Hey Mars, here we come

When NASA launched the Curiosity rover in 2011, it was the heaviest thing they could possibly land on Mars. Engineers knew they needed something bigger and better to ferry even larger loads — and someday, people — to the Red Planet. Thus was born the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, which NASA successfully tested in the stratosphere over Hawaii … More Hey Mars, here we come

Journey through a geologic wonder: LA’s La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea’s Tar Pits hold the most complete record of ice age fossils on Earth. Their collection includes mastodons, dire wolves, and saber-toothed cats, among others. Meet the volunteers who dedicate their time to exploring the tar and take a journey through this amazing place, hidden right in the heart of Los Angeles, in my … More Journey through a geologic wonder: LA’s La Brea Tar Pits

The good, the bad, and the stinky

The kerfuffle over wood-aged cheese erupted when a blogger intercepted a communication between an FDA official and the New York Department of Agriculture regarding the safety of wood shelves used for storing cheese. The internet expressed collective outrage at the prospect of banning this culinary tradition, even though the FDA denied it has any plans to … More The good, the bad, and the stinky