Category: News

All-Electric in 2019

First Musk gives the technology away. Then Tesla announces its Model 3 for the masses starting this Friday. Now Volvo says it will be all electric from 2019 on. And the hovercars will be making their appearance — when???


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?

IEEE Medal of Honor to Dresselhaus

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

Satellites and Airliners

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 […]

No Jetson Future?

Say it isn’t say! Say it can’t be true that the vision of personal flying cars is about to be supplanted by —- drones delivering pizza! Talk about your cruel and twisted outcomes! When I was a kid, we were often asked to envision the future. Our dreams always included flying cars or personal flying craft of […]

Colony Collapse Due to Number of Factors

A new study by John Bryden of Royal Holloway University of London and his colleagues supports the current theory that colony collapse is likely a result of a number of stressors. Scientific American Climate Change & Environment briefings reports this month that Bryden modeled stresses on bees. “The model accurately predicted the fate of 16 experimental colonies […]

BioFuels in the News – Uncovering Fraud

The use of alternative energy is essential to the long-term health of our planet and Biofuels are one such energy source. In my latest post for BioBuzz, the Maryland biotech community blog, I report on a biofuels-based tax and securities fraud that bilked investors and taxpayers out of more than $100 million. Click on over […]

Government Shutdown and Science

Many of us in the DC Metro region have firsthand knowledge of the effect of the recent government shutdown. For those of you who do  not, AAAS Member Central recapped five ways the shutdown impacted science in an October 17th blog post by Summer Allen, Graduate and Posdoc, Brown University, on the Capitol Connection blog. […]

Harbin China Smog

The  Wall Street Journal reported this week that Harbin, a city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang in China, is covered in such dense smog that several airports and highways, as well as many schools, have been closed. People in Harbin are wearing masks to protect themselves from PM 2.5 particulates in the air. The […]

MRSA and Pro Football

MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It’s an infection that’s caused be a type of staph bacteria that is very difficult to treat. The difficulty lies in the fact that this particular strain of bacteria has become resistant to the antibiotics usually used to treat it.

Flash Floods and Lyons Colorado

 Lyons, Colorado – in Boulder County Colorado – was the site of horrific flooding over the past few days. The flooding was not just due to rising water levels in rivers and other bodies of water. The flooding was also due to flash flooding that resulted from the huge amount of rain that fell in […]

Luca Parmitano Nearly Drowns in Space

I try to move as little as possible to avoid moving the water inside my helmet. I keep giving information on my health, saying that I’m ok and that repressurization can continue. Now that we are repressurizing, I know that if the water does overwhelm me I can always open the helmet. I’ll probably lose consciousness, but in any case that would be better than drowning inside the helmet. At one point, Chris squeezes my glove with his and I give him the universal ‘ok’ sign with mine. The last time he heard me speak was before entering the airlock!

Housework and Health

I’m sort of surprised that a study was actually undertaken to prove this point, but people who do not do houswork are less active than those who do. Taking away a cause for screams of sexism, I’m also certain this applies to people who don’t mow their own lawns, shovel their own snow, or paint […]

Lying Lance

So Lance Armstrong lied. The dreary weather matches my dreary mood. It’s not even that he used whatever he used. It’s almost not even that he had a fairly elaborate system in place to do what he did. It’s that he lied. Repeatedly.

Type 2 and Kids

I just read a horrifying report about Metformin and kids. It boils down to this: Kids and teens do not respond to Metformin in the same way as adults. That’s very bad news for kids because once they develop Type 2, the disease progresses more rapidly than in adults. Bottom line: They are in trouble […]

James Cameron at Ocean’s Deepest Point

Not only has James Cameron reached the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, he’s tweeted to let us all know! That’s an amazing use of technology given that he is about 7,000 feet deeper than Mt. Everest is tall! To say conditions down there are inhospitable to human life is to put it mildly. The […]

March 27 is Alert!Day

March 27 is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert!Day this year. It’s your chance to take a simple, online Diabetes Risk Test and see where you fall. It won’t take much time and it could mean a head start that will make a difference to your longterm health. Leave a comment to let us know how […]

Public Health Practices to Stem Violence in Vulnerable Populations

Sounds like a snoozer but I’m betting it will be anything but on Tuesday, February 14 when Frontline airs “The Interrupters.” Awarded “Best Documentary of 2011,” this two-hour program follows three CeaseFire Chicago “violence interrupters.” Their goal? To stop the next act of gun violence from occurring in much the same way public health officials work […]

Technology and Dance, Partners in Innovation

Those living in the DC Metro area are in for a treat this week.  Joe’s Movement Emporium of Mt. Rainier is hosting Affectations, a piece commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art and created by Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp of Dance Box Theater. Affectations combines the technology of controller free […]

Peterson Field Guide App

> There’s a Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds app from Wildtonesthat’s compatible with the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. There are over 180 birds – far more types than we get in our yard – so chances are excellent you’ll be able to identify the feathered creatures passing their time in your […]

News:Printing Skin

A report from CNN on Saturday pointed me in the direction of a new use of biology and technology at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. It seems they’ve reached the pre-clinical phase with a new “ink jet” printer technology that will “print” cells directly onto burned and damaged skin in the battlefield. According to […]

Check Out … Steven Strogatz

Here’s a little something to keep you busy until I post again. It’s a column by Steven Strogatz “professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University. In 2007 he received the Communications Award, a lifetime achievement award for the communication of mathematics to the general public. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where […]


I’m looking forward to meeting with the people at Eco-Check in the next few weeks. I’m interested in learning more about their health indicators, how the samples are taken, etc. I’ve also been talking with various fire experts about the work being done on fire models. There’s a range of approaches that I find very […]