Universities face the financial meltdown.

Universities face the financial meltdown.

From today’s NY Times (full article): With endowment values shrinking, variable-rate debt costs rising and states cutting their financing, colleges face challenges on multiple fronts, said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education. So...

Schlieren photography and fluid mechanics.

Schlieren photography and fluid mechanics.

Today’s New York Times has an article and slideshow featuring this visualization method. I’m fascinated by images showing fluid mechanics, and those using this technique are beautiful, even haunting. I’m not sure if this method can be used in water...

LRRD at the Houston GSA meeting

LRRD at the Houston GSA meeting

After much work and planning Jesse and I are in Houston, ready to display the Emriver and our other products and talents at the annual Geological Society of America conference. This one is being held jointly with several other groups, including the Soil Science...

Ike cost might be $27 billion.

Ike cost might be $27 billion.

Jeff Masters is reporting that the cost for Ike could be $27 billion. As its remnants passed through the Midwest today, parts of Missouri got seven inches of rain, and many gages are above flood stage. The USGS has a neat Google Maps based summary of flooding along...

Ike crosses Houston

Ike crosses Houston

It looks as though the tide/storm surge combination fell short of the 20+ feet worst-case NOAA predicted. I hope so. The power of these storms amazes me. I cannot imagine the energy required to move water, as rain and ocean surge, in such quantities. I’m hoping...