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Spring 2010Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 39 No. 2
Spring 2010

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Wanted: A STEM Workforce, Michael G. Gibbs
A number of institutions of higher education are working to address the national need to develop and educate our nation’s future STEM workforce and leaders, but it’s no small task.

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The Universe Brought Down to the Streets, Megan Watzke and Kimberly Arcand
Public exhibits in parks, airports, libraries, shopping centers, art festivals, nature centers and even prisons promote scientific awareness to millions of people worldwide.

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Gamma-Ray Bursts: Piecing Together a Cosmic Puzzle, Zach Cano
These high-energy blasts continue to mystify, so astronomers are stepping up their search for the key pieces to the puzzle.

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Astronomy in the News
A stationary Martian explorer, double aurora on Saturn, and new results from WMAP -- these are some of the discoveries that recently made news in the astronomical community.

 

Departments

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Editorial, Paul Deans
Revisiting History

5

First Word, James G. Manning
Moveable Feasts

7

Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
30 Years Ago: Exploring Jupiter’s Satellites

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Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Newton’s Mistakes

9

Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Astronomy with Digital Cameras

10

Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Feeling Blue -- But in a Very Good Way

11

Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
The Gamma-Ray Sky: Still a Mystery

12

Education Matters, David Bruning
The Blame Game

13

Reaching Out, James Lochner
Anyone Can be an Astronomy Educator

14

Societal Impact, David Bruning and Andrew Fraknoi
Cultivate Your Teaching at Cosmos 2010

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Society Scope/ASP Supporters
Award Winners

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Sky Sights, Paul Deans
A Celestial Beacon at Sunset

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Reflections, Zach Cano
Two Hours in the Life …