Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Science is about Finding New Questions

A front-page headline in the USA Today newspaper makes me think that there is a growing interest in the questions being asked at the Sanford Lab Underground Research Facility.
What is dark matter/energy?  How does the neutrino fit into our understanding of matter and anti-matter? What more can we know about the origins of our universe?

We need more people to ask more questions.  Science isn't about memorizing facts or settling for answers long since typed into a dusty textbook.  Science is about pursuing a deeper understanding of the physical universe--and then using that deeper understanding to ask more (and more) questions.

Science isn't the only way that humans probe the deep mysteries of our universe---but, it's one of them.  We reach out to understand that which we cannot directly see, hear or touch and we find answers that lead to more questions.  And, we call that good.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Eclipse 2017--Coming Soon to a Sky Near You

Up, up and away.  A group of amazing, smart, caring and energetic college students are working to be ready.   Ready for life and--yes--ready for the chance of a lifetime:  the total solar eclipse. These kids are working for NASA this summer, practicing their weather balloon launches as they prepare to gather and track data as the total eclipse makes its way across western Nebraska.  The team has been studying computerized models of the weather, and the balloon's expected trajectory.  They are a part of a large project which will gather data as the eclipse covers the United States.  

On August 21, you'll be able to watch their live-stream from the balloons, at Eclipse Across America.

Count me IN!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg visits Sanford Lab

Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg made the one-mile journey deep underground to the Sanford Underground Research Facility.  He donned the PPE (hardhat, safety glasses, coveralls and a backpack with a rescue respirator) and stepped into the cage to descend down the Yates shaft to the underground Davis campus.  

His Facebook Live video now has over 4 million views.  Wow.  

“There are a lot of places that have had their economy primarily focused on natural resources, or on the land, that are shifting to modern knowledge economies.  And, making it so that rather than people fighting over resources (if one person has gold another person doesn’t have it)--with a knowledge economy, that’s not the case.  You learn something new, you discover something, and everyone can benefit from that.”    Mark Zuckerberg