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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.

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


What Is the Big Deal about Powdered Alcohol? – Scientific American

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

What Is the Big Deal about Powdered Alcohol? – Scientific American.

Designing Sound Effects To Gently Warn Pedestrians Of Silent Vehicles

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2014 at 7:44 am


The problem with electric cars is that they’re harder for pedestrians and bikers to avoid. So: make them make some noise, but preferably not an annoying noise. See more from Popsci: Designing Sound Effects To Gently Warn Pedestrians Of Silent Vehicles.

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals | Popular Science

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Dear Schools: Stop Treating Science-Curious Kids Like Criminals | Popular Science.

Scientists’ Support for Kiera Wilmot

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

Science is risky sometimes, but it shouldn’t be a crime. And certainly, a teenager engaged in a science experiment should not be charged with a felony, nor charged as an adult. What is the problem with Florida?

Scientists’ Support for Kiera Wilmot #Solidarity4Wilmot | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network.

New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight

In Science, technology, Uncategorized on April 19, 2013 at 7:35 am


Cooling buildings takes a lot of energy — and a new structure that radiates heat may someday help reduce the burden of cooling buildings.

Read the article here: New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight.

Or read the techniocal paper in Nano Letters:Ultrabroadband Photonic Structures To Achieve High-Performance Daytime Radiative Cooling.

Lightsaber, by Ikea

In hilarious, science fiction, tv and movies, Uncategorized on May 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

This page is in German, but that’s okay, because — like most Ikea instructions — the pictograms tell you how to put together your new (presumably flat-packed) Litsabbur.

No Gungans required.

Bauanleitung für ein Lichtschwert – Win Bild.

World’s lightest metal

In Science, technology, Uncategorized on November 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

metal on top of a dandelion puff

UC Irvine Release: World’s lightest metal developed :: UC Irvine TODAY.

Deciphering Rogue Waves

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

Waves much much larger and steeper than those around them are rare, but they do crop up on the ocean, and in other wave systems. An international group of researchers is deciphering their behavior.

Read more in the article I wrote for “Optics & Photonics News”: Deciphering Rogue Waves.

Notes on “How to survive a snow goon apocalypse”

In science fiction, Uncategorized on February 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

This is a parody of various, “how to survive a zombie apocalypse” webpages, articles, and shows.

Written with helpful additions by Laura Waterstripe and Francesca Coppa.

The serious stuff:

Even without snow goons, winter can be a deadly time for those without adequate shelter and heat and food. Please consider donating to your local charities that help those in need at this time of year. In Boston, I recommend Rosie’s Place or Pine Street Inn.

Stay warm and stay safe!


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