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The Exotic Midwest

While some dismiss the Midwest as “flyover states” and locals decry a brain drain that admittedly I am part of, non-human species seem to be arriving in the area in droves. Here’s a pictorial tour of some of the exotic species that have recently settled in the area. The yellow flower in the middle ground…

Gas prices keep going up, and don’t kid yourself that they’re going to go down again anytime soon either (enjoy those profits, ExxonMobil shareholders…). Some places in the US are looking down the road at $5/gallon, and of course Europeans have been paying vastly more than that for years. The news is rife with stories…

Some longtime readers may know I’m enormously frustrated at the corporatization of engineering, and think that if engineers say they solve problems then there are some enormous problems of housing, lack of clean water, and energy use in impoverished communities across the globe that need solving and we engineers as a profession should get cracking…

Silence of the Bees

You may have heard that honeybees in this country are dying off. You may know that scientists have called this epidemic “CCD,” or colony collapse disorder, where honeybees seem to lose the ability to find the hive again, and disappear forever. Scientists think CCD may be caused by a virus, or a combination of other…

This is another excerpt from our travel journal to Isle Royale. The first day is here. Photos by me, text by my husband.

I’m sitting in panels and sessions at this great conference on Engineering, Social Justice and Peace which is the 7th annual conference of this kind. Here are only some of the snippets of what I’ve been seeing and hearing:

Earth Hour 2008

For Earth Hour, I had hoped we’d get a chance for a walk in the gloaming, but the day got away from us. My husband was just getting back from his run (alone) and I was just getting dinner started at 8 pm our time. We lit candles as it got too dark to see,…

Earth Hour and Scientiae

Remember tonight is Earth Hour to highlight our increasing global warming crisis. Join millions of other people in turning off your lights for an hour starting at 8 pm in your time zone. Here on the western edge of the Eastern Time zone, it’s still light at 8. So my husband and I might go…

Rockstars to academics

Guess who we’ve been invited to have dinner with on Tuesday night? Think super famous American scientist who the administration tried to muzzle… The answer below the fold… tee hee!

Which hybrid should I get?

I’m saying a sad goodbye to my trustworthy vehicle of 7 years that has been declared a total loss after a traffic accident last week. But, I’m excited about the prospect of buying a new car this weekend. We’ve decided to get a hybrid. I spend too much of my commute stuck in traffic, and…