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End of Greenanswers.com Internship! All-time most ridiculous questions.

While doing this internship with Greenanswers.com, I’ve come across many, many questions that I find to be quite ridiculous. Sometimes, it made me wonder what kinds of people are posting questions on this website, and if they ever received any basic understanding of science from their schooling. I don’t mean to be offensive by saying this, but it just boggles my mind that there is… Read More

Water in a slingshot

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No, not in a balloon in a slingshot. Just in a slingshot. Creator of the Segway, Dean Kamen, has come up with a device that can purify water and he calls it the Slingshot. This CNN article goes into detail about the inventor and the invention. The small machine takes up the space of a typical sized drinking water fountain. Check out the images on… Read More

The wikiquest for innovation: Part 2

Some more interesting quotes from the book Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams: “We must encourage innovation without eroding the vitality of the scientific and cultural commons. We need an incentive system that rewards inventors and knowledge producers and encourages dissemination of their output.” Pg. 240 “The culture of generosity is the very backbone of the Internet.” Pg. 274 “Innovation is less about… Read More

Trash Building

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Dan Phillips builds houses…out of recycled or discarded materials. This New York Times article profiles Phillips and talks about his work. He uses things like picture frame corners that he got from a frame shop who was getting rid of samples and small pieces of wood that are leftover from the ends of boards that other construction companies discard. Phillips tries to sell all of… Read More

Molecular gastronomy…is not your typical food science

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Also an article in the book The Best American Science Writing 2007 is a piece called “Cooking for Eggheads” by Patricia Gadsby on molecular gastronomy, which is the study of the physical and chemical processes that go into cooking food. It is interesting to think about this field of science and compare it to what nutritionists do. Nutritionists try to break food down into their… Read More

Detecting lies in the 21st century

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I am currently reading the book The Best American Science Writing 2007, and in it was an article about lie detecting by Robin Marantz Henig entitled Looking for the lie that was published in the New York Times Magazine. (Just so you know, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that polygraphs can detect lies at very high accuracy.) Towards the end of her piece,… Read More