As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years,…
Is Santa real? Are his reindeer all female?! Could Santa actually hit every house in 24 hours? These Christmas mysteries and more explained!
Check out the newest episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart, just in time for Christmas!
You’ll also learn why reindeer really DO have red noses, how math dictates that your lights will always tangle, and proof that elves are masters of quantum mechanics. And don’t worry, no Santa spoilers!
Give the gift of
Is it looking more and more like a green Christmas where you live? Don’t fret - you can grow your own snowflakes in a soda bottle using a sponge, string, and dry ice.
That is awesome! Definitely trying this experiment. Especially since snow and Austin don’t usually cross paths.
Head to the Science Friday page to watch the full video of how this is done, plus get a flurry of facts from snowflake guru Ken Libbrecht.
Bonus: If you want to learn more about
Also in this week's issue of C&EN, a farewell missive from Dr. William Carroll, the outgoing chairman of the ACS board of directors. The relevant sections: ...Members always tell us that communicating scientific knowledge—through meetings, journals, and particularly C&EN—is most important to them. On the other hand, our ability to help with career maintenance and advancement has been working its way up the importance ladder. I think we’ve made good progress on
The top of an email from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to reporters this morning: Due to an embargo break, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo: eReading before bed Use of light-emitting eReaders and other electronic light before bedtime may […]