NEW MEXICO WEIRD

The meteor shower that brought Tunguska is due in June

That disastrous rock now looks to have been a Beta Taurid passenger. By Robby Berman – By Z. Sekanina – Z. Sekanina, The Tunguska event – No cometary signature in evidence, Astron. J. 88 (1983) 1382. doi:10.1086/113429., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61182393 Tunguska’s trajectory and …

They’re back! It’s tarantula time at Bandelier

By Joanie Budzileni – Around here, in Bandelier National Monument and many other parts of New Mexico, everyone starts noticing tarantulas about this time of year.  Autumn is the time when males mature and start out on their quest to find a mate.  This exposes …

 

Zozobra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Old Man Gloom a.k.a. Zozobra burning at Fiestas de Santa Fe, September 8, 2005. Photo by Jeff Weiss. Zozobra (“Old Man Gloom”) is a 50 feet high giant marionette effigy that is built and burned during the annual …

Platinum-gold mix becomes world’s most durable metal alloy

  Michael Irving – Sandia researchers Michael Chandross (left) and Nic Argibay, overseeing the testing of the platinum-gold alloy that’s now the world’s most durable alloy (Credit: Randy Montoya). Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, have developed what they say is the most durable …