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 […]

Number of air-cushion thingies to ship a wall calendar?

Sixty-one, according to Office Max. That’s 40.5 linear feet of AirSpeed “inflatable void fill packaging.” #sustainability #greenwash I opened the oversized box and long stretches of plastic-cushion chains popped out, like some giant snakes-in-a-peanut-brittle-can gag. Each cushion bears the words “Please Recycle” in large letters. The manufacturer, Pregis, prides itself on its environmentalism, using reclaimed […]