One giant step for Mankind. Or at least, for holding it all together while we figure it out. This article on hydrogel bonding has so many fascinating applications I find it hard to start. It’s not just the adhesive properties, but it’s also conductive, too. In the article, they discuss how they could utilize those… Read More One Small Step for Cyborgs
I have Thursdays noted, on my ad hoc schedule, as the days for link round-ups. I do a fair amount of reading in odd moments, from blogs I touch in at on a routine basis, to tidbits that float across my screen seemingly at random. I’ll collect the ones that caught my eye, and post… Read More Interesting Stuff
This is a riff on the same subject I wrote about for MGC today. Sort of, not really, but it’s closely related. While I was sitting at my desk formulating the post in my head, a notification box popped up in the corner of my screen, I glanced at it, and then ignored it. Later,… Read More Alarums and Diversions
I’ve been toying with this article for a while, and decided the only way to do it justice was to write a series of articles, rather than trying to cram it all into one place. It started, as so many of my ideas do, in a conversation between the First Reader and I. We were… Read More Food Anthropology: From the Beginning
It’s off to work I go! Finally, after months of looking and waiting for the right job, I’ve got one. I’m a bit nervous, quite excited, and will likely be tired for a week or so until I adjust to the new routine. I’ll be working as a laboratory technician, conducting microbiology tests for quality… Read More Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho!
We live in a time when the concept of famine is distant. It happens to someone else, far away, and we collect pennies at school to help the poor starving children we can’t quite identify with. I am an American, and my culture is one of plenty. The cornucopia of what is available to me… Read More Persistent Food Myths
In a recent post I mentioned my childhood battle with slugs, and John in Philly commented, infecting me with the delightful mental image of a small girl holding a ten-foot tall slug at bay with her salt sprayer. So why don’t we have ten-foot slugs? Elephants can get that big. Whales get even bigger, although… Read More Hydrostatic Skeletons: Or, why don’t we have ten foot tall slugs?
My son decided he wanted to take part in the science fair at his school. The Little Man is in 6th grade this year, and they had just been discussing cell structure in classes, so when he asked me a few weeks ago for help with ideas on what to do, I suggested yeast among… Read More Science Experiment: Yeast
One of life’s little joys – and there are many such joys in my life, even the small, strange ones I can’t explain – is talking to my children about what I’m doing, and learning. I anticipate that continuing even when I’m not actively in classes. Learning doesn’t end when school does. Which is why… Read More At the junction of Science and Motherhood
I should probably have tried to make that rhyme, but instead I’ll leave you with some photos. I have to run the girls to school, and then make my boy his breakfast and pack his lunch and… and later today I have a quiz over the last 40+ trees we identified recently. Her quizzes are… Read More Water is wet, the Sky is Blue, I’m Busy…
#ForScience You can find the first myth-posting here. This one is so egregiously wrong I’ve corrected it in several places… and it finally exasperated me enough to put the effort into creating this post, so I have one link that I can toss in a comment when I see the meme float across facebook again.… Read More Myth-Busting: Bacteriophage
As my readers know, I do hang out on FB, with all the pitfalls that entails. I really enjoy the ability to instantly interact with friends and family that live around the globe. It’s great for that. But I’m constantly tripping over stuff that is just… not true. Most of the time I just scroll… Read More Myth-Busting: Daddy Longlegs