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- Curses! Environmental Stress Crackingon Sep 6, 2016We've had a lot of aphids attacking plants in our garden this year. My usual approach is to use an insecticidal soap that I make by diluting down from a concentrate. "Normal" soap is the sodium salt of a fatty acid, while an insecticidal soap is just...
- A cool new fabricon Sep 2, 2016 in polyethyleneThe tale of The Emperor's New Clothes is as much about marketing hype as it is about keeping up pretenses in a social setting. The hype over "smart clothing" is just that, but a new report (open access!) from Stanford researchers about a radiative-tr...
- You can't get there from hereon Sep 1, 2016 in teachingBeing on a new campus this fall means getting lost. Finding the right building is the easy part. Finding a staircase in the building is also fairly simple. But the real challenge is deciding if it is the correct staircase.The building that I my offic...
- Slide Rule Giggleson Aug 30, 2016I've always loved slide rules. As soon as I learned in 8th grade about logarithms and how they formed the basis for a slide rule, I was hooked. Just like 2 rulers can be used to do addition and subtraction, so can 2 rulers, logarithmically scaled, be...
- Theology, Rheology and some freaky strange search resultson Aug 24, 2016 in rheologyDan Lowry (@DrFriction) tweeted last night "Whenever life seems devoid of meaning or humor, just do a web search on 'theological properties'" (referring to the fact that spellcheckers typically attempt to change "rheological" into "theological"). So...
- Polyiodideon Aug 23, 2016 in researchThe number of elements that are capable of forming a polymer just by themselves and without the assistance of other elements is very small. A large part of this is due to most of the periodic table being made of metals, elements that not capable of f...
- The plastics revolution: we already had it
- Trash Talking Translational Researchon Aug 18, 2016 in researchA new editorial (open access and less than a page long) in ACS Chemical Neuroscience takes a few swings at all the emphasis being placed on translational research and proposes that more of it should go back into basic research, particularly in synthe...
- Is there a retraction ahead for the microplastics and fish larvae research?
- Behold the lowly syllabus...on Aug 15, 2016 in educationOne of the unexpected surprises of starting a teaching career is the syllabus. I don't remember much detail about how they were when I was in school some 30+ years ago, although I know that they would have office hours, exam dates, how grades were de...