Tuesday, December 29, 2009
It's hard to think about freezing insects when I'm on a beach
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Pomegranates used to be tiny fruits, but have been bred to become the size of a small grapefruit. If you've never eaten one, and you have no idea what to do when you open up the seedy fruit, try this: use a sharp knife to slice open the fruit. I usually cut across the middle like you would when opening an orange. Use your fingers to pry the rest of the fruit from the membrane, then separate the seeds. You can pop the seeds into your mouth, and squeeeze out the juice. I swallow the seeds, but my kids used to spit them out. The juice is very good for you.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I really meant to post this last week, but somehow with the sun and the sand I forgot to put this on the blog. I did, however, buy candles and light them every night. And yes, did make latkas with poke on the side
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Killer cookies: To resist temptation, exaggerate the threat
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Formula to detect an author’s literary ‘fingerprint’
ScienceDaily (2009-12-10) -- Using literature written by Thomas Hardy, DH Lawrence and Herman Melville, physicists in Sweden have developed a formula to detect different authors’ literary ‘fingerprints’. ... > read full article
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Ventriloquist birds call to warn friends and enemies
Monday, December 7, 2009
'Killer petunias' should join the ranks of carnivorous plants, scientists propose
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Kids eat less junk food when middle schools stop providing it
Friday, December 4, 2009
Hawaiian hot spot has deep roots
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
1 I'm an adult
2. I"m Jewish
I would put this really cool camera on my list. If any family member is reading this- there's a plant camera that captures the growth of plants over time. This really appeals to the geek in me.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Rare woodland plant uses 'cryptic coloration' to hide from predators
Tough yet stiff, deer antler is materials scientist's dream
Saturday, November 28, 2009
YouTube - Aliens Vs. Coffee machine - Amazing Sci-Fi Animation
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
YouTube - Victor Borge, Meet The Muppets
YouTube - The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Ants use bacteria to make their gardens grow
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Amazing card trick. [VIDEO]
New wound dressing, full of antibiotics, dissolves when wound has healed
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
YouTube - This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Air Canada, the Board Game
YouTube - This Hour Has 22 Minutes - Public Health
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Telling An Old Book By Its Smell: Aroma Hints At Ways Of Preserving Treasured Documents
Bubbling Ball Of Gas: SUNRISE Telescope Delivers Spectacular Pictures Of Sun's Surface
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Leslie and I have just finished writing a book on Plants. It's a short book filled with great information, but because it is a short book, we could not put in all the interesting information that we found. Something we were really would have loved to have gone into more detail about was the disappearance of certain kinds of fruits and vegetables. With all the genetically modified foods on the market, it's so nice to see a food that has not been changed. I bet these apples taste amazing!
And for those people who live in Vancouver, support the UBC farm!
Now isn't that interesting! It's like a sci-fi movie. So.... what body part would you like to be able to re-grow? Personally, I'd like to trade in my 50 something body for the shape I had when I was 23.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A Solution To Darwin's 'Mystery Of The Mysteries' Emerges From The Dark Matter Of The Genome
Monday, October 26, 2009
There are green things in my fridge. Sometimes they should be green. Sometimes ought not to be a glowing, oozing color. But how to tell and believe me, tasting is not an option. This is a great web site that will help you decide if something should be tossed, or recycled or put in the compost. When in doubt, throw it away. Do not feed it to your dog or cat, because if it makes you sick, it will also make them sick. And vet bills are sometimes way higher than doctor bills.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR TO TRY THIS ACTIVITY. FIND A MAPLE TREE SEED AND GIVE IT A SPIN. WATCH AS IT FLIES AWAY.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
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guess we will now have to update all the books we have written about magnetism. sigh.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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we wrote about this is our book, Icky, Sticky etc.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Grunting fish tell of the origins of human speech - life - 18 July 2008 - New Scientist#atssh-blogger%2Cemail
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grunting fish? that's that's interesting.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Flight of the bumblebee explained
The Vancouver Sun
01 Oct 2009
OXFORD, England — Scientists armed with modern software and high-tech cameras say they have created a computer model that shows how bumblebees manage to appear to defy the laws of aerodynamics. A team of scientists from England and Australia used...read more...
