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April 15, 2014

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1:55 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Doreen McVeigh
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This post focuses on Doreen McVeigh, a Ph.D. student studying marine ecology at NC
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11:00 AM | Why Captain America’s Shield Is Basically a Star-Spangled Supercapacitor
Captain America’s shield is famous for absorbing tremendous amounts of kinetic energy, from an artillery shell to a punch from the Hulk – keeping Cap not only safe, but on his feet.  What’s going on here? It’s tough to explain how the shield works, in part because it behaves differently under different circumstances. Sometimes the
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8:01 AM | Losing My Math
In playwright David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work Proof (later adapted into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal) there’s an exchange between a young mathematician and the daughter of his recently-deceased mentor. They’re at a party and discussing the use of amphetamines by older mathematicians: Hal: There’s this fear that your creativity peaks around […]
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8:01 AM | Losing My Math
In playwright David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work Proof (later adapted into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal) there’s an exchange between a young mathematician and the daughter of his recently-deceased mentor. They’re at a party and discussing the use of amphetamines by older mathematicians: Hal: There’s this fear that your creativity peaks around […]

April 12, 2014

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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 7 – 11, 2014 This week we say a sad but temporary ciao to Sally and a delighted ecco! to Craig Childs, and no, I don’t have a clue what he’s doing in that photograph. Sports programs measuring themselves by winning instead of by kick-ass players who also know how to lose are, says […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 7 – 11, 2014 This week we say a sad but temporary ciao to Sally and a delighted ecco! to Craig Childs, and no, I don’t have a clue what he’s doing in that photograph. Sports programs measuring themselves by winning instead of by kick-ass players who also know how to lose are, says […]

April 11, 2014

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11:36 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Lynsey Romo
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This post focuses on Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication.

April 10, 2014

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10:32 AM | Peer-to-peer science communication within the ivory tower
Science is built upon a system of peer-review and collaboration, and Universities are meant to be institutions of higher learning and knowledge exchange, yet you just don’t see Profs wandering into a colleague’s office to chat broadly about science and exchange knowledge. Instead, we nod to each other in the hallways, and when we do chat, it’s often to discuss administration, complain about how busy we are, or or chat with our own research group about a specialized area of... […]
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8:00 AM | Waiting for Peak Bloom
It was a long winter in North America.  The kind of winter where you think, well, that must have been the last snow storm, and then it snows three more times. It seemed like this might be the year when, Narnia-style, winter never ends. Here in Washington, we gauge spring by the cherry trees. The […]
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8:00 AM | Waiting for Peak Bloom
It was a long winter in North America.  The kind of winter where you think, well, that must have been the last snow storm, and then it snows three more times. It seemed like this might be the year when, Narnia-style, winter never ends. Here in Washington, we gauge spring by the cherry trees. The […]

April 09, 2014

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12:30 PM | Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD
A tweet from Chemjobber that Organic Process Research & Development editor Trevor Laird is retiring at the end of the year made me realize that I forgot to highlight OPRD’s annual “Safety of Chemical Processes” section at the end of last year. Making up for the omission: Laird’s editorial: “There is a long way to […]
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11:00 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Albena Ivanisevic
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts called This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes from

April 08, 2014

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8:00 AM | An Arctic Encounter
Traveling in the north country, the open-skied Arctic of North American, you can’t help thinking of the first people and their journey across the Bering Land Bridge to this side of the world. They would have arrived in what is now Alaska and the adjoining Yukon Territory. The landscape has not changed much in the […]
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8:00 AM | An Arctic Encounter
Traveling in the north country, the open-skied Arctic of North America, you can’t help thinking of the first people and their journey across the Bering Land Bridge to this side of the world. They would have arrived in what is now Alaska and the adjoining Yukon Territory. The landscape has not changed much in the […]
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6:46 AM | Do you make these three fall protection mistakes?
Fall protection rules can seem complicated because every situation is different. A roof that may be safe in one scenario needs a completely different approach in another. A lanyard that is good for the work you are performing today is unacceptable for the work you’re performing tomorrow. The rails that normally guard the [...]
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6:26 AM | Sanctuary fined $5,600 after keeper is killed by cougar
This is an unusual workplace fatality to be sure: An animal sanctuary keeper is killed by a cougar. But some of the errors that Oregon OSHA says the sanctuary made are ones that could be made at a number of workplaces. Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, the head keeper at WildCat Haven Sanctuary near Sherwood, OR, was [...]
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6:06 AM | 80% mistakenly believe this is a safe work practice
Bust any safety myths lately? New findings from a National Safety Council (NSC) poll point toward one misconception many of your workers probably have: The NSC says 80% of drivers incorrectly believe hands-free cell phones are safer to use when driving than hand-held ones. Some other results from the NSC poll: Of those who admitted using [...]
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5:48 AM | High Pressure Gas Cylinders Explode on Highway – Great opener for a HAZMAT Class
Related HAZMAT Training DVDs: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Video or DVD Program Aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter HAZMAT, & more. View Product DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness DVD Aimed at making employees more aware of security risks in which they may [...]

