Monday, December 27, 2010

Milwaukee Public Museum - Online

Virtual Exhibit - Featured Collections - Exhibitions - Milwaukee Public Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum is one of the oldest in the U.S., and is a great place to visit. Here you can browse some of the artifacts in their collections online!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Lunar Eclipse Slide Show - Stunning Pictures of Total Lunar Eclipse

Lunar EclipseDid you miss the lunar eclipse in the early hours of December 21? Me, too! Here's a great slide show of what we missed.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Electronics Revolution: Today, 1947

Dec. 23, 1947: Transistor Opens Door to Digital Future | This Day In Tech |

Bell Laboratories, 1947Our modern electronic age, with cell phones, mp3 players, computers, digital watches, and all the rest began with the invention of the transistor 64 years ago today. What will we see 64 years from now??


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstice & Lunar Eclipse! - Homepage Observing - Solstice Eclipse

Total eclipse!

We missed the eclipse because of a snowstorm in Wisconsin, and it looks like it was cloudy in Austin, too.

But today, December 21, is also the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Coal-Powered Power Plant is in the News

Is power plant to blame for poor pecan crop?
Austin gets much of its electricity from the Fayette Power Plant, southeast of Austin. It burns coal, so it produces sulfur dioxide, a polluting gas. The amount of pollution it produces is under legal limits, but some people think it still is enough to harm crops in the area. Experts disagree, and this shows how it takes a lot of scientific study to come to find out the truth. There aren't any easy answers.