 AM

Magnify the Universe
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/26/2012 2:00:00 PM

The Universe made possible by Number Sleuth

Asteroid Mining
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/24/2012 2:00:00 PM
A new company was announced today with the intent of developing the ability to mine near-Earth asteroids.  They are called Planetary Resources.  Below is an announcement trailer that explains their vision.  A great next step in space exploration!

The Challenge of Getting to Mars: Cruising
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/19/2012 3:00:00 PM

 

Critical Thinking Part 1 - A Valuable Argument
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/19/2012 3:00:00 PM

 

The Most Astounding Fact of the Universe
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/6/2012 3:00:00 PM

 

Keck Observatory in Motion
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/15/2012 3:00:00 PM
Details on what's happening can be found here.

 

Keck in Motion from Andrew Cooper on Vimeo.

The Scale of the Universe
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/15/2012 3:00:00 PM

 From galaxy clusters to quantum foam and everything in between!  Check it out here.

Norwegian Northern Lights
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/9/2012 5:00:00 PM

Sounds of the Universe
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/9/2012 5:00:00 PM

 For an explanation, go here.

Do We Need a Leap Second?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/1/2012 6:00:00 PM

 This is apparently a harder question to answer than expected.  See here for the interesting story.

Is Mars Really Red?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/14/2011 4:00:00 PM

 

Impact Earth
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/14/2011 3:00:00 PM

 What would the effects of an asteroid impact on Earth be like?  Control all of the parameters yourself using this neat calculator to see whether we would survive: Impact Earth!

Earth from Space
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/14/2011 3:00:00 PM

Below is an amazing video taken by the astronauts on the International Space Station. Personally, I found Egypt and the Nile River at night to be especially telling.

 

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Quiz!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/1/2011 6:00:00 PM

 On Friday, November 4th, will be a quiz on lessons 1-4.  Start studying!

Asteroids and Us
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/14/2011 5:00:00 PM

 

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    Quiz
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/5/2011 6:00:00 PM

     Our first quiz of the year will be on Wednesday, October 12th.  It will cover lessons 2 and 3.  Start studying!

    When NASA Attacks!
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/26/2011 1:05:00 PM

    To Boldly Go....
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/19/2011 5:45:00 PM

     NASA has announced its next generation system to bring astronauts and cargo to orbit and beyond: The Space Launch System.

    NASA

    Tatooine
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/19/2011 5:00:00 PM

    NASA NASA's Kepler telescope has found the first planet orbiting two stars, dubbed Tatooine!  More details here.
     

    Stellar Photographs (Pun Intended)
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/9/2011 4:00:00 PM

     Here are a collection of award winning images of all things astronomical.  Enjoy the weekend!

    Jupiter

    Kids & Creativity
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/6/2011 4:00:00 PM

    This is a great short documentary (~5 minutes) about a group of kids in Thailand who take matters into their own hands. Inspiration and fun.

     

    Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/11/2011 4:00:00 PM

    Japanese Tsunami 2011

    Here are a couple of links to provide images and video during and after the massive earthquake off of Japan yesterday.

    Is Their A New Planet in the Outer Solar System?
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/16/2011 6:05:00 PM

     No,.  Astronomer Phil Plait has the story.

    Can We Make It To Mars?
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 1/20/2011 7:00:00 PM

     

    Watch the full episode. See more NOVA scienceNOW.

    First rocky exoplanet found!
    Posted by Cameron Peters at 1/11/2011
    NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first rocky exoplanet comparable in size to Earth.

     


Mt. St. Helens 30-years Later
Posted by Cameron Peters at 5/18/2010 12:00:00 PM

 Credit: USGS

For more amazing pictures, click here.

Iceland Eruption Video
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/19/2010 2:05:00 PM

More Pictures
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/19/2010 2:00:00 PM

Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

More amazing pictures from Iceland's volcano can be found here.

Mt. St. Helens - 30 Years After
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/19/2010 2:00:00 PM

Credit: Diane Cook & Len Jenshel

The current issue of National Geographic has an article looking at Mount St. Helen's 30 years later.  You can find the full feature here.

