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.
  • Hurricanes Part II: Storm Surge

    June 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

    A category five hurricane can release up to 200 exajoules of energy per day, which is approximately 70 times greater than humanity’s global daily energy use.

  • Hurricanes Part I: Hurricane Barry

    June 3, 2013 at 12:54 am

    This week marks the beginning of hurricane season in the northern Atlantic, which lasts until November 30th.

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    May 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    From time to time I step back from the sciences and write a more personal column like this one. Lately I have been thinking of some of the key mentors in my life, the impact they have had on me as well as some of their most memorable lessons and quotes. It may surprise you […]

  • Ten Things You Should Know About CO2 Topping 400PPM

    May 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Last week scientists in Mauna Loa, Hawaii announced that the level of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere has reached a troubling milestone.

  • Cougars in Chapel Hill in 2035?

    May 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    You may recall some excitement in Chapel Hill in December of 2008 when there was a reported cougar sighting near the UNC golf course.

  • Lucky 13 Bike Crew

    Boy Scouts Bike Across US For Cancer Research

    May 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    On June 10th, ten local teens and two adult leaders from Troop 845 are headed across the U.S. again, 3700 miles from the Chesapeake Bay to the Pacific.

  • Depleted Uranium

    May 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I recently heard a story which estimated the cost of cleaning up depleted uranium weapons in Iraq at around 30-45 million dollars.

  • Advice for Opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline

    April 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

    The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news, with supporters touting its benefits for economic growth and with opponents changing their focus from its impact on global warming

  • Want to Grow the Local Economy? Hire More Engineers.

    April 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    The foundation of value creation in the economy is the conversion of raw materials into finished goods. Therefore, in order for North Carolina to have a strong and sustainable economy, we need to rebuild and revamp our manufacturing base. One of the best ways make progress on this front would be to convince/encourage/incentivize our local […]

  • National Helium Shortage

    April 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

    “Due to a National Helium Shortage We Are Not Able to Provide Harry the Dragon Balloons” – Sign at Chapel Hill North Harris Teeter Customer Service If you have been reading my columns for a while you may have noticed that in addition to reviewing the science behind the topic for the week, I am […]

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