Daily Archives: September 16, 2012

Shifting sands pose new problem

With sea levels rising and coastal erosion washing away more and more sand, many beaches are now slowly disappearing.

This is such a large problem that organizations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are researching solutions. However, the classic coastal erosion theory, the Bruun Rule, is insufficient for thorough analysis of many of the world’s beaches. Some topics, like climate change, are excluded from this traditional method, so Roshanka Ranasinghe and associates at UNESCO and TU Delft are studying the areas the Bruun Rule has left blank.

Scientific discoveries this week: 9/16/12

Amado, Arizona
Astronomers spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars for the first time. This is the best evidence yet that planets can form in dense stellar environments. The planets are called “hot Jupiters,” massive, gaseous orbs that are boiling hot due to tight orbits around their parent stars. Each planet circles a different star in the Beehive Cluster, a collection of roughly 1,000 stars that are bound together by mutual gravitational attraction. The astronomers discovered the planets by using the 1.5-meter Tillinghast telescope to measure the slight gravitational wobble orbiting planets induce upon their host stars.

Headlines from around the world: 9/16/12

An attack on a U.S. embassy killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Angry crowds also attacked British and German embassies in Sudan, a KFC restaurant in Lebanon, and the UN multinational peacekeeping observer mission in the Sinai Peninsula. US and other Western interests were targeted due to anger over an anti-Islamic video produced in California and uploaded to YouTube.

This Week in Colorado History: High School Athletics, National Parks, and Macabre Profit

The athletes of Golden High School decided to improve their athletics by hiring an official athletic director this year in 1915, reported “The Colorado Transcript.” The more than fifty athletes (all boys as Title IX was still nearly sixty years away) heatedly discussed how to improve their athletic fortunes and concluded an official director was necessary. Funding for the new position was to come from the baseball team relinquishing their $75 sweaters. The athletes hoped to be able to compete against other Colorado high schools and raise their profile as a Golden sporting group relative to Mines.


Geek of the Week: Nate Caroe, Junior, Computer Science

Many students at Mines struggle with balancing school and social life, but Nate Caroe does it like a pro. By day, Nate can be found hanging out in the Digger Den with friends, keeping the table at which he resides energized and electric. By night, he is a typical Computer Science major, coding away into the wee hours of the morning. Despite battling a cough and Mines as the intensity heats up, Nate found time to sit down with “The Oredigger,” and is this week’s Geek of the Week.


Cooking corner: White chocolate cranberry cookies

These cookies are a sure way to make study sessions more bearable, or meet new friends. The cranberries and white chocolate combine to create a unique taste. This recipe is recommended without walnuts, but they can be added to taste. Make sure to stir by hand for chunky cookies. The following recipe will yield about two cookie sheets worth of cookies, or 1-2 dozen depending on size.

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