I was listening to a recent TED Talks podcast featuring Jason Pontin. Pontin is the editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review. The topic: Can technology solve our big problems. He starts out describing Buzz Aldrin's descent out of Apollo 11 on July 21, 1969.
I'm a fan of Antiques Roadshow. The best moments happen when the experts tell an unassuming owner that their tchotchke was once owned by King Arthur/Ptolemy/Mendeleev and it dates back to before they were keeping track of days.
We are having a bout with little itty bitty ants. For some reason, they are hanging out in our upstairs bathroom. With no food source, I'm hoping they will go away on their own. If that's not the case, I will take action.
When I first read the news that a spoof paper almost made its way into several open-access journals I thought I was reading something from The Onion. I poked around and found the news was true – and sad.
Earlier this month the world celebrated the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. The Ig Nobel Prizes are organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association.
In the third grade my music teacher had us make a miniature model of the musical instrument of our choice. I chose the cello. I was so proud of my creation and couldn't wait to showcase it in front of my peers.
I am thankful that I've never needed a remedy for de-skunking a dog. However, I'm sure I've just tempted fate. No worries, this video, which was the winner of a contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), gives me the lowdown on getting the skunk stink out of my...
In 2001 Fortune magazine named Air Products' rock band, The Difference, the “Best Corporate Rock Band in America.” Since 2000, Fortune has partnered with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to host a battle of the corporate bands.
A recent press release from IChemE reveals a smog-eating street. I can't help but picture a road lifting up its concrete slab and noshing on nitrogen oxide to rid the world of nasty smog. The caption would say: "Taking A Bite Out Of Pollution" a la McGruff the Crime Dog...
I have a coffee can full of old batteries. I don't want to toss them in the trash – those things leak all sorts of unfriendly stuff into the environment. Each time I look at the can, I think – why can't they come up with an environmentally friendly battery?...