Icelandic Eruption
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/15/2010 3:00:00 PM

 

Credit: HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images

The Big Picture has some great new photos of the ongoing eruption in Iceland.  Check it out!

Undersea Volcano
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/12/2010 2:00:00 PM

Credit: CNN

Scientists have discovered the deepest undersea volcano to date.  More info can be found here, including some great video of the discovery.

Lightning Eruption
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/10/2010 2:00:00 PM

 Here's a great new photo from Astronomy Picture of the Day:

APOD

Women in Science
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/5/2010 3:00:00 PM

 Here's a great new site by the National Academies that hopes to raise interest among girls in the sciences.  Have a browse.

Dinosaur Colors
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/5/2010 2:00:00 PM

Nat. Geo. 

For the first time, paleontologists have unearthed fossils that provide evidence for a dinosaurs color.  You can find a 3D version here.

Astronomy Advent Calendar
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/8/2009 1:50:00 PM

 Check this site to see a spectacular astronomy picture everyday until Christmas.

Carina Nebula

Counting Ants
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/4/2009 2:00:00 PM

Here's a great video that is a perfect example of the scientific process.

 

Solar System to Scale
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/10/2009 8:00:00 AM

 A very nice collection of images showing our solar systems planets and moons to scale.

The Large Picture Blog

Becoming Human
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/4/2009 2:00:00 PM

 PBS Nova is airing a 3-part series on human evolution, which began last night and continues for the next two Tuesday.  Check it out here.

New Websites
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/29/2009 9:00:00 AM

 I've posted some new websites under the Catastrophic Events Links page.  Go have a gander.

Seattle Earthquake
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/28/2009 6:00:00 PM

What would happen if Seattle were hit with a 7.0 earthquake. Check the video below for a possible scenario.

 

Tsunami Preparation
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/28/2009 6:00:00 PM

 Possible tsunami evacuation building that is being proposed for the west coast.

Via: Science Daily

For the Weekend
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/16/2009 3:20:00 PM

 Here are a couple of images to start off the weekend:

Pygmy hippo baby

Typhoon Parma and Melor

Is the Earth Doomed?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/14/2009 8:00:00 PM

 Students have been asking me about 2012 and the end of the world.  Is it really going to happen.  In a word, no.  But, it makes for a great conspiracy theory.

Nobel Prize for Medicine
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/5/2009 7:00:00 PM
This years Nobel Prize for Medicine went to three Americans for their groundbreaking work on telomeres and telomerase.  More information about the discovery can be found here.

Telomere caps

Catastrophic Events
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/30/2009 9:00:00 PM

 Tomorrow we begin our unit on Catastrophic Events (storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes).  Coincidentally, there have been a number of events in the last couple of days including a tsunami, earthquake, and typhoon. 

Phillipines

The Science of Illusions
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/16/2009 1:45:00 PM

 Today students spent time examining a variety of illusions, attempting to identify how they were being fooled.  The point of the lesson was to demonstrate that perception is not always truth, and science is a tool to understand what lies beneath a seemingly strange reality.  Below are links to a variety of sites to boggle your mind.

Growing Pyramids

Optical Illusions

M.C. Escher

Clever Stuff

Nature's Most Amazing Events
Posted by Cameron Peters at 5/29/2009 2:40:00 PM

 Tonight on the Discovery Channel begins a six episode series called Nature's Most Amazing Events.  A couple of the episodes focus on animals located in the Northwest and it looks pretty amazing. 

Glowing Hand of Doom!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 4/9/2009 2:00:00 PM

 PulsarHere's a great post from Bad Astonomy about a recent image taken by the Chandra Observatory.  The energies involved are mind boggling.

Tonga Volcano
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/19/2009 2:00:00 PM

A pretty spectacular volcanic eruption occurred off the coast of Tonga  yesterday.  Go here for some great photos.

Kepler Launch
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/9/2009 2:00:00 PM

NASA NASA's new space telescope, Kepler, was launched over the weekend.  It's primary purpose is to search for planets similar to our own, i.e. smaller, rocky planets a similar distance from their own star.  Up until now, most planets discovered outside our solar system have been large, similar to Jupiter.  It would be extremely exciting to find how common Earth-like planets are in other solar systems.  Keep your eye on this Kepler website for any discoveries.

