National Geographic has a terrific device known as the Crittercam. The penguin on the left is wearing one. He’s not the only animal that has. It’s been worn by a variety of animals, including humpback whales and a bear cub. The idea for the Crittercam came to marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall in 1986. […]

Fans: Yankees vs Mets

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So which is better? To be a Yankees fan or a Mets fan? As a lifelong Yankees fan, there’s no doubt in my mind which is best. NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet is a lifelong Mets fan. Here’s Baseball’s Chief Geek’s hilarious explanation of why it’s healthier and more productive to be a Mets fan. “I tell people […]

Bukiet Baseball Model

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How does NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet’s baseball projection model work? Baseball’s Chief Geek and I discussed what it takes – in terms of logic and computing time – to model a baseball game. We also discussed the difficulty of modeling baseball compared to sports like basketball or football. It’s to Bukiet’s credit, and talent in […]

Play Ball!

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It’s Opening Day! The start of the baseball season. What could be more? For the rest of the week, I’ll be posting excerpts from an interview I had with NJIT Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bruce Bukiet, aka Baseball’s Chief Geek. He’s a mathematician with a bias toward math with a purpose. His annual projections […]

Update on the Verio Sync

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It’s true that I love my Verio Sync. It’s also true that there is a lot not to love. With that in mind, consider the following: Pro: The 14-day summary visible in the Reveal app on my iPhone keeps me motivated and on track. Pro: The Reveal app spots trends. Pro: The Reveal app gives an average […]

Satellites and Airliners

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It’s difficult to imagine that a Boeing 777 could disappear. It’s 200 feet long, 199 feet from wing tip to wing tip, and has a cabin that’s a bit over 19 feet wide. It carries up to 440 people, and the 200-ER also carriers nearly 15,000 gallons of additional fuel. What that all means is […]

Oh, Come On!


Hmmm. My annual vegetable-growng glitch is occurring before the seeds are even in hand. I’ll straighten it out. If the Red Sox can overcome the Curse of the Bambino, I can beat the wrath of the reluctant veggies! Of course it took them decades, and I’d really like a tomato this summer….

NASA Engineer Excellent Answers

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Check out this video by NASA Engineer Ted Garbeff. He made the video in answer to some questions from a four-year old boy in England. The answers include a way to estimate the number of stars in the sky. Also some excellent advice for a future career at NASA!  

Baby Bloomer


“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.” My aspirations are not nearly so noble. I just want to talk about HYDROPONIC GARDENING. I have tried to grow lettuce for years. Each time […]

KidSci: Hydroponics

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Are you ready for a challenge? How about growing some tomatoes without soil? I’m going to give it a try, but I have to admit I’m going to have help in the form of a Baby Bloomer. Hmm… Doesn’t seem fair. To even things up a bit, I’ll also grow some tomatoes with all of […]


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It’s only been a short time, but I am already loving this VerioSync monitor and Reveal app. There is no getting away from the fact that I’m not doing what I need to. Why? Because the app has the key data right there, in color, on the screen of my phone. For me, it’s perfect because […]

KidSci: Seasons


Try this interactive activity from Scientific American to see how the seasons work!   Source: Scientific American Science Buddies More seasonal stuff: Why is Summer Hot? Summer in the US – Winter in Australia

Veggie Soup

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I don’t know about you, but there are times when I want something to eat that isn’t going to knock my glucose out of whack. This is especially difficult since I am often on prednisone–which knocks my glucose to the moon as it is. Here is my version of an easy-to-make, good-tasting, snack that won’t ruin your night. It actually tastes pretty good, too.

Innovation: Zipper

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Innovators amaze me. The people who look at a take-out coffee cup and visualize a way to standardize the openings and lids. The people who realize a bit of sticky substance on a slip of paper can solve an everyday problem. The people who take a zipper and make it more!

New Tappan Zee Bridge

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Who doesn’t love a bridge? They span a space and bring people safely from one side to the other. They work in all types of weather. They are forms of art and function rolled into one. New York is getting a new Hudson River crossing. This could get interesting.

So Much to Share

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I’ve been busy studying and consulting with educators to get the best, most timely and accurate info possible for all of us. I know we can go to the American Diabetes site – and I often do – but I want to bring information to you at a more individual and direct level. The only […]

Jellyfish Power!


This is the first post in a series on jellyfish. It explores the way jellyfish move through deep water. Sometimes it appears that jellyfish simply float and move with the water in the waves. Other times it seems that the wind blowing across the surface of the water is pushing the jellyfish along the surface.

Forces at Work: Cantilever Bridges

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Cantilever bridges are subject to the two basic forces that are in effect for all bridges. These forces are compression and tension. In a cantilever bridge, with the space between the cantilevered portion spanned by a suspended deck, the compression and tension are straightforward. As you can see in this diagram above, from Merriam-Webster, a […]

Air Quality


When you see this image, you’ll know the post is about something related to Air Quality. The post may include an interview, a news item, a TED Talk, or a report on the latest research. Whichever it is, it will be worth your time. It will also include a link that you can use to […]

Quantum What?

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My mission as a science writer is to make the complex simple. It frustrates me when I encounter well-educated people who insist there is no simple way to explain x, y, or z. Having written an entire book about applied fluid dynamics for laypeople, I also frankly find this hard to believe. SO – one ongoing project of […]

Types of Bridges: Cantilever

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There are four main types of bridges. The cantilever bridge is one type. It gets its name because it is built using cantilevers – horizontal structures that are supported on only one end. (Think diving board.) With a cantilever bridge, there is a structure that supports one end of the deck. This deck structure can […]