As if ads with talking mucus weren’t gross enough

 My friend Heather decided I had to have these  fascinatingly grotesque little darlings — rubberized 3D models of airborne microbes. The green goober is  the common cold. Can you guess the hairy fella? Yep, E. coli. Made by ThinkGeek (gotta love the name), these bouncy bugs also emit Whoopee Cushion-worthy sound effects–only sicker–when you pull […]

Onions and garlic soak up heavy metals

 First it was cashew hulls. Now scientists say that onions and garlic also may be effective in soaking up hazardous heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and tin. This according to a paper published in International Journal of Environment and Pollution. According to a press release, researchers at GGS Indraprastha University in Delhi, India, found them to be particularly effective […]

Leprosy Patients Also Wish for Gift of Pain

While somewhat light on science, the recent New York Times Magazine cover story “The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly” is a fascinating profile of Ashlyn Blocker, a girl who suffers from a rare, harrowing, and little-understood condition known as “congenital insensitivity to pain.” Although not mentioned in the article, one of the only other diseases that rob patients […]

STEM On the Playground

Designers of the new generation of innovative playgrounds contend that these collaborative free-form environments are inspiring the world’s future problem-solvers. My 7-year-old has a different spin: “Yeeeeeaahhhhhh!!!” Here’s my write-up on Designwire Daily about Rockwell Group’s latest Imagination Playground — the centerpiece of the National Building Museum’s “Play Work Build” exhibition, which opened last week.