I've been enjoying this collection of science Q&As from the New Scientist magazine's column "The Last Word". Readers send in questions and other readers respond. It's been reminding me again how much I liked science when I was younger. It's great to recapture that sense of wonder.
The LPI scientist at our workshop is Dr. Tomasz Stepinski, who works on computer modeling. Currently he's working on an A.I. that will catalog all of the large and small impact craters on the Martian surface. Listening to him speak brings me back to high school chemistry. Tom is originally from Poland, and my chem teacher was from Iran, but hearing scientific concepts explained in a strong non-Midwestern accent makes me remember his lectures.
I'm at the first day of a two-day workshop on Mars put on by the Lunar and Planetary Institute. It's for librarians and teachers to take programming and activities back to our patrons. After the break we'll be doing some experiments!