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Relearning The #Star Stories Of #Indigenous Peoples | @SciFri | #astronomy #stories

Just as the people of early Western Civilization looked to the stars and told stories about them, so did indigenous people around the world.

Apollo 11 moon landing 50th anniversary, we look to the future of space travel | @NatGeo | #Apollo50th

A graphic rich article from the July 2019 issue of National Geographic. Sections include: Pioneers, Getting there, Where we went, What we took, In pop culture, and What's next.

Colors of Change | See How NASA Helped An Artist Create Stunning Drawings of Glaciers through Operation IceBridge

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Art, culture and science meet to study climate change

Artist Zaria Forman joined NASA scientists in 2017 on Operation IceBridge . Operation IceBridge measures annual changes in the thickness of Greenland's ice sheet to better understand the global climate systems' effect on polar regions. The team's measurements enable them to calculate glacier discharge speeds that could predict increases in sea levels.

The artist photographs the ice sheet from above which then inspires her art.

National Geographic offers a shorter version (10:19) as part of their Short Film Showcase. 

#Dinosaur #Myths Scientists Wish You'd Stop Believing | @readersdigest

Steve Brusatte and Daniel Barta debunk 13 myths about dinosaurs.

All the #Dinosaurs You Love Were Created by #Artists | @Crixeo | #paleoart

Katherine DM Clover (@Postnuc_mama) describes the influence of paleoartists visual representations of prehistoric creatures on culture through examples of Charles Knight, Gregory Paul and their present-day collaboration with paleontologists.

New scientific data, and fresh interpretations of old data, can lead to massive shifts in our understanding of the past.

Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail | @highcountrynews | #nationalmonuments #future

An interview with a retiring BLM assistant manager decribing the conflict of cultures managng the Utah national monument.

On the one side are environmentally minded folks from outside the confines of Mormon culture, people like Shelton, who believe fervently in the federal public lands. Their ranks grew following the monument’s establishment in 1996 with the funding then available for hiring new staff, many of whom were trained at world-class science institutions. On the other side, said Shelton, I see a powerful anti-conservation interest, an anti-science interest, and certainly an anti-climate change position. I’ve sat in meetings with high-level people in Utah BLM who will roll their eyes when you mention climate change and say, ‘Well, if you believe it.’ You might as well be asking them to convert to Zoroastrianism. So our staffs are at odds with each other. There’s a lot of antagonism. It’s a really difficult place to work.”

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks | #NPS100

Visit 5 of the National Parks in 360 degrees by Google Arts & Culture.

New Insights into North America's Midcontinent Rift | @AGU_Eos | #MN #geology

Formation at a plate boundary, a hybrid rift, how it evolved, seismic imaging surprises, hot spot supply excess magma? failure, other insights into other rifts and continental margins, and geology effects on culture (video clip). NSF grant and CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 h/t @earthscienceguy

When Should You Introduce A Child To #Evolution? by @npr13point7 | free Grandmother Fish #childrensnonfiction

You must read/listen to Barbara J. King on a new book for children on biological evolution. King is a regular contributor to NPR's Cosmos & Culture: Commentary on Science and Society. The commentary is titled When Should You Introduce A Child to Evolution?

Grandmother Fish is for 3- to 7-year olds and was written by Jonathan Tweet and illustrated by Karen Lewis. And King describes the book as "a feast for the senses." Tweet places technical material and terms in an appendix for parents/adults while writing honestly about evolution in a way that engages a child's sense of wonder. King notes that above all "The book is very good on the science."

Now, an even nicer fact about the book is that it is free as a PDF (its development was paid for by crowd-sourcing).

Pop Quiz: How Science-Literate Are We, Really? | NPR | #science #literacy

NPR's 13.7 cosmos & culture post by Barbara King on an 11-question quiz developed by Univ of Michigan's Jon Miller. The quiz tests basic science literacy and compares your results to the percentage of people who correctly replied to each question in 2008.