Category Archives: Fun Science
Everyone knows Florence Nightingale as a dedicated and courageous caregiver, the founder of modern nursing. But she was also quite a good statistician. In 1850’s, while she served at the British military hospitals in Turkey, she instituted rigorous data collection and analysis for medical records. She collected … Continue reading
As #blizzard2016 passes over #Chicago, the #EastCoast seen in distance clearly has a long way to go. #YearInSpacepic.twitter.com/qMrkTXo9ie — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 23, 2016
Residents in the Boston-Cambridge area can take some small comfort in the fact that this winter has in fact broken the record for most snowfall in a season. “Superbowls, World Series’, Stanley Cups, and snowfall records,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh tweeted. “We are truly … Continue reading
Today’s 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three pioneers in the area of super-resolution imaging: Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and W. E. Moerner. Super-resolution imaging is a set of techniques that allows light microscopes to detect incredibly small … Continue reading
The loud crickets chirping in unison tonight reminded me of A. E. Dolbear’s observation that crickets can tell you the current temperature. According to his classic 1881 communication: T = 50 + (N-40)/4 where N is the number of field cricket chirps per … Continue reading
Awesome video from a small drone that was apparently unharmed by the experience.
As reported by Mike Krapfl-Iowa State at Futurity.org, scientists have been constructing high-tech apparatus for conducting plant research using LEGO bricks: Ludovico Cademartiri, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, was looking for something modular, scalable, and structurally precise. … Continue reading
For those of a certain age and mindset, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a cultural icon. Here is a great recap of its history from Wired Magazine.
As Winter turned to Spring here in Eastern Massachusetts, tonight’s sky was spectacular (the image above is a fairly good approximation). At about 9 o’clock facing West, there was an amazing view of Orion looming in the middle of the sky, … Continue reading