The Virgin and the Whore: Horticultural Morality

In late August, when the heat and humidity in my Mid Atlantic Zone 7 neighborhood have done in most of summer’s beauties, I’m on the look out for plants just coming into their own — like the sweet-scented, white flowers of a clematis vine popping up all over the alley fences in the neighborhood. When […]

The Great Molting Spot

  I could watch the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal LiveCam all day, although the lack of audio is disappointing. The bulls’ guttural barking and bellowing and harrumphing as they slam their blubbery chests into each other and slinky-roll across the sand are calls of the wild that make your skin prickle. I tried to capture […]

Meet the new geeks

Big changes here at Secret Science Geek. Besides getting a design makeover this summer, SSG welcomes two contributors, Lisa Lavelle Burke and Catherine M. Cooney. Lisa is a writer, photographer, and gardener, who traded in her law partnership at Patton Boggs LLP to play in the dirt. She is a DC Master Gardener and a member […]

Does drinking tap water cause reproductive health problems?

My recent news story about a study that finds no developmental or reproductive effects in lab rats from drinking tap water might give people a sigh of relief. Yet the verdict is definitely still out on this topic. As I describe in Chemical & Engineering News, the latest published research from a long-term multi-lab study sponsored […]

Gold bullet for cancer

Such interesting developments coming out of India on the nano-biomedical technology front. In one of the latest developments, scientists have combined Cobra venom with gold nanoparticles to target leukemia. Researchers at the University of Calcutta have synthesized a new, anticancer nanocomposite by fusing a protein found in Cobra venom with modified gold nanoparticles. This nanocomposite induced controlled […]