Friday, January 22, 2016

Fish in Space

An investigation reared fish on the International Space Station to help figure out why astronauts lose bone mass. Read more here. Just keep swimming...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gems at the national parks in Texas

Our National Parks turn 100 this year, a good excuse to visit a few of them. My story on Hidden Gems in the national parks in Texas provides more reasons. Read it here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Discoveries at the World's Largest Telescopes

These five of the world's largest telescopes have made quite a few interesting and even bizarre discoveries. Read more in my piece for Mental Floss. Bonus: you can visit all five of these.

Paranal Observatory, Chile.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Three Days in Marathon, Texas

This tiny town, known as a gateway to Big Bend National Park, is well worth a visit all on its own. This historic hotel, good food, stargazing, art and nature are some of the local attractions. Read more in my piece for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.

Year of State Parks - Franklin Mountains

This year, I'm writing a feature on a different state park for every issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. The series kicks off with Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, tall peaks, great hiking and even a cable car ride.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

An Aggie and a Longhorn launch a satellite...

All part of an investigation to get us closer to the ability to have two spacecraft rendezvous and dock in space without help from humans -- which will help advance future space exploration. Students at Texas A&M University and The University of Texas designed the two cooperating satellites, which will demonstrate autonomous navigation and communication in space. Read more on the NASA website.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Giant Telescope Under Construction

Construction on the Giant Magellan Telescope at Las Campanas, Chile broke ground last month. The project involves institutions from Australia, Brazil, and Korea, plus the Carnegie Institution for Science, Harvard University, Smithsonian Institution, Texas A&M University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Chicago, and The University of Texas. Read more on The Alcalde website.