Science & Technology

Photo by Daniel Blakemore
Mineral Spotlight: Rutile

Rutile is an important economic mineral as it is a major ore of the titanium. It is usually a deep reddish brown or blac...

Hubble image of the Carina Nebula, showing several different kinds of nebulae.
Photo Courtesy NASA
Observatory Corner: The Glow Cloud

By far the most common question I get while working at the observatory is, “What is a Nebula?” The answer is complex...

Jan Ernst Matzelinger. Photo Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
African-American scientists and inventors shaped our world today

Lightbulbs, birth control pills, lasers, microphones, shoes. At first glance, this list seems like a collection of rando...

Photo Courtesy Flickr user "Sergey Galyonkin"
E-book users on the rise, print books remain firm

When e-readers and e-books first came out, much of the discourse about them focused on one simple idea: “Will e-books ...

Photo courtesy of NASA
Gravitational waves proved true when station picked up waves of two black holes colliding

Once again, it appears Einstein was on to something. Last Thursday, a team of researchers announced that they heard the ...

Photo by Flickr user "Kentaro IEMOTO" CC BY-SA 2.0.
Air pollution kills millions

Air pollution is killing millions of people every year, making it a global public health concern. Research released on F...

Photo courtesy Daniel Blakemore
Mineral Spotlight: Mica Minerals

The word “mica” is a common geologic term used to describe minerals that appear flakey. Mica is not one mineral; rat...

Trivia app site is result of rivalry school collaboration
Computer Science departments at Hope and Calvin collaborate to develop trivia app

In an unprecedented move toward peace, computer science students and faculty at both Calvin and Hope College are collabo...

Photo by John Spencer
Observatory Corner: Jupiter

Most people picture an inert ball of colored gas when they think about Jupiter. This ball is separated into orange, brow...

Photo by Flickr User “Megan Coughlin”
Canada protects rare ecosystem

On Feb. 2, the Canadian government announced that they will protect 85 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest in British C...