A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends October 2011

 Austin Distinguished Lecture John L. Phillips, former NASA Astronaut, spoke about his experiences with spaceflight and the International Space Station. read more » NSF Grant benefits students An NSF-funded grant program is giving students like Robin Baker a chance to experience the excitement of Mathematical Biology research as undergraduates. read more » Our Departments

 Vandal Science News Puzzler With each issue of the Vandal Science News we'll include a challenging puzzle. Send solutions by email to vandalsciencenews@uidaho.edu – we'll post the names of those who submit correct solutions in the next issue. Suppose you have two fuses that each burn for exactly one hour. However, they don't burn at uniform rates, nor do they necessarily burn at the same rate. (That is, if you light the two fuses simultaneously they would both burn out exactly an hour later, but they may not always appear to be the same length at intermediate times, and would not necessarily be half their original length after a half-hour.) How can you use these two fuses (and a pack of matches) to time exactly 45 minutes? Solution to the last Vandal Science News Puzzler The June 2011 Vandal Science News featured a tricky Geography puzzler. Find out the solution.

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