Little River rides the economic roller coaster.

Little River rides the economic roller coaster.

Or better, the bobsled.  This figure is from a recent report by the National Federation of Independent Business (via Andrew Sullivan’s blog and the Economist). With strong encouragement and financial support from my wife Kate, I expanded Little River Research...

Jesse Riechman leaves LRRD.

Jesse Riechman leaves LRRD.

I hired Jesse Riechman as a prototyper in late summer of 2007 as LRRD outgrew my home office.  Jesse left us last November to become a full time grad student in SIUC’s Forestry program. Jesse had many skills, from fixing motorcycles to deftly dropping 250-pound...

Stereo photography in geoscience education.

Stereo photography in geoscience education.

Fuji just released a new 3D digital camera. I think this is the first such consumer grade digital system. We’ll see how this camera works out, but others will follow, and this is great news for geoscience education. Until now (or if you used one of the many old...

Recipe for a river; more on the Braudrick flume study.

Recipe for a river; more on the Braudrick flume study.

More on the Braudrick et al. work published last week: NPR’s Science Friday made a nice little video, in which Bill Dietrich used the phrase “recipe for a river.” Click on the image above to see it. The recipe includes two sizes and densities of...

A landmark paper in physical modeling.

A landmark paper in physical modeling.

A groundbreaking physical modeling study was published this week in PNAS (subscription required). NSF has a press release here. Christian Braudrick and others at EPS-Berkeley used a 17m flume filled with a mix of lithic and plastic particles to achieve what they call...