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Jupiter Meets Juno

NASA was not playing around when they pulled out the archival pens for the Juniper and Juno event, or were they? It seems that scientists at NASA not only have a firm understanding of Greek and/or Roman mythology, they also have a collective sense of humor that can play out a joke that is centuries old. What happens when the Gods of old meet the latest in technology? The result may not bode well for their ethereal marriage vows, but the concept is most certainly entertaining for mankind.

Jupiter Meets Juno

Who Are Jupiter and Juno?

Roman and Greek mythologies often share similar traits, so much so that sometimes the only difference is in the name. In Roman mythology, Juno and Jupiter are the primary gods that reign over Earth. In Greek mythology, those gods are named Zeus and Hera.

In both scenarios, Jupiter is as randy as they come and has no concept of how to endure a monogamous relationship. Juno is well aware of this fact and, because of this, she often goes into a jealous rage. Woe to the woman who is caught responding to Jupiter’s advances! Only, sometimes Juno’s rage is so strong that it hurts her more than anyone else, and she ends up turning into a cow or, in the most recent version, simply smashing herself against Jupiter.

Modern Day Jupiter and Juno

Because of the status of the god Jupiter, astronomers named the first orbiting orb they found beyond Earth, its moon, and its sun after the god. As time went on, and Jupiter’s moons were found, they were named after his lovers and, eventually, his children, as mythology records them. However, Juno, ever the wife kept in the dark, was not included in these bodies.

Today, scientists have sent Juno up to use the same exact modern methods that any human wife would use to exploit her husband’s infidelity … a video camera. Juno will circle Jupiter 37 times, recording his infidelity and the offspring that are the results of his infidelity as she goes. To humans, this means that various moons and asteroids will be able to be seen on video for the very first time.

For the comedians at NASA, it could mean that Jupiter and Juno are about to have their final stand-off. In any case, just as there are always certain limits in the stories woven through mythology, there are limits to this event as well. Juno only gets to circle Jupiter 37 times before she crashes into the planet.

When this is recorded with archival pens, it may be hard to tell if the story will be read as mythology or highly advanced science. In any case, despite what or who may be orbiting Jupiter, at the end of the day it will be Juno who takes her rightful, though tragic place in Jupiter’s arms. While other things may orbit Jupiter, it will be Juno who is truly fragmented and first on the surface of Jupiter.

One has to wonder if the scientists at NASA are comedians or romantics at heart, or, in the worst case scenario, that they have not considered the old adage about a woman scorned. To learn more about the antics at NASA or how you might best record your own scientific findings, visit The Scientific Notebook Company to browse our wide variety of scientific notebooks and archival pens.

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Artists Now Use Archival Pens to Preserve Work

Ink as an art medium has been around for a long time. Technically speaking, even the early hieroglyphs and cave drawings used a form of ink to create their images. As evidenced by the fact that we can still appreciate their beauty, ink can last quite a long time. However, those drawings exist primarily on stone, which breaks down rather slowly. Artists who use paper need to use archival pens in order to ensure their work lasts as long as possible.

Some artists prefer to work in black ink only, while others prefer a palette as diverse as any painter. Fortunately, pens with archival-quality ink are now available in a full spectrum of colors.  Of course, color isn’t the only quality an artist should consider when choosing these pens. The term “archival” means the pens must also be fade-resistant and lightfast. No amount of exposure to light should diminish the intensity of the color or fade the artwork, assuming archival-quality paper was also used.

As ink artists work close to the paper with their hands, smudging can be a problem. The ink should also be smudge-proof and quick drying in order to help reduce instances of smudging. Most archival inks are also waterproof and bleed-proof. Should water get on the paper, the colors won’t leach away or be washed out. Controlling the bleed of the ink is important. Paper tends to be absorbent, and ink can spread into other sections of the artwork, which can ruin a piece.

When choosing medium for the ink artist, archival pens are an excellent choice. They help to create artwork that will last for years.

