Food for Thought

One of the things students ask me about frequently is the food.  How is it?  What do you eat?  What time do you eat?  So I thought today we'd take a look at what it takes to feed an expedition of 126 people for 60 days.

Tiny Fossils

I think I told you that Kiwis eat bugs didn't I?  Well on the JR they study a tiny tiny kind of fossil called microfossils.  The nickname for these fossils is "bugs". 

Can You Hear Me Now?

One of the aspects of being on the JOIDES that I have enjoyed the most has been video conferencing with schools and talking to students.

Micro with Maria

All the labs on the JR have their own characteristic personalities, if you will.  For instance, as you walk through the parts of the lab, you might hear classical music playing in one, and rock in another. 

New Friends

Being at sea for so long, you have to kind of replace your old routines with new ones.  I've incorporated some new friends into my routine.

What's the Signal?

It has been so interesting to see how technology aids in the work that is being done on the JR.  However, it's also really interesting to learn about the history of sailing vessels, and how they did things in "the old days".

Wiki Needs Help

Hey kids!  I need some help.  I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the JOIDES Resolution, but everyone on board is SO busy.  I thought maybe you could help me figure some things out because I know lots of smart kids are reading this blog!

Let's give it a try, and if it works out, maybe we can even make up our own guessing game!

The Chilling Celsius Challenge

Some of the samples taken on the JR have to be stored at temperatures WAY below what the average person considers freezing.  And of course, as I've told my students, we always use the metric system in science!  (It was nice seeing it used in every day life in Australia and NZ too!).

How many cores?

Hi Kids!  I'm sorry we haven't had a visit in so long.  Things get very busy on the ship, and sometimes if you don't have a list of things to do, you forget.

Sitting Still

You might think that steering the ship places would present more of a challenge than sitting still on a drilling station.  It turns out both have their unique challenges.

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