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Author Archive: "Mark Anderson"

Wild Within

Wild Within is a heartwarming true story about how volunteering and rehabilitating birds of prey at a raptor rehabilitation center near Eugene, Oregon, brought a quirky and lovable couple together. The author discovers through her love of birds that she wants to have a child. Inspired by her husband's work with the birds of prey and for their love of each other, they embark on a long journey to adopt a child and overcome their fears of parenting. The author realizes many things about herself and her parenting skills through her interactions with the birds. A genuinely uplifting and relatable story from the Pacific Northwest.

Venus of Longitude

The Day the World Discovered the Sun by Mark AndersonOn Tuesday, June 5, 2012, people across the world get to witness a rare, celestial shadow play. The planet Venus will, for about seven hours, cross the disk of the sun, a "transit" that happens less than twice per century. (The next Venus transit after Tuesday will be on December 11, 2117.)

And rare as it is, the Venus transit has an outsized impact on the world. The transit launched the legendary careers of Captain Cook and Mason and Dixon — surveyors who wouldn't have staked out the definitive line between American North and South without first proving themselves on a Venus transit voyage. The transit, with the help of a little clever triangulation, enabled science to measure out the distances to the sun and planets with uncanny precision. (So, the transit also lies at the heart of the world's first international, big science project — forefather to the likes of NASA's Apollo program and the Human Genome Project.)

The Venus transit also stands at the crossroads of perhaps the single greatest technological challenge in human ...

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