Enterprise Sails Her Last Voyage

 The USS Enterprise, that is, not the Starship Enterprise, although as a child I often got them conflated since my father logged many months — years, actually — on “The Big E,” the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, back in the 1960s and ’70s. Before returning to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., this week, the Enterprise […]

“Science is not sexy.”

“Science is too much coffee and Birkenstocks and bad hair, but that’s not what people want to hear.” That from bioethicist Debra Matthews, joking last night about the disconnect between the tedious work of sitting at a lab bench waiting for some cells to grow and then trying to get the public excited about the results […]

In Good Company

There’s no love lost between Neil deGrasse Tyson and the UT physics department — they’re still dissing each other four decades after the Longhorn poobahs filleted his dissertation. When The Alcalde, the alumni magazine for The University of Texas at Austin, put the director of the Hayden Planetarium on this month’s cover, I was chagrined […]

Pass the Nuts

Cashew shells can be used to mop up heavy metals. Nature India reports that researchers have developed an absorbent material from chemically modified cashew nut shells, an agricultural waste product, which is able to remove harmful heavy metals such as copper, cadmium, nickel, and zinc from aqueous solutions. This kind of sustainable solution for cleaning up industrial […]