(The telescope was named after this guy.)

New Science Unit
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/9/2009 2:00:00 PM

 Wikipedia

We started our new science unit today, Catastrophic Events.  We will be focusing on storms, earthquakes and volcanos.  I've added new links to the left side of the webpage, internet resources and copies of Student Sheets that we will be using in conjuction with our science notebooks.  Please talk to your child about what they are learning throughout the rest of the semester.  I especially encourage discussion about events in the news that may tie in to these topics.

Robots!
Posted by Cameron Peters at 3/4/2009 2:00:00 PM

 Robots galore!

Giant Snake
Posted by Cameron Peters at 2/4/2009 3:45:00 PM

 Vertebra

Scientists have found the skeleton of the largest snake known, Titanoboa cerrejonensis.  It was about as long as a school bus and over 2000 pounds.  See here for a nice description.

Life on Mars?
Posted by Cameron Peters at 1/15/2009 2:50:00 PM

NASA scientists presented some intriguing findings from Mars: methane.  Methane by itself may not sound particularly exciting, afterall, we have plenty of it here on eart too.  But, it's presence has raised scientists hopes that it could have been (or is being) produced by microorganisms.  There are other explanations as well, including a possible volcanic origin, but the type of methane does not seem to fit.

Best Jobs
Posted by Cameron Peters at 1/8/2009 3:00:00 PM

 CareerCast, an internet site that helps people find careers and jobs, conducted a study to find the 20 best jobs out there, based on factors like income, environement, health, job availability, and stress.  Number one job: mathematician.  You can find the whole list here.

Fraction Rap
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/16/2008 7:00:00 PM

 

If you don't understand math....
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/15/2008 7:00:00 PM

 You might think this makes sense:

 

Name That Rover
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/9/2008 11:00:00 AM

 NASA is sponsoring a contest to name the next Mars Rover, which will be launched in 2011.  All K-12 students are eligible.  The grand prize winner gets flown out to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California where they will tour the facility and sign their name on the actual rover that is to be sent to Mars.  Deadline is January 25,2009, so don't wait!  Follow the above links for rules and guidelines.

NASA/JPL

Hubble December Calendar
Posted by Cameron Peters at 12/3/2008 2:00:00 PM

The Big Picture, a photographic series put on by the Boston Herald, is publishing a picture-a-day from the Hubble Telescope.  Check it out to get your daily dose of wonder.

Assembler 2
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/27/2008 1:00:00 PM

 Since the kids seemed to think Assembler was too easy, here's Assembler 2, which is billed as being more challenging.  Give it a try.

Assembler
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/12/2008 8:00:00 PM

 I've added a new game to the EMM Links page called Assembler that ties in nicely to our current science unit.  It's a simple game but incorporates all of the ideas of force, motion and simple machines that we will be studying.  Don't get addicted!

Revised Classroom Expecations & Grading
Posted by Cameron Peters at 11/12/2008 3:00:00 PM

 Due to some behaviors that are interfering with classroom learning, I"ve revised my classrom expectations.  In addition, these behaviors are now graded on a weekly basis, which will make up 5% of their grade.  You can view them on Friday (or the weekend) on Skyward.  I've attached a copy of the guidelines in the Files section of my website.

Math Help
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/30/2008 1:25:00 PM

 I've uploaded to my Files page, and am sending home, a copy of How to Help Your Child in Math.  This document  has info, tips, and strategies about how to support you child at home.

Space Links
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/30/2008 1:00:00 PM

 For those of you with an interest in astronomy, there are a couple of new sites you might like.  One is the Worldwide Telescope, similar to Google Earth but for the Universe.  Very cool.  Another is a fantastic Flash Animation that looks at the 32 closest stars to our solar system.  You can zoom in and find all sorts of info about them.  Give it a try.

Math & Science Club
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/27/2008 12:05:00 PM

 Just a reminder, the Math & Science Club meets Monday's during lunch for interested students.  This is a great opportunity to perfom some cool experiments, solve puzzles and generally improve your ability to think mathematically and scientifically.  If you want more info, email Amy Roszak, the director, at jar2@localnet.com.