It's nice to play tourist in your own city. In Vancouver there's a very strange bakery that makes giant hollow desserts, that taste flakey with an undertone of orange. You have to see these things being made! The dough is rolled onto special forms and rotated on a spit-like contraption.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
High-heels Linked To Heel And Ankle Pain
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
How To Spell B-Y-U With DNA
ScienceDaily (2009-09-16) -- DNA origami just got a new "twist" from Brigham Young University researchers who use DNA strands of customized length to spell "BYU." The advance puts them one critical step closer to building nanoscale electronic circuits. ... > read full article
Thursday, September 17, 2009
If you were to ask a student at MIT, they would know that a SMOOT is equal to 5 feet, 7 inches, which is the exact height of a student named Oliver Smoot- class of 1962.
Smoot, after finishing his courses at the prestigious university went on to become the chairman of the American National Standards Inst.
If you use the Google Calculator and type in a measurement in feet and ask it to convert this to Smoots, it will give you an answer. For example 10 feet is equal to 1.79104478 Smoots.
The members of a fraternity decided to measure a bridge and used Oliver Smoot because he was short and also had a cool name. They laid Smoot down and drew a line to mark where his head was. They did this over and over again until they had measured the distance across the bridge. The fraternity has painted the markings each year to commemorate the "smoot".
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Scary Music Is Scarier With Your Eyes Shut
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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My printer is once again, out of ink. How it sucks up so much ink is really a mystery as I think that I bought a new cartridge a few weeks ago. So this article on ink made me think about colors and printing.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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This is really my idea of a good time!
Who says university papers have to be dull?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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This is interesting. You have to wonder why someone would care enough to test if cats are left or right pawed.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Watching Science in Action on Mars This view of a rock called "Block Island," the largest meteorite yet found on Mars, comes from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Credit: NASA/JPL – Universe Today
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I have posted a link to an article from New Scientist about people who get paid to test treatments or drugs. It's not a good thing and I can't be any more clear on this subject. Don't Do It! So why did I do it? I didn't take drugs, didn't have any injections, didn't have any surgery and the worst thing was a shock to my tush.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
For the next week I will be fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands and staying at the wonderful Samson Fishing Lodge. I'm very much into the "catch and release" idea of fishing so I doubt that any fish will have to die for my eating pleasure. Another way of looking at this is- I'm not very good at fishing.
These are photos from the last trip. The coolest thing were the jelly fish, one of who returned with me and donated its body to science. The image of thie jelly is in the 3-D book- Weird Animals.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Giant Toucan Bills Help Birds Keep Their CoolMatt Kaplan
for National Geographic News
July 23, 2009
Good for more than sniffing out Froot Loops, the toucan's big bill also helps the bird dump heat when its body gets too warm, a new study says.
The discovery may even lead to clues to how some dinosaurs did the same.
Birds Can Dance, Experts (and Zany Videos) Reveal
For over a century biologists have puzzled over why toucans have such monstrous and colorful bills. Darwin theorized that they attracted mates. Others have suggested the bills are fruit peelers, territorial weapons, and visual warnings to predators.
Glenn Tattersall at Brock University in Canada and a team of colleagues wondered if perhaps the beak served an altogether different purpose.
Like any warm-blooded animal, the toucan has to release excess body heat—humans do it in part by sweating; dogs by panting.
The researchers figured that the "large uninsulated appendage," with its extensive network of blood vessels close to the surface, "might be an important tool for helping toucans cool off," Tattersall said.
To find out, the team regularly photographed captive toucans with infrared cameras, which display warm areas as bright and cool regions as dark.
In hot conditions, the toucans' bills appeared to glow with radiated heat as warm blood flooded them. At cooler temperatures, the bills would go dark—blood flow to the bills had effectively stopped.
It's unclear whether many other bird species use their bills to shed heat, said study co-author Denis Andrade of São Paulo State University in Brazil.
Ducks and geese "seem to be able to do the same thing, although not to the same extent as toucans," he said.
