December 26, 2009 |
Some things are a given when you're with people who count birds. First, prepare to be interrupted. "Chickadee!" someone will shout in the midst of a conversation that has nothing to do with the black-headed little passerine (that's birders'-speak for a perching species). "Oh! I just heard a yellow-bellied sapsucker!" someone else will blurt out. "Two red-tails!" another birder will bellow, pointing skyward at a pair of hawks soaring across a slate sky beginning to drop snowflakes on the cusp of a monstrous storm.
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December 14, 2009 |
Brian H. Mason, a Smithsonian scientist internationally known for his study of meteorites and moon rocks and who was the first to discover that a rock found in Antarctica came from the moon, has died. He was 92. Mason died of renal failure Dec. 3 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. "Brian Mason was probably the best known and most revered geochemist of his generation," said Sorena S. Sorensen, chairwoman of the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
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June 23, 2009 |
Edith "Jackie" Ronne, 89, who became the first U.S. woman to set foot on Antarctica when she accompanied her explorer husband there in 1947, died June 14 of cancer and Alzheimer's disease at a Bethesda, Md., nursing home. She was 89. Ronne had never planned to leave her native Maryland, much less go to Antarctica.
February 25, 2009 |
A NASA satellite designed to measure greenhouse gas emissions and pinpoint global warming dangers crashed Tuesday after a protective covering failed to separate from the craft shortly after launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The loss of the $278-million satellite came as a severe blow to NASA's climate monitoring efforts, as well as the builder of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.
February 10, 2009 |
A group of militant conservationists embroiled in clashes with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean have decided to end their campaign for the season, the group's leader said today. The risk had become too great that someone would be seriously injured in the increasingly contentious run-ins on the remote and icy waters, Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ship, said by satellite phone. The ship Steve Irwin left for the southern Australian state of Tasmania.