Daily Archives: September 5, 2009

Master Amanda!

Well, tonight we had a modest little party at the lake to celebrate Amanda’s completion of the last requirement of her Master of Biological Science Degree. This is what teachers call a “content area” degree. In other words, it is not an education degree, but a degree in the actual real world content, in this case, biology (as the name of the degree strongly implies). This is a fairly impressive thing for a teacher to do, and she did a good job of it.

Ah, I remember well, that on our very first date we talked about the idea of her getting this degree, and I encouraged her to do it. (You know about that first date if you read this … )

I’m sure some of her “capstone” research was secret, so I can’t tell you much about it, but it has to do with combining body parts of different species to achieve some sort of interesting effect and then make graphs of it. The ultimate outcome will be to stop aging and cure disease and stuff.


New high res images from mars


Mars Orbiter has captured thousands of images in high resolution from the surface of the Grumpy Reddish Planet. The picture you see here is a chain of pit craters. That must have been one helluva noisy event. Reminds me of the walls at the Entebe Airport.

Anyway, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera takes pictures that are about 6 km wide and some greater amount long, wiht resolution down to as small as one meter. The pictures are being released a few at a time and you can access them here.

There are even 3D images but you will need special glasses to see them.