Why Archival Pens are Ideal for Genealogy

People who enjoy researching their family history may not be aware that archival pens are necessary for their research. It can be fun to spend hours on various websites finding out about this person or that person in your family, but, when the time comes to document the family tree, you want to make sure that you have the right tools.

Because genealogy is often a lot of digging through information to find the needle in your family haystack, you will want to document and make note of important happenings for future generations. Marriages, births, deaths and divorces, as well as family members who moved to a different area or country, are important for family trees. Using archival pens and acid free archival paper will help preserve your hard work and research for younger generations to use years from now.  The pigment in the special ink used in these pens is resistant to light fading, seeping, smudging and moisture, and, when paired with archival quality paper, you can create a family tree that will be legible several generations in the future.

No matter how obscure your family history, the process of researching it and documenting it for other family members is a task that only the truly dedicated will tackle. Following through on a 9 or 10 generation family tree only to find that your ink has smudged or faded after a few years is very frustrating. It is best to get the right tools for archiving your genealogy project from the beginning.

Tips for Organized Research Methods

If your research is something you are excited about, you are probably going to put more time into reading, observing, and experimenting than anything else. Writing the research in one document may end up feeling like the “red tape” of the whole process. However, if you organize it correctly, putting the final project together can be a smooth process. Make sure you have the right tools to start off with. You should have access to scholarly journals and archives, archival pens, and research notebooks. You will need to use these tools before you conduct your research, so now is a great time to set them up correctly.

You need to validate the reason for your research, so a section of your notebook should be reserved for the references and bibliography that will demonstrate the need for your project. Document this information and all other information with archival pens in order to avoid losing important information, now or later. Reserve this notebook for your references alone.

In a separate notebook you should document the progress of the research. This will be where you keep your observations and any personal notes along the way. The details of your subjects should be listed in another notebook so as to avoid bias. Any coding you use to mask the details for safety reasons should be kept in a different notebook, as well, so that at least two of these have to be used together to understand your entire project. By dividing your information and using professional research tools, you are not only organized enough to be able to easily put the entire picture together when you are done, but you are also preventing others from being able to easily put it together.

What Is Archival Ink?

Archival ink is specifically designed to be resistant to weathering and fading so that it will last for a long time. It is often used for scrap-booking and other activities where the written or drawn images need to be preserved indefinitely. To make the most of archival ink, it is best to use it in conjunction with archival paper, which is also made to resist weathering and fading. Archival ink is often sold through art supply stores. You can find it sold as ink, in archival pens and, in some instances, in printer cartridges used by photographers.

To be designated as archival grade ink, the ink must demonstrate two things: the ability to resist fading, and the ability to remain firmly on the page. With the passage of time, normal ink will begin to fade. Most black ink will turn brown, first, before completely disappearing from the page. Exposure to moisture can also wash out the ink, leaving it blurry, smeared or completely erased. By changing the chemical composition of the ink, these two factors are no longer a concern to the archivist.

Most archival inks could really be best described as dyes, in that they permanently change the color of the paper that is being used. Dye is more likely to remain colorfast to the extent that the dye’s components are colorfast. Pigment is an even more reliable component of archival ink, because it stays bright and durable as well as colorfast. This makes pigments popular for use in archival pens, inks and printer cartridges.

Journaling Your Past for the Future

Journaling Your Past for the Future

Journals have been used for hundreds of years and for many reasons. For instance, the earliest known journals date back to 6 AD in China. In the 10th century, Japanese ladies used “pillow books,” which they kept in their bedrooms to record dreams in poetic or pictorial form. During the Renaissance, when the idea of “self” became more prominent, journals or diaries became more prominent. Throughout time, many famous people have kept diaries or journals. Most notably among these are Anne Frank, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ronald Reagan.

Today journaling is very popular. It is sometimes used for therapeutic reasons to help individuals work through some troubling issue. Others use journaling to record a personal journey, such as one’s first pregnancy or the process of working toward a career goal. Others document things like the steps to developing a new product or starting a business. Still others simply keep a daily accounting of their life for personal reasons.

