By Jeff Danner Jeff has worked in both the chemical and biotech industries and is the veteran of thousands of science debates at cocktail parties and holiday dinners across the nation. In his Common Science blog, Jeff aims to make technological and scientific concepts accessible to all.
  • Common Science Column Number 100

    March 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

    This is the 100th Common Science® column I have published on Chapelboro.com and I am taking a break in my series on food (two parts remain) to reflect on the science and technology conversation we have been having these last two years.   When I first discussed publishing Common Science® on Chapelboro with station CEO […]

  • Food Part IIIB: An Apple a Day Really Did Used to Keep the Doctor Away

    March 11, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Last week in Part IIIA of this series on food (here are the links to the previous columns Part I, Part II, and Part IIIA), I discussed two of the four biggest challenges in coming home from the grocery store with foods that supply all of our many dietary needs. This week I’ll cover the […]

  • Food Part IIIA: Wonder Bread is not Wonderful

    March 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

    This week in Part IIIA of my series on food (I had to split Part III  into two as the length was getting a bit out of hand), I’ll be discussing the challenges of maintaining a healthy diet in our current food culture in the U.S.  If you want to start at the beginning, here […]

  • Food Part II: The Science of the Stomach

    February 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    In the mid 1980s, when I was pursuing my degree, the discipline of Chemical Engineering felt itself to be a cross roads.  The perception at the time was that traditional jobs for chemical engineers involving the design and optimization of manufacturing facilities were going to fade away.  In an effort to try to remain viable, […]

  • Food Part I: Three Book Recommendations

    February 18, 2013 at 12:24 am

    “Try Organic Food, or as Our Grandparents Called it, Food” It should not surprise you that when I read, I primarily read non-fiction books, usually about science and/or history.  Recently I have read three books on various aspects of our food supply and farming systems that have taught me things I didn’t know and motivated […]

  • Dear God What is That Smell?

    February 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Let me start by relating a common occurrence in my home.  The scene begins with my son and me home alone.  Then my wife and daughter arrive, open the door, screw up their faces in looks of disgust and announce loudly, “Dear God what is that smell!?”  My son and I exchange looks of confusion.   […]

  • Bananas Will Never Grow in Barrow

    February 4, 2013 at 4:06 am

    It was not by chance that the first two Common Science columns I published when I started this blog in 2011 were about photosynthesis.  The capture of solar energy by plants is the foundation of the food chain and the ultimate source of nearly all of the earth’s energy.  Photosynthesis has also provided the oxygen […]

  • Perils of a Hyper Hygenic Existence

    January 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    A clear trend in U.S. society over the last several decades is a dedicated attempt to rid our world of “germs” through increased use of antibiotics in soaps, creams, sprays, and pills.  As time passes it is becoming clear that our quest for a completely hygienic world has some noteworthy downsides. For example, multiple studies […]

  • In Which I Reveal Myself to be a Luddite, at Least Partly

    January 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    “Hello my name is Jeff and I use hand tools . . . “   Long time readers will know that from time to time I write a column like this which is more personal than technical.  I have a confession to make.  For someone who makes a living in and also writes about technology, […]

  • Hemp, George Washington Grew It

    January 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

    With all of the critical economic and environmental challenges we face in the world and in North Carolina today, we no longer have the luxury of tolerating the foolish, inefficient and unnecessary ban of growing industrial hemp. Before everyone gets all excited, this is not a marijuana legalization column.  Hemp consists of a family of […]

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