“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 […]
The Italians have come a long way since they imprisoned Galileo for heresy, but today’s absurd verdict goes too far, assuming scientists can predict the future. Galileo’s apocryphal muttering, “And yet it moves” takes on new meaning.
When I started covering sustainable design ten years ago, Marybeth Shaw of Shaw Jelveh Design was a wonderful sherpa. It was an honor for me to pen the intro to her new portfolio. You can read more and see photos on my website, laurafisherkaiser.com.
Take a good look. This is the only time in my life I will post a picture of my breast on the Internet. When I went for the dreaded and overdue mammogram, I decided to pop for the newish tomosynthesis procedure, which produces three-dimensional views of breast tissue. Can you tell which is which? The conventional […]
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 […]
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 […]
Gee, how many of the millions disabled by leprosy do you think will attend England’s “Leper Festival”? This annual event takes place on January 29, World Leprosy Day, in Taddiport, Devon, a hamlet that was a leprosy colony in the Middle Ages. The festivities include a torchlit procession, a “Leper Ball,” and an “Ugly Pageant.” […]