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The Road to Tanegashima

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The Life of a Scientist: Astrobiology in Iceland, Parts III and IV

  • By Christina Richey
  • December 13, 2012
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This is Parts III and IV of my blog about doing astrobiology in Iceland. Read parts I and II. Part III: Field Work: ATP and the search for life in hostile environments Icelandic horses (with the most fabulous 80s hair) in front of the Brenninsteinsalda Rhyolite Mountains. Photo courtesy of … Continue Reading →


Astrobiology in Iceland

The Life of a Scientist: Astrobiology in Iceland, Parts I and II

  • By Christina Richey
  • December 7, 2012
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The Nordic-NASA Astrobiology Summer School “Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe,” was held July 1-15 in Iceland. The school was organized by Wolf Geppert, the director of the Stockholm University Astrobiology Center, and Karen Meech, the director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of … Continue Reading →


Poland's Rich Scientific History

Poland’s Rich Scientific History

This past summer, I took a trip to Poland, specifically, Warsaw and Krakow. My husband was there for a scientific conference, and I was there as a tourist, but I was amazed at the amount of science and science history there was to be found whilst seeing touristy things. One … Continue Reading →


The Life of a Scientist

The Life of a Scientist: Traveling to ACM 2012, Niigata, Japan

  • By Christina Richey
  • July 12, 2012
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The 2012 Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) Conference, was held mid-May in Niigata, Japan. The conference brought together approximately 400 scientists from over 30 countries to present observational, experimental, and theoretical results on small bodies (see the group photo below). I presented my experimental work on metal-silicate dust grain analogs and … Continue Reading →


Ring Around the Moon

Ring Around the Moon

It all started when my friend Craig mentioned that there was an upcoming annular eclipse that would be visible from the US. And that maybe we should go to Portland to visit it. Or better yet, Arizona, where the skies would be much more likely to be clear! Solar eclipses … Continue Reading →


An "X-ray Astronomer" Among Radio Telescopes

An “X-ray Astronomer” Among Radio Telescopes

To me, an observational astronomer, there is no such thing as X-ray astronomy. What I do is astronomical research on objects that happen to emit X-rays, as well as ultraviolet, visible, and infrared, etc. light. My research interest is not X-rays, but astronomical objects called cataclysmic variables and symbiotic stars … Continue Reading →


Beautiful Science

[Maggie’s blog] Beautiful Science

On my recent vacation to Los Angeles, I visited Huntington Gardens. It’s a gorgeous place and in addition to gardens, it has several museums. I was very excited to see their permanent exhibit of old and rare science books. The exhibit is called “Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World” … Continue Reading →


A Visit to Palomar

A Visit to Palomar

The last time I visited an observatory, it was an ancient Chinese one. This time I visited one a little closer to home. When I learned that I was going to be in Southern California (visiting my husband who was there for back-to-back science conferences), I knew I had to … Continue Reading →


Paying Tribute to the Scientists of the 16th & 17th Centuries

Paying Tribute to the Scientists of the 16th & 17th Centuries

We all know that Nicolaus Copernicus revolutionized our view of the universe. Who would you pick as the top scientists who further developed astronomy during the 16th and 17th centuries? I would pick Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Edmond Halley as my top five. I got … Continue Reading →


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