Chemical Reaction

From Dust To Snow To Winter Wonderland

Tomorrow is the first day of winter and in Cleveland we still haven't seen any snow. According to the weather reports, that's about to change. I must admit, I enjoy a good snow storm -- especially the first one of the season.

What Do Woodstock And Schrödinger's Cat Have In Common?

My friend Alan, an engineer, was prepping his son, Alex, for an upcoming science fair and had this conversation: "I was trying to explain quantum entanglement to Alex (he's 6). And that led to the discussion about Schrödinger's cat.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's The Bayer Cross

My first memory of Bayer was a huge plastic pill that my grandpa had in his fishing tackle box. He was a doctor, so he always had swag from pharmaceutical companies. It was actually a container that I'm sure at one time held samples of the company's Aspirin.

Would A Perfume Fit For A Queen Smell Like Fish & Chips?

It's that time of year – a time to rack your brain trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. How will you make certain your gift stands above the rest?Maybe you can follow the example from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Nerd Humor Meets The Flying Circus

I love the TV show The Big Bang Theory. The nerdy humor will make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times per 30-minute episode. I also love Monty Python's Flying Circus. All that dry British humor brilliantly weaved into gut-busting skits is enough to make me want to...

Experts Hope To Finally Build The Very First Computer

If you've been involved in an IT project you know the pains of going over budget and over deadline. But don't think these problems only exist for us 21st century workers. Nope. In the mid-1800s Charles Babbage designed the very first computer and was tasked with convincing the government in...

Forget Welding, These Robots Can Paint Like Picasso

Did you ever wonder what sleep looked like from an artistic perspective? Sure there are plenty of paintings portraying people sleeping. And the vision of Snow White put into a near-death slumber by the poison apple is forever etched into my mind.

Assume Your Way To All Sorts Of Answers

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?

100 Things To Ponder About The Periodic Table

It arrived. My advance copy of "The Elements, An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table" (Shelter Harbor Press, October 2012). The UPS driver pulled up to my driveway with book in hand while I was outside with my three dogs.

Recent Security Breach At Saudi Aramco Solidifies The Notion Of Preparing For The Worst

Like any major catastrophe, many companies think it won't happen to them. But "stuff" happens and it's best to be prepared for the worst. Just ask Saudi Aramco. On Aug. 15 the oil producer was attacked by a virus named “Shamoon,” which damaged 30,000 computers.