The Texas Stream Team

My participation on the Irving Green Advisory Board has made me aware of how little I know about the environmental aspects and activities of Irving, Texas. To remedy this, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity to get involved in local activities. Continue reading…

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Bending Beta Particles with Magnets

By George Dowell There are many different types of atomic and nuclear radiation. “Atomic” refers to the atom as a whole, but the commonly accepted definition of atomic reactions are those that originate in the electron shell area of the atom. “Nuclear” on the other hand is specific to the nucleus of an atom. Some radiation consists of particles of matter, betas and … Continue reading…

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Announcement: Radio Astronomy Conference

In addition to the lectures, there will be great conversations, radio observations by KSL Labs – 12 GHz. Educational Radio Telescope and Radio Astronomy Supplies, 21cm Spectral and Continuum Radio Telescope, as well as music entertainment by the Scientists and Staff of Brookhaven National Laboratory (Stochastic Orchestra), all in the historic Custer Institute. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (1-14 January 2014)—#588—“Wood Duck Nest Boxes: Attracting Our Most Colorful Piedmont Waterfowl”

Figure 1. A hen Wood Duck, Aix sponsa (see photo), kept one eye on the photographer
and the other on her 13 just-fledged ducklings paddling about on Hilton Pond. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

The ball falling in Times Square last New Year’s Eve also signaled the beginning of our 33rd year at Hilton Pond Center, and this week’s 588th installment of “This Week at Hilton Pond” marks the 15th year for my Web-based photo essays Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (22-31 December 2013)—#587—“2013 Bird Banding Results: Better Than Last Year, But Still Below Average”

Figure 1. A male Prothonotary Warbler—only our 17th banded at Hilton Pond since 1982—was the most uncommon species banded locally in 2013. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

I was away from Hilton Pond Center on many occasions during 2013 and that—coupled with bander illness and a general dearth of birds—led to a year of below average banding success. Continue reading…

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CSL is Dead; Long Live CSL!

Over the last week or so some of our members have approached me both via email and on the CSL Facebook Group asking about how we might revive or reconfigure the organization to keep some part of it going. It is now clear that CSL will continue in some form or other. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (8-21 December 2013)—#586—“23rd Annual York/Rock Hill (SC) Christmas Bird Count

Figure 1. Two Great Egrets (see photo) with black legs and yellow bills were probably the best sightings for this year’s York/Rock Hill (SC) Christmas Bird Count. They’re far more common on the Carolinas coast. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

In conjunction with National Audubon Society, “This Week at Hilton Pond” we organized and compiled the 23rd annual York/Rock hill (South Carolina) Christmas Bird Count. Continue reading…

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Borax Bead And Flame Tests

You can perform simple qualitative analysis to detect certain metals in various substances using borax bead, and flame tests. The inoculating loop for these tests is very easy to make. Continue reading…

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Open Access publishing initiative, SCOAP3, to start on 1 January 2014

With the support of partners in 24 countries[2], a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information. Continue reading…

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“Earthrise” from the Moon, Animated

Another iconic (literally) moment was the capture of this photo, which came to define an entire new–there’s just no other way to say it–worldview. Continue reading…

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