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Posts from the ‘Interesting’ Category

  • July 18th, 2018

    The After Party You Don’t Want to Attend

    Tweet It’s summer, and for teens, that means concerts. (It’s also true for those in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties…oh, heck, with Boomer musicians still performing in their seventies, it means everyone!) Be sure to bring earbuds. It’ll still be plenty loud. If you’re fortunate enough to have an “in” with the performers, by winning [...]

  • July 3rd, 2018

    Safe Waters: Teaching Kids About Oil Spills

    Tweet Teaching the next generation about oil spills and safety isn’t for the faint of heart. Children’s attention spans are generally focused on right now, which was true even before the Age of Screens. But one ecological nonprofit is turning this assumption on its well washed ear. Matter of Trust.org is a group of eco [...]

  • June 20th, 2018

    Drive My Car

    Tweet Do you know how many songs have the word “drive” in the title? Neither do we, but an Internet search turned up at least a hundred. That’s a lot of driving, though admittedly, not all refer to four wheels and an engine. But you get the drift. We are a car culture. Especially in [...]

  • June 13th, 2018

    Sock It To Me

    Tweet Back in the ’60s, socks were quite popular. There were Friday night sock hops, where hip teenagers would kick off their shoes and dance in the gym in their socks. Then there was the catchphrase, “Sock It To Me,” which became a counterculture classic after Aretha Franklin added the refrain to her hit song Respect in [...]

  • April 11th, 2018

    Spill Hero: No Cape Necessary

    Tweet Heroes and superheroes are staples of pop music, television, movies…the list goes on and on. Enrique Iglesias had a hit with a tune called Hero. The Script sang Superheroes. A current pop song, Something Just Like This, even calls on a host of superheroes by name, from Hercules to Batman, Superman to Spiderman (where are all [...]

  • April 4th, 2018

    Feeling Polar-ized? The Crucial Difference Between Polar and Non-Polar

    Tweet There’s a lot of polarity on the planet. And it doesn’t always stem from people’s magnetic personalities. It also has nothing to do with the North and South Poles. Or polar fleece (which can keep you warm if you’re traveling to a Pole.) It doesn’t even have much to do with polar bears. Except [...]

  • March 28th, 2018

    Emission or Absorption?

    Tweet In an intriguing novel called Chemistry, by Weike Wang (who holds a chemistry degree), she writes, “A laser is colorful by emission. It is green because it emits light. It is not like a leaf that is green because it absorbs red light…In this way, a green laser is a purer form of color [...]

  • March 7th, 2018

    Minding Your D’s and B’s

    Tweet In the English language, the smallest change can make the biggest difference. Take humus and hummus, for example. The first is the organic component of soil, formed as leaves and other plant material decompose. The latter is a thick paste made from ground chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic. They’re completely different [...]

  • February 28th, 2018

    Grocery Robot: Glimpse into the Future

    Tweet AI isn’t  just the wave of the future: it’s also our present. We’re automating some jobs right out of existence: Robot waiters now take orders and process payments at Pizza Hut; Wendy’s replaced their lowest-paid workers with robots; Budweiser just made the world’s first autonomous truck delivery; Walmart replaced 7000 accounting jobs with robots. True, [...]

  • February 21st, 2018

    Snooze You Lose? Not Anymore.

    Tweet Long-haul trucking can be a tough gig. Drivers need to be mindful of their cargo and their rig. They face days of bad coffee and lonely nights. Highway hypnosis is common. What if an experienced trucker starts to nod off behind the wheel? SafeCap to the rescue. In our technological age, a typical trucker [...]