Previous studies have also suggested that some dinosaurs were blessed with similar natural radiators on their bodies.
Debate has been ongoing about the function of Triceratops' head frills (Triceratops pictures) and Stegosaurus' plates (Stegosaurus picture), for example, with some experts suggesting uses as varied as cooling, defense, courtship displays, or even interspecies ID.
(Related: "Stegosaur Plates Used for ID, Not Defense, Study Says.")
To strengthen the case for frills and plates as cooling mechanisms, researchers would need to prove that these dinosaurs could control blood flow to their bony ornaments, study leader Tattersall said—something top paleontologists have tried and, so far, been unable to do.
Paleontologist Kevin Padian at the University of California, Berkeley, agreed, adding that "most accessory [temperature control] by vertebrates, from lizards to elephants, is behavioral: The antelope turns towards or away from the sun to thermoregulate, just as we do.
But "without being able to observe directly those extinct dinosaurs, we can't assess how they might have used their regular bodies, let alone their bizarre structures, for thermoregulation."
Findings to be published tomorrow in the journal Science.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Jello (tm) and Twinkies (tm) have the same amount of sugar. Go figure. These images are from SugarStacks.com. I urge everyone to read this web site if only to understand how much sugars are hidden in foods. One of the tricks that food producers use is to label "sugars" under different names, so you don't think there is that much inside the product. Stick with healthy snacks like carrots, whole fresh fruits, berries, and unflavored water. For a treat, slice lemon or cucumber into a pitcher of water and leave it in the fridge. The lemon and cukes give the water an amazing flavor and don't add any sugar or calories to your diet.
Kids (and adults, too), check out this web site- www.sugarstacks.com
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
If you are ever in Kelowna, BC, Canada, drop by the Carmeli Goat Farm. They make the most amazing Goat Cheese products and spectacular goat's milk gelato. There's nothing quite like this place anywhere and the most interesting part of this farm is the story of how an Israeli family ended up in the middle of nowhere in British Columbia. Their history will blow you away and inspire you.
I can't tell you the name of the procedure or the machine, or anything else, but it was interesting in a blogging sort of way.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This blog is not for kids. Adult content follows. Parental permission required to read this posting.
The book jacket featured on this blog belongs to one of the funniest ideas I've seen in ages. Last week I had lunch with two amazing writers: Joan Stuchner and Cynthia Nugent, winners of this year's Chocolate Lily. Look for their book, Honey Cake, as it is remarkable. Anyways, during lunch Joan said she was intersted in the story of Christian relics. A relic is a bit of bone from a Saint that various churches have in their collection. Joan said that there was a tiny church in Italy that claimed to have the foreskin of Jesus from his circumcision. This caused us to laugh so long and hard that the other people in the restaurant gave us dirty looks.
So check out this book when it is out.
In the interests of science, I have signed myself up to be a human guinea pig for a new medical procedure. I don't want to reveal too much about this, but it is safe to say that the whole process will be interesting.... and apparently painful beyond belief. I can't post pictures, but I will keep you up to date with the test results. Without saying too much, it is the same treament that Madonna has done in Switzerland at a significant cost, but mine is free because it is the clinical trial in Canada.
So over the next 7 weeks look for updates as I become a hands-on science experiment. Thanks to Dr. Gerry Boey.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Kids, have you ever had a really bad day? No, make that a really bad week? The kind of week that you want to go to your room, crawl into bed and stay there until you are old enough to drive? You know- you had a fight with your best friend. You forgot your homework and got a detention, your dog growled at you and your mom made you do dishes and not go to the mall. That kind of day and week.
Well, adults have those kinds of weeks, too, except we are old enough to drive and we still have to do all our work. It certainly had been one of those weeks, when suddenly, everything changed.
Our new book arrived on our doorsteps and it was pretty good. One of my books won 3 awards. A wonderful publisher offered us a contract for a book. Someone wanted to print a chapter from one of our books and use it for an exam. (Can't tell you which chapter, but you should bone up on our First Science Books if you are in the Southern United States). I had the best lunch with two of my friends who are brilliant writers who told me not to feel bad about not being wanted. And I found shoes on sale.
