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Sunday, February 12, 2017

March for Science: Earth Day, April 22

     The upcoming March for Science will be held in Washington, D. C., and in satellite cities across the country and around the world on Earth Day, April 22.

     Planning for the March for Science has been gaining momentum. I am playing a small part in organizing Denver's march.

           There are hat knitting  patterns

and t-shirts,

and even NPR Science Friday valentines.

         We are already thinking up signs.

        My favorite sign is worth one more look:

        Maybe it's time for that trip to France, oui?

     Will you be participating in a March for Science ?

      P.S. I tucked that tardigrade valentine in there because, well, how could I RESIST?!

The Polar Bear Experiment (see comment section below).

1. Making clay mountains with topo lines: 

2. Adding water and "icebergs:" 

3. Time passes, the icebergs melt and the polar bears' home is submerged:


  1. My sister, who just retired from NIH, will probably be doing the Washington Science March. Not sure yet if there will be a march in my area.

    1. Glad your sister will be going, Joanne.

      So far there are over 225 marches planned so I expect one might be near you.

  2. Love the tardigrade Valentine, Steph. "There is no Planet B" is clever. The "brain hat" may be a little creepy for my squeamish sensibilities, however.

    In my neck of the woods, Minnesota and Wisconsin, six communities have planned marches for science: St. Paul, Milwaukee, Madison, Duluth, Rochester, Grand Rapids. Nothing planned thus far in my neck of the neck of the woods in St. Cloud, Minn.

    Your "Strange New World" link prompts me to ponder how to best persuade people that climate change is not just some fringe cause embraced by "kookie tree-huggers" but is a serious issue recognized by out best and brightest scientists. Preaching to the choir is no good. You've got to somehow figure out how to sing an accessible song that all will understand and want to sing along with.


    1. The tardigrade valentine warmed my heart, too, Lego!

      I think showing folks is the best way to show that climate change is real.

      A tour of parents was coming through the school after we had made mountains of clay, added polar bear figurines, then added water and "icebergs." The kids drew a line on the container where the water level was and then went out to play (giving the ice time to melt.)

      One tour guy said something along the lines of "Oh, is that climate change real then?"

      I merely suggested he go inside to check out the polar bear situation.

      When he came back out, he said "Ah, I see now."

      I will post a few photos of our kindergarten experiment above. They grasped it immediately as they saw their mountains and places for polar bears to live submerged. . .

    2. I'm waiting for the Trump administration to suggest relocating polar bears and melting icebergs to the Lower 48 to help Smokey with forest fires.

      I will be unable to participate in the marches, but will be supporting.

    3. Leading people into the light, one "Ah, I see now" at a time. I love that approach. I just fear that so many people who hear the words "march," "chant," and "demonstrate" simply shut their ears down. And they are exactly the ones who need to hear what is actually happening to their planet. Our divide is great.


    4. Thanks for your support, jan and Lego.

      I heartily agree with you that one on one is the way to convince people that climate change is real. I am resolving to reach as many people as possible individually before the Earth Day march. Maybe I'll send Senator Cory Gardner and 45 the kindergarten photos.

  3. What is being pruned {and Prunella has nothing to do with it. . .}

    1. The last Canadian government also tried to muzzle their scientists.

      Don't know about Prunella, but the noun and verb forms of "prune" seem to have nothing in common, etymologically.

    2. "Stay vigilant and stay vocal. In other words, stay scientists."

  4. We've discussed a sand shortage caused by demand for concrete. The other thing you need for that is cement.

    1. I think it best not to mess with the neak ta. . .

    2. I've never understood why anyone would want to make a mess, anyway.

  5. Re: SciFri Valentines: My ambulance squad just posted this on their Facebook page.

  6. Most scientific papers deal with esoterica. Here's one that I found mentioned in a little sidebar in today's New York Times science section that's so simple, basic and significant in its import that I had to share it. If you give pregnant women in labor 5% dextrose in normal saline (common as dirt in any hospital) in their IVs instead of plain normal saline, you cut 76 minutes off the duration of labor without any other effects. How has no one noticed this before???

  7. Replies
    1. Does a roof that leaks when ice dams form count?

    2. That's a drag, jan. Is this a current situation?

    3. No, not as long as I clear the snow off that section with my 12-foot long roof rake.

  8. "They did all kinds of things like with Uranium. You know Uranium. . ."

    Face plant, face plant, face plant. . .

    "Not good. Not good. Not good."

    Not good. Face plant. Not good. Face plant.

    This is terrifying.

    1. ^^^ 45, in case you could not guess. . .

    2. "You know what uranium is, right? It's a thing called nuclear weapons and other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium, including some bad things."

      "Like lots of things are done with uranium."

      "including some bad things"

      "bad things. . ."

  9. " 'Like New' Coprolite Fossils From East Central Utah" post is now up.