HTGYG Show #159: Science Fair, Singing and Space Showers!

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Europa orbiting Jupiter. (Artist’s impression. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser)

Europa orbiting Jupiter. (Artist’s impression. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser)


It’s that time of year again – science fair projects, stomach viruses, field trips and chaos! Apologies for the sound being off, but I wanted to get this out to you! This episode, I talk about our adventures finishing up the school assignments before the holiday break and the fun the kids had singing at various locations. I also talk about what I think is the biggest space news story of the year – Europa’s showers of water.

As promised, here’s the pic and link of the Mythbusters Science Fair Book – here’s #2, but we have both editions.

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Also, I recommend the following sites for creating bibliographies: Noodletools for MLA, and APA Format Citation Generator for APA style.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music: Alien for Christmas cover by IFightDragons

HTGYG Show #158: Universe Today and Catching Up!

I’m interrupting my predicted flow of episodes to update you all on my new job and events. Check out Universe Today’s web site here and click through to follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, G+, etc! I’m thrilled to be over there, and hope to be back on schedule here as well! Here’s a great hangout from Fraser’s trip to LA last week!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Space Is A Busy Place

Credit: NASA

A little over a year ago we watched with baited breath as the Mars Science Laboratory performed its amazing landing on the red planet. Since then we’ve followed the Curiosity rover as it has traveled Gale Crater. It is easy to forget that there is a lot of really great science going on focused on other parts of the solar system.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

Just the other day the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) fired it engines slowing the spacecraft enough to be captured by the Moon’s gravity and bringing the craft into orbit on October 6th. LADEE will eventually fly in a low 50 kilometer (31 mi) orbit collecting detailed information about the ultra thin lunar atmosphere, lunar dust and conditions near the surface.
Yes, you did read that right the Moon does have an atmosphere… it is just really really thin.

Credit:NASA/JPL

Credit:NASA/JPL

Today, October 9th, the Juno spacecraft will be passing by Earth to perform a critical gravity assist maneuver on its way to rendezvous with Jupiter in 2016. That’s right the wonders of orbital mechanics mean that in order to send the ship to Jupiter it actually has to come back to Earth. Juno’s will be at its closest to the Earth at 3:21 EDT, passing over South Africa at an altitude of about 500 kilometers (350 mi). This maneuver will accelerate Juno’s velocity by 16,330 mph.

And as for Curiosity, yeah she’s still trucking along towards Mt Sharp.

You can find out more about this and other interesting space science at Universe Today or your science blog of choice.

HTGYG Show #157: DragonCon Report Part 1!

The Avengers cosplayers
The Avengers cosplayers

The Avengers cosplayers

I’m thrilled to tell all of you about this year’s DragonCon events and activities. Amanda and I had a great time! I start off talking about the Atlanta Star Party in honor of Cosmoquest.org, run by our friends Pamela Gay and Nicole Gugliucci. If you’re interested in supporting science and STEM education, please donate here! Then we move on to discussing various panels and events we attended, including seeing Jim Butcher at the live Sword & Laser Podcast, and the stars of Warehouse 13! There’s so much, I’ll have to continue in the next episode!

Don’t forget that you can donate to Disaster Relief efforts going on in Colorado and elsewhere by visiting RedCross.org!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #155: Fitness and Weight Loss – Getting the Kids (and Me) Active!

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This show, I play a voicemail from RapidEye about the Meteorite Men, I discuss fitness/weight loss/getting kids active, and I call for folks to watch the Cosmoquest.org Google hangout this weekend.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Click on the banner below for Cosmoquest Hangout details!

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HTGYG Show #154: Special Episode: Grieving and Loss – Remembering my Grandmother

This episode is a special remembrance of my grandmother, Era Mae Lett, and details how I’m feeling about her loss, how I’m handling it with my kids, and just my difficulties with having to handle loss and grief. Thank you to anyone who takes the time to listen – it was very cathartic for me to discuss my emotions.

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Theme music and “When You Go” courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #153: Meeting the Meteorite Men!

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steve-geoff-alphaSteve and Geoff of the Meteorite Men

On April 20, the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA, had the Meteorite Men come and visit and talk about all of their adventures. Kevin and I got the chance to go, and through our mutual friends at Farpoint Media, we got to meet Steve and Geoff!

Also, we are thick into Parsec Nomination season, so don’t forget to go to parsecawards.com and nominate your favorite fantasy, scifi and horror-related podcasts!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #150: A Look Back, Better Late Than Never!

This long-overdue episode, I take a look back and tell the story of how I got into podcasting, the people who inspired and helped me, and the wonderful folks I’ve met and enjoyed knowing during this time! Plus, we have a voicemail from Rapideye!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #149: Flu, Vaccinations, and Gearing up for #150!

Happy New Year, and welcome back! We discuss the current flu epidemic and what you and your family can do about it – here’s the CDC’s Flu Info site. We also discuss vaccinations and why they’re important. We’re reviewing this subject in light of this article from Ben Goldacre about antivax parents changing their opinions after their child contracts a deadly but preventable disease. We hope this child has a speedy and major recovery!

Also, I’m excited to be gearing up for HTGYG’s 150th episode! Please send in your comments and well wishes – I’d love to hear from all of you! Please email or call by Feb. 1, and I’ll put you in the show! Thanks so much to everyone for listening and support!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #148: Twelve Days of Christmas Day 13: Self-expression!

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I’ve been recommending a great geeky gift for your kids for the first 12 days of Christmas, and since I started a day early, this is your baker’s dozen bonus!And for this last entry in our gift guide, I go a little outside the box and discuss ways that you can give your child the gift of being able to express themselves.

Help your child by finding the way that they want to express themselves, be it art, music, writing, movie-making or podcasting! Give them the simple tools and let them be creative! Be it crayons and paper or Garageband and a microphone, help your child find out how they want to express themselves, and give them the outlet for that creativity!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music: Alien for Christmas cover by IFightDragons