Yvonne Carts-Powell

Advanced notice of shutdown

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Dear Readers,

Sometime in the next several months, this blog will cease posting new entries. I enjoy sharing the weird and wonderful snippets of science and technology (especially when they intersect with society, writing, and fart jokes) but my health is declining, and I can no longer devote time to blogging.

I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed blogging.

Best,
Yvonne Carts-Powell
blogger and author of the book The Science of Heroes

Mariette DiChristina: “Science Is an Engine of Human Prosperity”

In beautiful, Science, writing on August 26, 2014 at 7:01 am

“Science is not a set of facts or received wisdom that’s been handed down.It’s a system for innovation and advancement—and humankind’s best invention yet for pursuing the truth and an understanding of how the world works.”

Read more of Scientific American editor Mariette DiChristina’s eloquent defense of science, and basic science funding, presented to the US Congress earlier this summer: Mariette DiChristina: "Science Is an Engine of Human Prosperity" – Scientific American.

Students show Wallace and Gromit ‘Wrong Trousers’ are scientifically possible for a short period of time

In hilarious, Science on August 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

In a classic example of physicists at play, students published a paper on the feasibility of the Wrong Trousers from a Wallace & Gromit film of the same name. Turns out that the vacuum generation to hold Wallace to the ceiling? Not so difficult to create.

See the press release: Students show Wallace and Gromit 'Wrong Trousers' are scientifically possible for a short period of time.

Or read the PDF of the journal paper: “It’s the wrong trousers Gromit!” Part 1

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