Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for March, 2007

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS The March weather in California has taken a turn for the beautiful this afternoon, but to chemistry conference fans, the natural beauty of the great outdoors is no match for the beauty of the competitions inside the Chemical Arena. The crowds donned their safety goggles and souvenir nitrile gloves and…

Neither of the Free-Ride offspring considers leprechaun trapping a sport. That doesn’t mean, however, that they won’t try to catch a leprechaun. In view of all the springtime sports excitement (here, here, here, here, and here), the sprogs take this opportunity to consider how their athletic endeavors are actually scientific explorations.

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS It’s time for a quick run down of the teams from the Chemistry Conference who made it to the tournament this Spring — some who we fully expected to see here, and a few surprises. But it’s also time for you, the fans, to make some noise in support of…

Tuesday evening check-in.

There will be a real post again within a day or so. I’ve been doing stuff in the three-dimensional world. So you don’t feel left out:

… especially if you’ve just lost an hour to an unseasonably early Daylight Savings (can I blame the groundhog for this?), here are some attractive time sinks:

Chris at Mixing Memory points to research that suggests musical preferences provide a window to the personality. I haven’t seen the research yet but, at Chris’s prompting, I’ll throw myself into the ring as an experimental subject by listing 10 songs I like an awful lot*:

As promised at the end of my post on polar and non-polar molecules, here’s a basic concepts post on intermolecular forces. Intermolecular forces are the forces between molecules, whereas intramolecular forces are those within molecules. (The bonds that hold the atoms in a molecule together are intramolecular forces.)

There’s a rumor* that, when he’s in his cups, PZ Myers sounds like an overeducated — some might say Shakespearian — pirate. Therefore, in honor of his birthday, I offer this sonnet:

What list of basic concepts would be complete without a primer on polar and non-polar molecules? You’ll recall that chemists live in a world made up of atoms and various assemblies and modifications thereof, which are, in turn, made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons (which have positive charge and some mass) and neutrons…

At least in these parts, the March kindergarten homework packet is very leprechaun-centric. This raises some obvious questions about the status of leprechauns. Are they actual entities? Are they mythical? And how’s a curious kid to decide?