Archives for February, 2011

Source: Flickr user ppjumpping I’ve been a fan of Natalie Portman since she was 12 years old, performing in an extraordinary, compelling film, “The Professional (1994).” In addition to being an Academy Award winning best actress, she’s also a co-author on a Journal of Chemical Education article. Yes, even chemists can take on Hollywood.

How a Snail Can Bridge Science and Religion

Hexaplex trunculus Linnaeus, 1758 Please allow me to clear something up right away: I loathe to mention science and religion in the same breath. But this story is sufficiently compelling to evoke such blaspheme. How can a humble snail bridge the gap?

Source: “Girls As Inventors,” The Huffington Post on the MIT Media Lifelong Kindergarten Group. While science and technology may be complex and daunting, one thing is quite clear: we need more women to drive innovation and to provide different insights and perspectives compared to men. Tomorrow, March 1st at 11 am EST, The Dow Chemical…

Source: Chris McKay/ Getty Images My goodness. So much to do over a young pop star’s new haircut, when the focus should be on 1) his music and connection to a broad audience {see my concert review here, a shared experience with my young daughter,} and 2) his public advocacy for the dangers of texting…

Killer Texting

Source. Lily Goldsmith from Valencia CC. My posting, “Texting As Killer, As Savior” generated strong interest and I wanted to share some more compelling graphic designs from Dr. Robin Landa’s Wiley Student Advertising Design Challenge, “Texting and Driving Don’t Mix.” Which one do you think conveys the message most clearly?

Texting As Killer, As Savior

Source. Second place winning design, from Kayla Rivera at Valencia CC, Wiley Student Advertising Design Challenge: Texting & Driving Don’t Mix Any driver knows the dangers of texting. Yet this practice has become commonplace. Dr. Robin Landa recently challenged students to design an ad campaign about the dangers of texting and driving; the design above…

Ultimate Downsizing: A $200 Lilliputian House

Source. There is a great need for innovation that can maximize how we use resources. Imagine this challenge – design and build a home using recycled or re-purposed materials – with a budget cap of $200. Derek Diedricksen from Massachusetts accomplished this not only under budget, but with some charm. Sorry – no garage or…

Bedazzled Neurons

Anyone with a young daughter knows about “bedazzled.” When I first saw these images of intact, single neurons capable of generating electrical signals, “bedazzled” came to mind.

Source. Media mogul Arianna Huffington was posed a provocative question: What if you ruled the world? Her answer will likely surprise you. Read on if you dare.

Source. Anyone working to benefit human rights knows the challenge of public outreach and community engagement. I have been working with the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition for more than two years and we have made excellent progress in engaging scientists and scientific societies to learn how they can contribute their skills towards human…