Correcting Tests
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/9/2008 4:00:00 PM

Just a reminder that if students decide to corret their tests (and they should) for either math or science, they need to use the specific guidelines that were addressed at the beginning of the year.  Students were given a copy of the format and you can find it under the Files section of my website.  Math corrections for the first test are due next Tuesday.  Students will be getting their Sound quiz back on Tuesday as well and will have a week to correct it.

Patriot's Pen
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/7/2008 12:00:00 PM

 A contest for kids:

The VFW National programs and local Posts in Kingston, Bremerton, Silverdale, and Port Orchard are interested in providing opportunities to students in high, junior high, and elementary schools to compete for up to $30,000 as a grand prize for Voice of Democracy Audio Essay, up to $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond for Patriot's Pen Essay, and teachers in grades k-5, 6 through 8, and 9 through 12 each have a chance at $1000 prize to school and $1000 to the recommended teacher.  In addition to the grand prizes, there will be all expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. for each state winner in each category. 

The Voice of Democracy (VOD) is designed for students in grades 9 through 12.  Patriot's Pen is intended for students in grades 6 through 8, and Youth Essay contestants writing on the theme:  "My Thanks to America's Armed Forces" may be entered by students in grades 5 and below. 

The application deadline for these competitions is Nov. 1, 2008.

Additional details and application forms are available at:  http://www.vfw.org (click on "Programs").

Home schooled students are also eligible. Additionally those desiring to enter the VOD contest, but are hearing or speech impaired may contact National Headquarters VFW at (816)968-1117.

For additional information, contact:

Michael Johnson

Post 4992

9981 Central Valley Rd.

Silverdale, WA 98383 

(360) 692-4992 

Solar Prominence
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/4/2008 4:00:00 PM

Solar Prominence

From: APOD

Strengthening Families
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/4/2008 3:00:00 PM

 NK school district is one of the sponsors of a series of classes called Strengthening Families, which aims to help parents learn about adolescent children and students to learn about what they can expect from themselves and their peers in the next few years.  Sessions are on Wednesday nights, from 10/8 until 11/19 from 5pm to 8pm.  Dinner is provided and there is free childcare for kids 2 years or older.  Looks like a great opportunity for families to learn more about each other and head off common conflicts that occur during the teen years.  If you're interested, call Cindy Drover at: 598.4219 ext. 276.

Science & Math News
Posted by Cameron Peters at 10/3/2008 3:00:00 PM

 Students will be getting back their first math test on Monday.  Some grades are already posted on Skyward and the rest will be up this weekend.  As with any quiz or test, students will have the opportunity to correct their mistakes (using a specific format that has already been provided) for additional credit.  Students have one week to make these corrections.  Also, we begin our first unit in Connected Math on Monday.  Check out the Math Links page for additional information about the program, as well as helpful links.

In science, students need a small rock (1" diameter) for class on Monday and will be taking a quiz on Sound on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!

Rays on the Move
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/23/2008 3:00:00 PM

 Golden Rays

Golden rays are migrating in massive numbers off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  For more photos, go here.

Earth & Milky Way
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/8/2008 8:15:00 PM

Atom Smasher
Posted by Cameron Peters at 9/7/2008 7:30:00 PM

 LHC installationTomorrow night the Large Hadron Collider turns on.  This is a giant particle accelerator in Europe that aims to discover a variety of interesting things about our Universe.  The History Channel is hosting a program Tuesday night, 8pm to mark its ignition.  To quote them:

"After 40 years of planning and construction, the biggest science experiment in history is ready to be tested. The "Large Hadron Collider" is an experiment created by the greatest minds in physics. It cost $10 billion and its resulting data has the potential to explain why we and the Universe exist. Their idea is to smash protons towards one another at the speed of light, trying to mimic what happened in the milliseconds after The Big Bang. Viewers will go on an amazing journey involving the struggles to plan and build the LHC, how it was constructed and what are its mechanics. Explore the future of what's possible through the geniuses of today."

Albino Shark
Posted by Cameron Peters at 8/28/2008 1:00:00 PM

Courtesy: Barcroft Media

I thought I'd start the year with a great photograph: an albino whale shark off the coast of Darwin, an island in the Galapagos.

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