Monday, March 24, 2014


As we were reminded over the weekend, "Landslide" is not just a catchy tune written by Stevie Nicks.  Landslides "occur in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and cause $1-2 billion in damages and more than 25 fatalities on average each year." The U.S. Geological Survey monitors landslides and offers a great deal of information about them on their Landslide Hazards Program page:

Take a look and be prepared in case a rain-soaked hillside tries to strangle you.

Monday, March 17, 2014


It's fortunate that the U.S. census isn't conducted on March 17, because on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish.  That raises the question, how many people claim to be Irish the rest of the year?  According to the Census Bureau's "Facts for Features" page for this month, 34.1 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry.  That's more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.  Learn more fascinating facts about Irish-Americans and St. Patrick's Day by visiting the page yourself:

And, as the Irish would say, slainte!

Monday, March 10, 2014

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

Many people know about the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but have you heard of the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)?  NCSES was established within the National Science Foundation in 2010 and is "the nation's leading provider of statistical data on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise:"

Through their site you can find information about "research and development, the science and engineering workforce, the condition and progress of STEM education, and U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D."  If you want to do a scientific study of science or scientists, this would be the place to start.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Whether you call it "Ukraine" or "The Ukraine," there's no doubt that tensions are high in this former part of the Soviet Union.  If you'd like to keep track of the rapid developments in Ukraine, the U.S. Department of State maintains a page on the country:

In addition to highlighting the latest diplomatic news, the page provides links to fact sheets, remarks, major reports, and other information.  There are similar pages available on other countries, so you may want to brush up on the region in case the Russian Army decides to extend its tour.