Category: D-Y-K

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 […]

Why is Summer Hot?

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Most people believe the summer is hot and the winter is cold because the Earth is closer to the sun in summer and farther away in winter. That’s just not true! The Earth is closest to the sun in January! If it’s a matter of how close we are to the sun then January should […]

Did You Know: Before the Peterson Field Guides

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Did you know that before the Peterson Field Guides, it was common practice to kill a bird so that the specimen could be identified? After identification, the “skins” of the birds were preserved with arsenic. Some of the skins exist today. In fact, you can see many of them at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute […]

Did You Know: Standardized Fire Hose Couplings

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Did you know that one of the first things to be standardized in the US was — the diameter of hose couplings for fire hoses? I know. Who knows, let alone cares about that sort of detail? None other than yours truly. Since I’m certain you now also want to know the scoop, I’ll fill […]

A Science Hall of Fame With a Twist

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On January 14, Science ran a Gonzo Scientist piece entitled, “The Science Hall of Fame.” John Bohannon details the ways in which this particular Science Hall of Fame (SH0F), curated by Adrian Veres and John Bohannon, measures fame in terms of the number of times a person’s name has appeared in books over the centuries. […]

Did You Know…

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Did you know that William Froude was the 19th English civil engineer and visionary who proved that the results of tests run on scale models would be applicable to full-sized vessels of the same design?

Premo No. 9 Camera

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I’ve been researching the Premo No. 9 Camera for a piece I’m writing. Haven’t found an expert yet but I’ve found a copy of the manual that came with the camera – online. Also a Premo for sale on the internet – with a series of photos of the camera. Seems it was terribly cumbersome […]

ANSWERS to Friday’s Trivia Quiz

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How many did you know???? True or False TRUE 1. Anaphylaxis was discovered while testing the poison of the Actiniae sea anemone on dogs. Page 125. TRUE 2. The cyclical structure of benzene was suggested in a dream. Page 77. FALSE 3. Vulcanization of rubber is named for the scientist who discovered the optimal temp […]

Trivia Friday: Scientific Discoveries

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Today’s post is a quiz about accidental scientific discoveries. Serendipitous discoveries, if you will. How many of these do you know? True or False 1. Anaphylaxis was discovered while testing the poison of the Actiniae sea anemone on dogs. 2. The cyclical structure of benzene was suggested in a dream. 3. Vulcanization of rubber is […]