Author: Nicole

Nicole Gugliucci is a Ph.D astronomer and works with the fabulous project known as CosmoQuest. Her home on the internet can be found at One Astronomer's Noise.

Educating the Mind

Some cool education articles that popped up on Skepchick today. First, “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids,” which focuses on praising kids for their effort, rather than their intelligence. The writer cites numerous studies in which this works to improve…

Awful Waste of a Drink

This is old, but it’s for posterity. The 2004 Socorro Summer Students present “Contact: The Drinking Game”! Take a swig any time one of these happens: We killed the “Bad Science” rule after Ellie discovers the signal, since then it…

For all the grad students…

Especially for those in science. It’s OKAY to feel stupid! In fact, it’s required. The following is part of an essay that was published in May 2008 in the Journal of Cell Science, and it’s a must read for grad…

Radio Astronomy on the Moon

So I’ve been able to sit in on a video-conference for a group that is putting out a plan for a low frequency radio telescope on the Moon. I’m just a wee student, so I observed quietly. There are a…

Wave at the Nice Astronauts!

Did you know that you can see the International Space Station with the naked eye? It’s actually quite bright! Space.com reports on some great opportunities to see the ISS from North America and Europe over the next few weeks. They…

Seeing Aurora with Radio Eyes

Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute recently wrote a very cool article about the radio signals corresponding to aurora as possible indicators of Earth-like planets. His methods of explaining the geophysical phenomena and astronomical techniques are witty and informative. He…

Musings from the lab…

So instead of actually doing science like I should be, I’m going to wax poetically on the methods and practices of science from the standpoint of a young grad student still trying to find her place. They teach you in…