My daughter was invited to do veterinary research in equine cardiology in Edinburgh this summer. She's looking for volunteers [:0]
Not really, but she just arrived and would love to meet people in Edinburgh and/or find fun things to see and do in the area. Didn't know if anyone from the forum would be willing to be a Scots cultural mentor or pass along intriguing local sights.
General scientific laws which apply: 1. The Basic Law (Murphy’s Law): If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.
2. Law of Recognition: The more you know, the more you will see. a. First corollary: You see what you are looking for. b. Second corollary: You don’t see anything that you aren’t looking for.
Laws of Field Geology 1. Law of Complexity: a. Coat’s First Law: The geology of an area is always more complicated than you think it is going to be. b. The complexity of the geology is directly proportional to the area that is outcrop.
2. Law of Accuracy (Callaghan’s Law): The accuracy of mapping is inversely proportional to the distance from the main roads and the edge of the map.
3. Laws of Inaccessibility: a. The key outcrops and fossil localities are always found at dark, on the last day of the field season, in the most inaccessible part of the project area. b. When localities must be collected and photographed, they are in the most inaccessible part of the area, or you run out of film.
4. Law of Efficiency: The curve of field efficiency is bimodal, peaking at 9:00 a.m., with a smaller peak after lunch, and drops dramatically after 4:00 p.m.
5. Law of Hand Specimens: a. The size of the hand specimen is inversely proportional to the square of the distance to the vehicle. S=K/d2 b. The number of specimens collected by the end of the season is inversely proportional to the abundance of the rock type in the area. Corollary: The season may end without collecting a single sample of the dominant rock type.
I came down with one nasty cold last week, and am now suffering from sinusitus. My wife cackles with glee as she pours salty water up my nose (old wives' tale?), but I don't seem to get quite the same entertainment value out the whole experience.
Any good home remedies for blocked sinuses?
(especially those that don't involve injecting anything into multiple orifices). [:0]
Redoubt Volcano, approximately 250 km southwest of Anchorage Alaska, has been placed on a volcano watch by the Alaska Volcano Observatory due to increased activity during the past week. Scientists expect a possible large, ash-cloud eruption in the near future.
I've been spending quite a bit of time (when not chauffeuring horses about the country) working on a new mining prospect. Unique geology and potentially huge- could contain several million ounces of gold! 
We are still just in the initial exploration stages on this project- it covers an area over 2 square miles in size and based on the steep relief the vertical extent is at least 1000 feet. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, the terrain is covered in dense brush with very little outcrop. Unfortunate, because it makes interpreting the geology very difficult; fortunate, because it would have been found and mined years ago if it was obvious. So we are in what I call the "Victorian Lady" stage of exploration- intrigued and excited by what we see on the surface, but until we remove all those bloomers, petticoats, bustiers and corsets, we have know idea what's really underneath all those layers.
I thought descriptions and updates on this project might be of interest to NSF, and any feedback or questions are welcome (some information can't yet be divulged, for obvious reasons).
The setting is in the northern Rocky Mountains, forested with steeply incised stream valleys (no to little glaciation) and extremely brushy. Best outcrops are along roadcuts:
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What first attracted our attention was the presence of quartz veins (white) containing stibnite (black- antimony sulfide):
Two billion year old rocks recovered from the Arctic seafloor suggest the mantle may be more complex and heterogeneous than previously thought. Jonathan Snow (appropriate name for an Arctic researcher), University of Houston assistant professor of geosciences, collected the rocks along the Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic Ocean between Greenland and Siberia. The rocks were dated using osmium isotopes. http://www.uh.edu/news-events/newsrelease.php?releaseid_int=190
The USGS (US Geological Survey) puts out podcasts called CoreFacts that cover a variety of unique scientific topics (most related to earth and atmospheric science). Fun stuff- recent topics include snow color, jewelry, water flows, volcanos, earthquakes, etc. You can also submit questions for the podcasts (sort of a subdued TNS).