Gardening Experiment with Cucumbers

This year we planted cucumbers from hanging baskets as well as the traditional ground cover.  The photograph on the top left shows the cucumber plant with vegetables growing in the traditional horizontal orientation.  The photo on the top right shows

Mars Attacks

I received this email about Mars (see below) from someone close to me… while its appeared to be spectacular, I questioned its authenticity.  Thus, I did a little research using sites such as NASA and UrbanLegends…  As you could probably guess,

Everything in Moderation

When I graduated from college (many years ago), I used to seek out medical knowledge in arcane places such as the New England Journal of Medicine.  For those of you not aware, the NEJM is one of the most respected

New Apple Electronic Device

Apple Computer announced today that it has developed a computer chip that can store and play high fidelity music in women’s breast implants. The iTit will cost $499 or $599 depending on speaker size. This is considered to be a

Interesting Facts About Einstein

The Neatorama site has an interesting article covering “10 Strange Facts about Albert Einstein”.  For example, did you know that Einstein failed his entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Polytechnical College?… or did you know that Einstein was a ladies

Newton Mixed Science & Religion

If you missed it, there was an interesting story of science and religion in the USA Today… Evidently, someone discovered 300 year-old manuscripts from Isaac Newton where he calculated the exact date of the apocalypse, detailed the precise dimensions of

Very Light Jets

There are a new breed of smaller, cheaper jets, powered by compact, superlight engines that could transform the face of aviation. These are planes from companies with names such as Eclipse, Adam, etc.  They typically carry three to four passengers (in addition

Alternative Energy Production

In life, there is the simple belief that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”  In science and engineering, there is a law that nothing comes for free.  This is known as the conservation of energy — you

Wireless Electricity?

An interesting technical project at MIT… they appear to have discovered a way to provide electricity without wires.  Details about WiTricity, or wireless electricity, are scheduled to be reported today in Science Express, the advance online publication of the journal Science.

Arecibo Telescope to be Shutdown?

I have visited the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico twice in the last six years.  This is the world’s largest radio telescope, which was featured in the movies “Contact” and “James Bond”…  According to a recent study, Engineers will travel