Category Archives: Science

[links] Electric Sand and Other Glories

Titan is covered with dunes and plains made of sand consisting of a range of organic molecules. Méndez speculated that the moon’s sand might readily become electrically charged, making its behavior significantly different from that of Earth sand. Méndez’s specialty … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Present: Sully

(Picture from here.) I saw the film Sully last night (Starring Tom Hanks. Directed by Clint Eastwood.) and found it both compelling and irritating. The directing was quite good and Tom Hanks’ performance was quite good. The film is about Chesley … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Nap Time

I set the stove timer for twenty minutes, which is much easier than fussing with the alarm clock. By the time I’ve taken five steps toward the great room, Gracie–who has been fast asleep all morning on one of the … Continue reading

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Unnatural Empathy

(Picture from here.) The eastern gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) and the Cope’s gray tree frog (H. chrysoscelis) are closely related. They look identical. Yet they only mate preferentially with each other. Why? You might ask. The Cope’s frog has … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Church, the Space Program, and Hidden Figures

Friendship 7

When I think about the space program, I think about the Episcopal Church. The small town where I grew up was founded by Quakers, though a more conservative branch of them than the ones associated with the American Friends Service … Continue reading

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Anamnesis

I often think of our brains as hypertext: certain smells, sights, bits of music, words, will trigger a cascade of memories or ideas. As I’m doing chores that require two hands so I can’t read, or while I’m walking the … Continue reading

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Evidenced Thinking and Writer Naivete

(Picture from here.) I haven’t been talking about science much lately. Heck, from the activity in my blog here, I haven’t been talking much about anything. To be frank, trying to fill this blog has, of late, been difficult. Not … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: The Were Chronicles

The origins of this series lie in my quintessential problem: I don’t write short stories, at least not easily or often or even willingly. But when I got wind of an upcoming anthology about Were-kind, with the specific fiat that … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Evolution

double helix

Toward the end of my last year in high school, my speech teacher gave us copies of a textbook the district was considering adopting. I only remember one thing about it: in the front was an errata page that said … Continue reading

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A Solar Experiment

It is done. The project I’ve been working on over the summer has been completed. That’s it to the side there. The dehydrator itself, the area where the fruits, vegetables, etc. are actually dried is the big box. The long … Continue reading

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