Daily Archives: February 23, 2014


Minds at Mines: “What made you come to Mines?”

Discover Mines happened last week, with prospective accepted students and their families scurrying about campus, trying to decide if they want to spend the next four (or five or more) years of their life in Golden. To students at Mines, that decision-making time may seem like a long time ago, yet the reasons they decided to choose Mines can still be remembered. This week, Minds at Mines tried to get an idea of what made undergraduate students choose to come here by asking, “What was the deciding factor in deciding you wanted to come to Mines?”

SEG Guest Lecture: Bingham Canyon through the eyes of a structural geologist

Dr Armelle Kloppenburg, an independent structural geology consultant, whose clients come from both the petroleum and the mining industry, visited Mines to teach a short course, and she kindly agreed to give a talk to the student chapter of the Society of Exploration Geologists (SEG). She presented on a project she and a team of geologists worked on at the Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. Bingham Canyon is a porphyry skarn deposit, producing mainly copper, but also gold and molybdenum. The mine has been operating since 1906 (the deposit has been producing copper since the 1860s), so Kloppenburg had no lack of data for her analysis.

Scientific discoveries this week: 2/24/14

New Bionic Hand Gives Amputee a Sense of Touch, Switzerland
Dennis Aabo Sørensen from Denmark is the world’s first amputee to get an artificial hand that can feel objects. This artificial hand was connected to Dennis’s nervous system and allowed him to grip, manipulate, and feel objects. This new prosthesis adds a sense of touch compared to other prosthesis. “The sensory feedback was incredible. I could feel things that I hadn’t been able to feel in over nine years,” said Sørensen. More development in the field of bionics is still necessary, but one day people could maybe control prosthetics with their brains.

Hell breaks loose in Ukraine

For months now, political unrest in Ukraine has divided their country and caused mass protests. But within the last week, the protests have turned bloody. On February 16, the activists ended their occupation of Kiev City Hall in exchange for the release of 234 jailed protesters. The reforms to the constitution limiting presidential powers were stalled, and an offer from Moscow was made to resume payments under the bailout deal in return for President Yanukovych standing firm against the protesters. In response, on February 18, the activists set fires outside of parliament and began attacking riot police. The police retaliated by opening fire on the crowd who were pushed off of independence square. That day, at least 26 people died including 10 police officers.

Headlines from around the world: 2/24/14

Stephen Bax, Professor of Applied Linguistics at University of Bedfordshire has decoded part of the Voynich Manuscript. The Voynich Manuscript is a 600 year-old cryptically coded document that since its discovery had not been decoded or had its purpose determined. After using techniques similar to those used to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs, Professor Bax believes the document to be a treatise on nature originating in Asia.

Van Tuyl GE Student Research Fair

The geology and geological engineering department held the first GE Department Student Research Fair where undergraduates and graduates from the department would present posters and abstracts for research they have been engaged in. They also competed based on their degree and research category for monetary prizes sponsored by ConocoPhillips as well as an invitation to present for a Van Tuyl lecture.

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