This is the last SRS post of 2020....
.... thank heavens!
As you know, it's been a strange year, but we've soldiered forward with 26 Challenges (and 26 Answers), a bunch of additional content (both Extras and Public Service Announcements). We had just over 1100 comments--thanks Regular Readers!
To take a look back is always rewarding--so here's my Year in SRS view.
The Challenges went like this.. Remember these?
Canary Islands cooking (Originally called "Where's this place?")
Does banning plastic bags actually help the environment? (It's not clear that it does.)
When to provide context? (If your research question has any depth, you need to provide some context for your answer. Big tip: Almost all questions require context.)
What research questions you’re doing? (No surprise here, most people are searching for COVID.)
Finding the right names to search for something
(Really useful for odd names like: Alison Guyot, Franklin Dixon, or the name of the ÷ and ⌘ symbols)
Using archival news (To see what happened in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, and how that might be relevant to us in 2020)
|San Francisco Examiner, Jan 20, 1919|
Extramusical sounds (What are those sounds that you hear in the background of some music?)
Finding national anthems (Find the national anthems of Hawai'i and other state or national anthems that are NOT in the local language. There are more than you might think!)
Why do beans and peas move as they grow? (Because they're thigmotropic in order to find good scaffolding. Be sure to look that one up!)
Finding collections of online content (Because sometimes the best way to a source is to find the collection, and then search inside of that.)
Were there gomphotheres in Panama? (Yes, there were. And they migrated from North to South American when the Isthmus of Panama became a thing...)
|Gomphotheres were native to North America. You might have had|
one in your backyard 2.5M BCE.
Finding the latest COVID regulations (This should be simple. It's not. Here's how.)
Curious state boundaries (inclusions along state borders) (I had no idea...)
Finding a time-lapse of wildfire growth (It's not obvious how to do this.)
Everyday fact-checking: What do you do? (SRS Readers search a lot!)
Digging deeper into the story behind a photo (Contrails are complex beasts.)
The natural history of kelp forests (They're not doing well, but there are signs of hope!)
Urban development in the Indio/Coachella area (A LOT of golf courses were built.)
Who survived from the Mayflower? (Answer: Not many...)
The mystery of the polygonal areoles on autumn grape leaves (We didn't really find an answer... at least not yet. Continuing to work on this. More insights as we learn more.)
A few Public Service Announcements:
PowerSearching course now on edX (The Advanced PowerSearching Course will be coming soon!)