science

That’s no moon…

During last month’s Stone Concert, the CT scan showed two unexpected somethings. I went into my primary care physician ask what, if anything, I should do about them.  Because I’m generally feeling fine, the gallstone can be ignored. (Update: Until next year.) I will probably have to cut back on the butter fried bacon twinkies smothered …

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Pasta puzzle

I’ve been having a lot of fun reading “How to Fossilize Your Hamster“[1], an entertaining and enlightening collection of quirky science questions and experiments one can do to observe the the principles. It’s very conversationally written with abundant humor. For example, in answering the best way to get ketchup out of the bottle, where they …

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Week of worms

The juxtaposition of blog entries about recipes and worms is purely coincidence. (Really.) But since you’re not going to eat breakfast anyway, behold the latest squirmy thing found while making a wet mount from a leaf plucked from Lake Sammamish. (Thumbnail photos below the fold. Click-through for the larger image.)

The new microscope

This little critter was found on a pea pod today: First reaction: Coooooool Second reaction: ewwwww (a reason to wash your veggies) Third and final reaction: Cooooool! What else can I look at! The new microscope could be even more interesting than my previous foray into macro photography.

How many shots?

While waiting for my mocha, I noticed the customer before me had ordered a “triple tall yatta yatta.” The “yatta yatta” is unimportant, because what piqued my curiosity was the “triple” part. A “Tall,” rhymes with “small,” is twelve ounces. Their “medium” is “Grande,” or sixteen ounces. Their largest size, “Venti,” is twenty ounces. Since …

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Inattentional blindness

Today’s keynote speaker, Daniel Simons, talked about inattentional blindness, the inability to perceive features in a visual scene you’re not paying attention to. It’s used in movies. For example, in The Matrix, the scene in which Neo and Morpheus first spar Kung-Fu style, there’s a stunt double for Keanu. Unless you’re looking for a tall …

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Massed particles

In my particular line of work, I get to see a lot of scientific data representing fluid flows or structural mechanics. They’re all interesting, though I have to admit seeing Yet Another Mach Yatta Whoozit lacks the pure excitement it did a year ago. Luckily, the analyses my product offers are applicable in many other …

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S happens

Because I’ve been swamped at work, and the book’s due back at the library, I blew through “Why Things Break.” It was a page turner, literally and figuratively, covering topics like the history of Pyrex, why the Titanic’s hull failed so spectacularly, and the engineering of Cassini’s power system. (History buffs may recall the predictions …

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