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 […]

The man who made mumps a distant memory.

Or, for that matter, measles and rubella. If as a child you learned about mumps from The Little Golden Book called Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC, you can thank Maurice R. Hilleman, who in his lifetime developed some 40 vaccines, including the first one for mumps, saving millions of lives. Among the amazing stats in an article about him in […]