Posts in category "science"

To those (like Bonnie McGrath) who still lament the demotion of Pluto

  I wrote this after reading the following in Bonnie McGrath’s ChicagoNow blog, Mom, I think I’m poignant:  “So Clyde [Tombaugh]  and his story have always been a family story for us. When Pluto was downgraded from planet to dwarf planet, it stung our whole family.  My mother cried.”   Though it’s true no one’s... Read more »

Rick Santorum tells the Pope that science is none of his business

  Santorum doesn’t have any quarrels When the Pope talks on faith and on morals. But he seethes with defiance When the Pope uses  science To warn  global warming  kills corals.  

Onion Transformers?

  News item Researchers say onion skin can make more realistic robotic muscles. When cutting  an onion you may  cry a lot Before you surrender it into  a pot. But its yang has a yin For they find onion skin Will produce  better lats  for a bot.          

In defense of Bruce Jenner

  Sex might  be a kind  of athletics. Sex  has its own niche in aesthetics. It’s for procreation But its orientation Is not someone’s choice. It’s genetics.    

Morpheus versus Eros

  “Sleep loss is so widespread among Americans, six out of 10 of us now say that we crave sleep more than we crave sex.” [Newsmax]   Relationships can be complex And  could end in your  paying an ex. So it’s not often bright, When you’re tired at night, That you  give into sleep over... Read more »

Food TV: A recipe for weight gain?

  “…a recent study performed in the United Kingdom, found that TV chefs’ recipes were high in fat, saturated fat, and sodium compared to the World Health Organization’s nutritional guidelines (Howard, Adams, & White, 2012). The TV recipes also contained more calories, protein, and fat than supermarket pre-prepared meals, which traditionally are not that nutritious either.” []   A study... Read more »

The Scents of a Handshake

[Why do people shake hands? A new Weizmann Institute study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other’s odors.]   When I shake your hand,  it is A custom used to tell you “So glad to meet you.” Only this. And not a way to smell you.... Read more »

Could I give up everything to die on Mars? Well...

ChicagoNow blogger Tim Falletti (a.k.a. The Acrimonious Clown) poses this question in his post today, “Could you give up everything to die on Mars?” Could I?  “Could” involves a number of  things, of course.    Age. Health. Job. Family.   But the question I suppose is academic. So let’s assume I could. But would I? I’m... Read more »

Are you a stoner? Take this test and find out.

On the wall near my computer is a chart I bought at Hobby Lobby entitled “Minerals of the World”.  Pictured on it are 40 common minerals.  Can you identify 10 of these?  If you can get 5 or more, you earn the right to be a stoner first-degree. 1. If it glitters, it may not... Read more »

The Prints of Darkness

  My wife revels in crime.  That is, I should say, the TV versions of it.  NCIS, CSI, Hawaii 50, The Mentalist, Blue Blood.  They all have her glued to the set, waiting for the resolution of the plot. I prefer to read about crime.  The fictional sort.  And Sherlock Holmes is my favorite.  Hercule... Read more »