In April 2015, usfws specialists, Oregon Institute of Technology students and BLM Oregon employees met at the Wood River Wetland to locate Oregon Spotted Frog egg masses.  Lead by BLM Fish Biologist Robert Roninger, the team surveyed the Wood River Canal in an annual  effort to monitor the Oregon Spotted Frog’s breeding season. 

“It is a process,” noted Roninger, “but through collaboration efforts… we feel confident in providing the critical habitat necessary for future generations of people to come and see the Wood River Wetland Oregon Spotted Frog.”

READ THE FULL STORY - by Alec Bryan, BLM Oregon and My Public Lands Tumblr Blogger.

Building a Better Lens

Light is trickier to control that you might think. Optical systems tend to be some of the most complex and precise mechanisms in modern engineering. But a research group at Harvard might have made optical instruments a little easier to produce. They have produced an elegant solution to the problem of chromatic aberration.

[Chromatic aberration makes the bottom picture blurrier than the top (corrected) one. This picture is corrected by more traditional methods, not those presented here. Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromatic_aberration]

White light is made up of a mixture of different colors. Every color has a different wavelength, as can be seen in this diagram:

[Image source: http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/09_visiblelight.html]

Lenses bend every color by a different angle. As is shown below, this results in different colors being focused at different distances from the lens, and what was white light turns into a rainbow of separated colors. When we try to pick a single point to see all of these colors, we end up with chromatic aberration: at any point we choose, some colors are going to be perfectly focused while others show a fringing or blurring effect because they are not focused at that distance.

[ Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromatic_aberration]

Until now, engineers have corrected for this with longer, more expensive optical systems that use other lenses to bend colors back together to reduce chromatic aberration by getting all colors focused at the same point. Researchers at Harvard have created a very thin lens lined with silicon antennae that performs this same kind of correction but in much less space. Right now, this new lens can be designed algorithmically to instantly correct chromatic aberration for several individual colors of light – the standard red, green, and blue of an image, for example. Future research might allow for continuous bands of color – as seen in natural white light – to be corrected with this technology. Only time will tell.

More about this exciting work can be found here.

Source: Harvard University. “Perfect colors, captured with one ultra-thin lens.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 February 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150219144647.htm>.

By Oliver K., Discoverer.
Edited by Brendan C.


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Love the great outdoors, but not quite ready to go Into The Wild-style and give up hot water and electricity just yet? Slovakian architects have just revealed a super-compact capsule that promises to deliver a nomadic lifestyle, with all the renewable-powered comforts of home. And we really want one.

One of the most important choices any researcher makes is picking a significant topic to study. If you choose the right problem, you get important results that transform our perception of the underlying structure of the universe. If you don’t choose the right problem, you may work very hard but only get an interesting result.

Chen-Ning Yang

Nobel Laureate and Particle Physicist

One of the things I learned from her was that, if you got a result that didn’t agree with someone else’s, you had to be able to show what they’d done wrong as well as what you’d done right. Otherwise, no one would know whose data to trust. She had a very strong sense that things had to be done right, that when you had finished, you had to believe that what you had done was right, so that you could go on from there and use the data. If it was done sloppily, it wasn’t worth doing because the results weren’t reliable.
—  Leon Lidofsky on Chien-Shiung Wu, a prominent female nuclear physicist of the 20th century

Does Google Help Students Learn (or Just Think They Do?)

There’s no question that in the era of the smartphone, the Internet has become a go-to place to find out something in a hurry, but does “outsourcing your memory” actually help students learn new concepts, or does it just make people think they are smarter than they are?

A little of both, find researchers at the annual Association for Psychological Science conference. In a symposium on the effects of students’ online searches, several studies looked at how using the Internet affects both the way we remember and the way we think about what we learn.

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Scientists of Tumblr...

I need to hear all your wonderful advice and personal experiences again. I want to hear any and all opinions on this. I take part in an outreach programme specifically aimed at high school kids, and a big part of it is letting them ask questions about a career in science, but also providing advice and perhaps answers to questions they didn’t know to ask.

We have a good range of advice and stories here, but naturally, we want more. So, to try and get some advice from this great community, here are some starting questions:

What do you wish you had known in high school about being a scientist?

Is there anything you think would have made you pursue science more eagerly if you had heard it earlier in life?

Did you accidentally discover you liked science in college? If yes, what do you think made it exciting in college vs. high school?

Or did you always love science and know it was for you?

Seriously, anything you want to share with me will be useful. Thanks in advance tumblr!

un-petit-chateau asked:

Is there a connection between ADHD and reaction times? Do people with ADHD have worse reaction times than others? Such as in driving, racing, video games etc....

Here’s a study!


The above study says that ADHDers as a group have incredibly variable reaction times, so sometimes we’re faster and sometimes we’re slower. The connection is that we’re more variable than NT’s. Except that people with other disorders (like autism and schizophrenia) also have higly variable reaction times.



Tilleke Schwarz

Searching for inspiration on how to up the scale of my work, Tilleke Schwarz does some gorgeous embroidery collages, I can’t imagine how long these must take! Beautifully messy, yet totally intricate.

“All my work relates basically to one theme: the oddities of life. I include anything that moves, amazes or intrigues me. Daily life, mass media, traditional samplers and cats are major sources of inspiration. The result is a mixture of content, graphic quality and fooling around. The work can be understood as a kind of visual poetry”. Tilleke Schwarz

Abstract: Status updates are one of the most popular features of Facebook, but few studies have examined the traits and motives that influence the topics that people choose to update about. In this study, 555 Facebook users completed measures of the Big Five, self-esteem, narcissism, motives for using Facebook, and frequency of updating about a range of topics. Results revealed that extraverts more frequently updated about their social activities and everyday life, which was motivated by their use of Facebook to communicate and connect with others. People high in openness were more likely to update about intellectual topics, consistent with their use of Facebook for sharing information. Participants who were low in self-esteem were more likely to update about romantic partners, whereas those who were high in conscientiousness were more likely to update about their children. Narcissists’ use of Facebook for attention-seeking and validation explained their greater likelihood of updating about their accomplishments and their diet and exercise routine. Furthermore, narcissists’ tendency to update about their accomplishments explained the greater number of likes and comments that they reported receiving to their updates.

Authors: Tara C. Marshall, Katharina Lefringhausen, Nelli Ferenczi (Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 85, October 2015, Pages 35–40)

Hey so I've messaged some ppl personally before realizing this may be a better way to do this...

Any way I need help with a mini research project for school and would greatly appreciate the volunteer responses. (You can message me or simply reblog this and add your response)

To the guys:

Can you give me 1 or more lines you use when trying to talk to someone you’re attracted to (either physically or emotionally)? And indicate if the usual response to that line is either positive or negative?

To the gals:

Can you give me 1 or more lines (pickup lines) that men (or women) use on you? Did these lines work? How did it make you feel (indicate whether positive or negative)?