April 07, 2014

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7:00 PM | New person of LWON: Craig Childs
Today, we bid temporary adieu to Sally Adee, who is going on hiatus for a while. We are trying not to mourn, because she promises to return to LWON at a later date. In the meantime, it’s my pleasure to welcome Craig Childs as the newest person of LWON. I first met Craig backstage at a […]
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7:00 PM | New person of LWON: Craig Childs
Today, we bid temporary adieu to Sally Adee, who is going on hiatus for a while. We are trying not to mourn, because she promises to return to LWON at a later date. In the meantime, it’s my pleasure to welcome Craig Childs as the newest person of LWON. I first met Craig backstage at a […]
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5:36 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Edgar Lobaton
Editor’s note: This is the first entry in an ongoing series of posts called This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes
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5:19 PM | Mythbusting: gas-sniffing spiders are NOT invading our cars
Today the BBC reported on the giant recall from Mazda because of a "spider invasion" that is requiring a software update on over 40,000 cars. This is not a new story, but it's taking off today. I was particularly intrigued by the following statement on that website: "...The yellow sac spider is attracted to the smell of petrol". Ok, now I've heard it all. Don't get me wrong - I'm not surprised that spiders are finding their way into various... Read more
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2:13 PM | Coke Committed To PlantBottle Despite JBF Bio-based Ethylene Glycol Cancellation
Here’s something that wasn’t very well publicized: JBF Industries has cancelled its project to build a bio-based ethylene glycol plant in Brazil. The company, and Indian polyethylene terephthalate producer, disclosed that it was putting the project “on hold” as part of its earnings back in August. This is a far cry from the original announcement […]

April 05, 2014

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1:30 PM | The Last Word
March 31 – April 4, 2104 Richard:  ”But in a way, Kepler had beat him to it. By imagining the universe from the point of view of someone on the Moon, he’d discovered a new planet: Earth.” Guest Stephen Ornes:  ”The theorems, proofs, and equations of mathematics are Big Ideas distilled to their naked cores. […]
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1:30 PM | The Last Word
March 31 – April 4, 2104 Richard:  ”But in a way, Kepler had beat him to it. By imagining the universe from the point of view of someone on the Moon, he’d discovered a new planet: Earth.” Guest Stephen Ornes:  ”The theorems, proofs, and equations of mathematics are Big Ideas distilled to their naked cores. […]

April 04, 2014

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2:42 PM | Chemists Save King’s College Choir
The Newscripts gang had to carefully navigate the interwebs this week to find Amusing News Aliquots. That’s because plenty in the science and tech crowd posted April Fools’ stories–including one about a study that found scientists need to use more esoteric jargon when communicating with the public and another about how Google Fiber can also […]
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1:03 PM | How do insect macrophotographers see their subjects? Going left, right or straight ahead?
I spend a lot of time looking at photographs of insects, and have much admiration for the skill of the artists who take these images. However, I've always wondered whether these insect photographers are biased in how they view their subjects. When viewing insect photos, are the subjects heading right more often than left? How often do photographers take images of their subjects looking straight at them? This may seem like a ridiculous question - but there might be reasons... Read more

April 03, 2014

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4:49 PM | Amusing News Aliquots
Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Stray baby elephant wanders into living room, gets a snack. The Newscripts gang would like a baby elephant, please. [io9] Scientists at England’s University of Leicester have run the numbers and determined that Noah’s ark could have held 70,000 […]
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3:32 PM | Fake Meat as Cleantech Investment
The New York Times today has a fascinating feature about a new crop of businesses developing better-tasting meat substitutes. According to the Times, Demand for meat alternatives is growing, fueled by trends as varied as increased vegetarianism and concerns over the impact of industrial-scale animal husbandry on the environment. The trend has also attracted a […]

April 01, 2014

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9:38 PM | Momentive On The Verge Of Bankruptcy
Momentive Performance Materials is threatening bankruptcy. Moments ago the company filed an NT 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is what a company files when it can’t file its 10-K annual report on time. The company says  it is in negotiations with creditors and notes that a Chapter 11 filing is a strong […]
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