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Lorie Karnath
Co-founder, The Explorers Museum, 37th President of The Explorer's Club, author, entrepreneur dedicated to the sciences.

Entries by Lorie Karnath

Amplifying Evolution -- Scientific Pioneer, Dr. Kary Mullis

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Scientific advances are oftentimes fraught with years of inconspicuous toil in cramped laboratory spaces. At a time when much of science increasingly relies on large-scale processes in which discovery emerges as a result of a multitude of inputs rather than the obvious consequence of one individual's inspiration, it is unusual...

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Women Explorers: Annie Smith Peck

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 5:44 PM

History is replete with the accomplishments of male explorers. The first to the North and South Poles, the first to reach Everest's summit and the first that took the fledgling steps on the moon were all men. It is certain however that despite the preponderance of headlines that pay tribute...

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A Glorious Voice-Seamus Heaney

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:07 AM

When the world lost Seamus Heaney, so departed among its most glorious of voices. While the gift of his written voice will continue to live on indefinitely, the expressively inspiring tones of the poet's physical sound have sadly been extinguished. It was unequivocally his voice that one first "saw" upon...

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What Are Heroes Made of?

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 4:37 PM

With the passing of Neil Armstrong, the world lost a universal hero. He was an especially uncommon one in that he transcended frontiers as well as generations. With a single step Neil taught us just how small our world is while at the same time demonstrated how vast its potential....

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In John Burroughs' Backyard

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 8:30 AM

A hummingbird, its' wings ceaselessly spinning, hovers, prevaricating between two remaining flowers surely among the last blooms of a triumphant summer season. These the fragrant finale of a prolific period along the shale festooned banks of the river Hudson. Enabled by early spring rains that nourished these fertile shores ensuring...

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Explore, Discover, Share, Preserve, Sustain... Plunder?

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Scrambling along the muddy banks of Alberta Canada's Red Willow River, a team of expectant explorers eagerly followed the lead of paleontologist Phil Bell. Only the week before Bell had discovered and partially excavated what promised to represent a fully intact fossilized hadrosaur. Although unable to unearth the dinosaur in...

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Exploration: When The Technology Trail Runs Out

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Today's explorer has an ever growing inventory of knowledge upon which to draw for guidance in the field. Much of this manifests in the form of increasingly advanced technology and equipment that serves to facilitate sample collection, analysis and evaluation, measurement, direction finding, as well as course plotting instrumentation crucial...

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Melville's Mysterious Marquesas Then And Now

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Despite being one of the most remote archipelagoes on the planet, the rugged Marquesas Islands have attracted more than their fair share of luminaries. The far-flung Marquesas are comprised of a group of 14 islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, part of French Polynesia. Located at 9° 00S, 139° 30W,...

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Redefining Remote In The Modern Age

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Our perception of what constitutes a remote destination is constantly changing. A century ago this year the South Pole was first conquered. Though it is still a desolate and windblown place, back then it was considered about the most daunting and inaccessible destination for man to fathom. Many perished in...

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Uncertainty and the Rewards of Discovery

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 4:29 PM

As an explorer most of my adult life, I began to think about exploration and explorers relative to the recent economic perils and their severe consequences for numerous organizations, institutions and individuals. While many are exhibiting panic and experiencing devastation as a result of the infringement on their carefully constructed...

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Exploring 2012 And Questioning Prophesy

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 7:00 AM

We are entering a new year that has proven fertile ground for prophesy. This year brings the end of the Maya calendar, which many have interpreted as a harbinger of doom despite little indication the Maya themselves are worried about a looming apocalypse.

Over the course of history so-called prophesies...

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Technology Changing Exploration's Paradigm

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 2:10 PM

For those who may believe that the concept of exploration is long past, nothing could be further from actuality. Although the majority of the earth's crust has been accessed, little is known about what lays beneath its surface. In fact only a very small percentage of the world oceans...

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