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Posts from the ‘Interesting’ Category

  • 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 [...]

  • January 10th, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 2: Coconut Husk

    Tweet Nutritionists have been singing the praises of coconut for years. Touted benefits of coconut oil, for instance, include everything from boosting immunity to balancing hormones, aiding digestion to beautifying skin and hair. Coconut water is a delicious, almost calorie-free beverage, and coconut butter, a yummy, heart-healthy alternative on toast. What a versatile fruit! But [...]

  • January 3rd, 2018

    Fatberg: A Bad Place to Live

    Tweet Many sweet little hamlets throughout the U.S. are called “burgs”: Harrisburg. Plattsburgh. Some are more famous than others. Gettysburg. Some are known for their steel mills. Or football teams. Pittsburgh. But there are some burgs/bergs where no one should live. Like Fatberg. “Fatberg” can be any town or city, anywhere in the world. Because [...]

  • December 13th, 2017

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 1: Peat Moss

    Tweet Peat moss seems pretty innocuous. It’s widely used in horticulture for packing plants, and for compost. There’s more of it in places like Ireland and Finland, known for their wetlands, than anywhere else on Earth. It’s just a harmless organic substance, right? That’s debatable. Or, we might say, depeatable. While peat moss (also known [...]

  • October 11th, 2017

    Tacos and Pizza and Beer, Oh My

    Tweet Who lies awake at night dreaming of food holidays? Probably someone whose business involves enticing customers to buy their products — or someone who really enjoys eating. Maybe it’s a corporate event planner whose job entails interfacing with catering companies for large-scale meetings. Or maybe it’s a conspiracy of moms who want to promote [...]