The lesson is this: life may sometimes suck big time, but then it gets better and forget whatever was wrong.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Mother sperm whales like to eat squid that live deep in the ocean, too deep a dive to take along their kids. Scientists in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, have discovered that these kinds of whales form a babysitting co-op. The moms gather in a circle and watch over each other's calves. The moms not only babysit, but they also feed other calves protecting them from Killer Whales and other predators until their mother returns.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
RE: "It's far too soon to terminate books" Ceri Radford, Page -A17, June 11, 2009
Ceri Radford's article, "It's far too soon to terminate books" (Page -A17, June 11, 2009), was in the same self-righteous tone as those prognosticators in the early 1900's who said that cars would never replace horses, or who claimed that if man was meant to fly, God would have given him wings.
Wake up. Already some of the major North American publishers at Book Expo America (BEA) seem to be abandoning books in print form. At the annual show last week in New York, I was given large format postcards at the Harper Collins booth. Each card had the image of a book cover, and on the back was the book identification number (ISBN), information about the book, the author, the publication date, and a free download of the book when I went to the publisher's web site and put in the 16 digit PIN number. The book was then downloaded into my computer, in my choice of formatting, and I had access to their new front list of books. Next year at BEA the majority of publishers say they will be giving out their new releases in this manner.
Why is this good thing? Frankly, digital books are better for the environment. Let's start with how a book is made. Trees are cut down; they are then turned into paper pulp, which means chemicals are spilled into our waterways killing fish. The pulp is turned into paper, shipped off on trucks, processed, printed and shipped off again to a warehouse, which then sends off the books. There is a very large carbon footprint in this process, while downloading a book into a computer requires no gas, little energy and no pollution. There is never extra stock to be warehoused, and there is no waste. Publishers who are worried about their profits love digital books because, let's face it, they cost very little to produce., nothing to ship or store, and there are no returns.
As for school books, I hate to agree with Governor Schwarzenegger, but he is right. California ought to move its science and math textbooks to digital books. Yes, it is going to save the state an estimated 30 million dollars, but that's missing the bigger picture. Science changes every day but science texts are only updated maybe every 15 years. Having the latest information available to students will mean that children aren't learning old and outdated science. In BC, one of the grade 9 science texts is available on a CD, while the grade 10 science text is available on line. The only thing stopping teachers here from using these texts is the lack of computers in each classroom.
So will digital readers supplant paper? Yes. For those of us who like to read in bed without waking the person next to us, a backlit Kindle is great. I don't have to wear my glasses because I can make the font bigger. It always remembers what page I'm on. It weighs less than the 10 books I take along on holidays.
As an author of children's books, I think that digital books will be good for my work. I can create an app and people can purchase my books that are out of print directly from me.
NOTE- If you want to see the books that HCI offered at BEA, go to the website:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Perhaps it's not such a bad thing afterall.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
"Excessive Gaming Associated With Poor Sleep Hygiene And Increased Sleepiness
ScienceDaily (June 8, 2009) — Computer/console gamers who play for more than seven hours a week and who identify their gaming as an addiction sleep less during the weekdays and experience greater sleepiness than casual or non-gamers, according to a research abstract that will be presented on Monday, June 8 at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies
Results of the study indicate that excessive gamers have significantly poorer sleep hygiene and sleep less on weekdays than other gamers; a significant positive correlation was found between the hours of game play and sleepiness. Gamers who reported that their gaming interfered with sleep slept for 1.6 hours less than other gamers, while those who claimed to be addicted to gaming slept one hour less on weekdays".
So there it is everyone, turn off the games and go to bed. Scientists had to study this to figure it out. Honestly!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Close up of Dali painting
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This is where I spent a week in Kauai. For those of you who know me well, and know that I am not a camper, you might appreciate how much I really wanted to receive this wonderful fellowship. Did I mention the bugs that invaded the kitchen when food was left on the counter and in the sink? The gecko liked the downstairs shower and joined any bather during the evening. The lichee tree had fruit too high to reach, and the pigs were too quick to catch.