Category: Media

Seriously?

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I enjoy a good technological innovation as much as the next guy. But delivery droids that look like coolers on wheels? Being tested in DC? Seriously?

YA Book Review: Air

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AIR, by Ryan Gattis, is one of the best books I’ve read all year. Grey is a guy who loves to get air – to ride his bicycle as fast as possible before taking off of a ramp or other stable structure and doing flips or other risky stunts. He doesn’t do this to be […]

IEEE Medal of Honor to Dresselhaus

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In June, Professor Mildred Dresselhaus will formally receive the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor for her leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering. She is the first woman to receive the organisation’s highest honor since its inception in 1917. | Scientific American Blog

Dice and Cats in One Physics Book

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Einstein’s dice and Schrodinger’s cat in one book? What could be more? Be still my heart! I’ll post a review once I’ve finished the book. Meanwhile, here’s a review from the New York Times. | New York Times Sunday Book Review

Octopus Limbs

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How do octopuses keep track of their 8 limbs? Researchers have discovered that secret behind an octopus’s dexterity comes from the radial symmetry of its legs. Check it out! | News from Science

Cookbook: Meat on the Side

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Nikki Dinki is my all-time favorite Next Food Network Star contestant. Her philosophy is that meat should not be the focus of a meal. This is a perfect approach for those trying to better-balance their plates while controlling Type 2. The book is slated for release in early 2016. You can read all about it […]

Reading for the Scientific Mind

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I’ve been enjoying dystopian literature of late. Dystopian literature deals with events in a flawed future. Everything is in place for the Utopia generations have hoped to achieve. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, something has gone terribly wrong. The Dystopian Novels I’ll be writing about are: The Time Machine, H.G. Wells, 1895 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 1932 […]

Reading for the Scientific Mind

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber is above all a poignant love story. It explores the bonds between Peter and Beatrice Leigh as they are tested by their very separate experiences in two very different environments.

Reading for the Scientific Mind

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is the first in a trilogy about a place known as Area X. In the same way that nearly everyone over the age of 10 has an opinion about Area 54, the wider society in Annihilation believes a catastrophic environmental event occurred in Area X. Authorities have neither confirmed nor denied the rumors; […]

Weight or PSI

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I was thinking about it last night. Are the game balls weighed or is the psi of the game balls checked before the game and again at half time? Think of the tires on your car. You don’t weigh those. You use a pressure gauge to check the psi to see if they’re properly inflated. I checked, and that’s precisely what the […]

Biogeochemistry

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Yes. You read that correctly. Bio – life; Geo – pertaining to the earth; Chemistry – structures, properties, and related changes. You also understood what biogeochemistry is about if it sounds like the term refers to bits of many things that are vital to life on our planet. Let’s take a closer look at the […]

Q&A Penguins

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I’ve just been reading a fantastic book about penguins. Smithsonian Q&A Penguins by Lloyd Spencer Davis has everything I’ve been wondering about. It’s written in accessible language. It’s also fun to read. I’ve read a lot about marine mammals, and I was wishing there was a similar volume that included penguins. The best I could […]

Crittercam

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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. […]

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 […]

VerioSync

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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 […]

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!