Category Archives: science!

Over-Squeezing Leads to Bitterness

While reading blogs to avoid some odious task find ways to make my life better, I discovered this potentially life-changing bit of life hackery: Stop Trying to Squeeze Out All the Lime Juice. Over-Squeezing Leads to Bitterness. Well, smack my gob, I've been doing it all wrong: exacerbating my juice extraction, wringing out my rickies, mangling my margaritas,…
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Don’t Fear the Pies of March, it’s Pi Day Again

I've been calling the ascendancy of pie over cupcakes for years, and whether you're with me on that or not, you'll have to grant pie its moment in the limelight today, pi day. In the US reckoning of dates, it's 3/14/15 today, and those who are way way into it will no doubt be digging into…
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Marketing New Years Resolutions: Don’t Be So Sure

This one's really for everybody, not just marketers, but I think that marketers are in an unusually good position to make good on it, if we choose to. I resolve to acknowledge uncertainty, and to remedy it with experimental data. In a field full of (largely self-proclaimed) experts, keystones, linchpins, growth hackers, gurus, rockstars, wizards…
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Fun-sized statistics that melt in your mouth

I'm told that there are treatments available for those of us who are compelled like to count and sort our candy by color before eating it. I can stop any time I want, of course, but today's fun-sized pack of M&Ms gave me pause. No yellow. There's a yellow guy on the package, but he's…
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Perigee

This weekend the moon was full and in perigee and therefore appeared bigger and brighter than usual, a so-called supermoon. Perigee is the point at which the earth is closest to some object that orbits it in an elliptical path. Apogee is the point of greatest distance between the Earth and a satellite. For stuff orbiting…
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Second Little Pig: Vindicated

Since the googles said it was faster to walk from the Innovation District to South Station than to take the Silver line, that's what I did. It was hot and humid but I'm glad I did because otherwise I would not have passed by BSAspace and dropped in for some AC. And had I not done that,…
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Happy pi approximation day

Today, July 22, or 22/7 as the Eurostyle daters would have it, is pi approximation day. Why? Because 22/7 = 3.1428... which is a an approximation of pi, one that's a bit bigger and a lot less irrational than the real pi. If this shakes your faith in religion or something, you can refer to this song…
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Space Duck Mother Mother

Ordinarily I would not post twice in a week about giant ducks, but this has been no ordinary week, gentle readers. As you are no doubt aware, the European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta is heading for a rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Recent advance imaging of said comet looks like this: Source Do you see what I…
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Duck on the water, fire in the sky

This week in giant ducks, we have Energy Duck, a project proposed for Copenhagen's harbor by a team of London artists. Energy Duck isn't just a glass and steel foil to my house fave, Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck, it's a collector and accumulator of solar energy. You just can't make this stuff up. When stored…
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Invisible Manhattanhenge

They say it's best to observe the 'henge from as far East as you can get on a wide street that has a clear shot through to the Hudson river. I don't really relish standing in the middle of such a street to get a shot, so I chose 72nd street at Central Park West, where I could stand just inside the park and get a clear shot down 72nd at least to Riverside Park.

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Welding wood

Last year I wrote a couple of posts about my various infatuations with various wood products, many in conjunction with various electronics products made of metal. The estimable yobyot commented, "Seriously, though, isn’t the juxtaposition of cedar on aluminum a little too jarring?" I should probably also note that Greg commented, "Oh dear! You HAVE…
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Proof of concept: catnip-filled toxoplasma gondii cat toy

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Toxoplasma gondii tachy, via Wikipedia[/caption] There is no shortage of cat toys that are in questionable taste, but the one I was looking for - a soft, catnip-filled replica of the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis - was nowhere to be found. If you haven't heard, this parasite, toxoplasma gondii, invades the brains…
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