Our ancestors did not have the benefit of archival pens to help preserve their thoughts. Who knows how many other journals might have been preserved, if the proper ink had been available. Older inks and non-archival inks can, over time, lead to a breakdown of the paper used. This can have the opposite of the desired result. It can degrade the writing, rather than preserve it.

Archival pens use special ink designed to be waterproof and resistant to chemicals. These pens will not smear or bleed through the paper, leaving your words intact and legible for many years to come.

Archival Pens for Scrapbooking and Personal Historians

Ever since the movie Roots hit TV screens back in 1977, people have longed to either research their own family history, or preserve what they already know. Some of these family historians collect and preserve historical documents, such as birth and death records, marriage certificates, religious documents and a host of other paper documents.

Others preserve the past through photographs. Mounting them in specially made albums that contain archive quality paper to help preserve the pictures, they add embellishments and details to bring meaning to the images. Often they engage in a practice of writing down details surrounding the person or event captured in the picture. This is known as journaling. Journaling is an invaluable tool in maintaining family history, but it can all be lost, if archival pens are not used.

Ink from non-archival pens can leach into the paper and into photos mounted nearby and cause a breakdown of the materials, over time. Photos, in particular, can be damaged irreversibly by ink and other non-archival quality materials. If you are going to go to the trouble of trying to preserve family photographs for posterity, archival pens should be used for journaling.

Among the many benefits these pens provide is the fact that they are fade resistant. They don’t smear or feather, when dry, and they don’t bleed through to the other side of your archival paper. They are non-toxic and usually available in a variety of tips and colors. Pens made for archiving purposes are the only ones you should use near your precious photos and family documents.

Best Writing Utensils for Students

Writing utensils seem like such simple things, don’t they? Yet each one has their own purpose, and every person has their own preference. Math teachers prefer to never get papers that are completed in ink. College professors tend to prefer work that is done using a pen. Art instructors prefer to use completely different methods, altogether. So, how do you know what kind of writing utensils your student needs?

The writing utensil your student needs depends upon what they are doing with it. For instance, some students prefer round wooden pencils when doing their math homework, while other students prefer to use plastic, refillable pencils. Some students prefer a fine tip on their pens, while others prefer simple ball point ones. You should ask what kind of utensils they use the most, and then include those with the ones listed below.


Every student needs a highlighter. Whether they use it in their books, or as they highlight the notes they have taken, the highlighter is always a useful tool. Some highlighters come with tabs that you can pull out and use as small placeholders in specific areas of a book or document.

Archival Pens

Archival pens work extremely well for research projects because of the quality of ink that is used. The ink resists fading that is common with the average ink found in pens for everyday use. This ink also sits on top of the paper, rather than soaking into it and causing a bleed-through onto the next sheet.

The Importance of Archival Pens for Clinical Research

The Importance of Archival Pens for Clinical Research

When you record your laboratory findings in your research notebooks, you need to use the proper writing utensil. Failure to do so can compromise the integrity of your work and put your entire team’s project in jeopardy. Archival pens are the best tool for all of your research, so be sure to consider the reasons why should not be using any other writing tools for your important research work.

Pencils are non-permanent, which means that any data you record with one can be called into question, should you have to defend your research for a patent-pending application, or in a court of law. Even when you do quick math problems to ensure the accuracy and validity of your work, it should always be done with a permanent medium.

Some markers have a tendency to bleed through even the thickest of paper. In order to protect the integrity of all your findings, you should make sure that you use a pen that will not bleed through. Archival pens give you the smooth writing capability you need, without the risk of ink bleeding through to the other pages of your work.

Archival pens are waterproof and chemical-resistant, so they are safe for use in any laboratory setting. Since the ink will not fade over time, your research records will last for years to come. There are six different point sizes to choose from, and the archival-quality ink will not bleed through most paper, making these pens ideal for any of your laboratory research.