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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.
  • Is Your Cell Phone Trying to Kill You

    June 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) listed cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. You may be more disposed to listen to an important international health organization than your favorite Local Buzz science blogger, but I strongly suspect they are wrong. There have been multiple studies on this topic over the years and most studies have […]

  • Petroleum: 300 Million Years of Sunlight

    June 1, 2011 at 1:59 am

    This is part IV of my series on Petroleum. To start at the beginning read, Nothing Matters More Than Oil, Nothing, Photosynthesis Part I: Oxygen Gets All the Press, and Photosynthesis Part II: Glucose Needs a New Agent. If you want to understand all of the issues, economic, political, and scientific about oil then you have to […]

  • Shelter from the Storm

    May 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    This question to Common Science was submitted by Boykin Bell of Chapel Hill.   “It’s the bottom of the first inning.  Rain is falling steady, a little thunder.  Kids are holding metal bats and standing in the wide open baseball diamond.  Lightning flashes once, twice, and then the rain is heavy enough that the bats […]

  • Photosynthesis Part II: Glucose Needs a New Agent

    May 16, 2011 at 2:43 am

    This is part III of a series on oil I am writing.  It’s going to take a little while to get to the price of a gallon of gas, but I hope you can enjoy the journey with me.  If you want to go back to the beginning start with Nothing Matters More than Oil, […]

  • Dating an Engineer

    May 10, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Back in the Common Science introduction, I told you that part of my inspiration for writing this blog are the conversations I had with friends and relatives over the years.  Back in college I had a debate with an old girlfriend that I thought you might enjoy.   Like many questions I have gotten over the […]

  • Local Deal: 60% Off Hot Water

    May 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

    On April 30th the Orange County Campus of Durham Tech hosted a Sustainability Fair focusing on Solar Energy. When most people think of solar energy they think about generating electricity from the sun. Who isn’t at least a little bit fascinated but placing a panel out in the sunshine and having it make electricity? While […]

  • Nothing Matters More than Oil, Nothing

    April 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

    If you read the introductory blog for Common Science you will remember that I promised to address both local and global issues.  I am starting with a global issue because we are at the very beginning of the coming scarcity of oil and this will be the predominant science story in the world for the […]

  • Photosynthesis Part I: Oxygen Gets All the Press

    April 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Any discussion of petroleum starts with photosynthesis.  Actually, pretty much any discussion of anything should start with photosynthesis.  No photosynthesis, no us, no Chapelboro. Somewhere in your high school chemistry class (actually not long ago someone told me that you can now graduate from high school without taking chemistry, but I am repressing that thought) […]

  • An Introduction to Your Host

    April 25, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Welcome to “Common Science” your Chapelboro home for discussions of science and how it impacts our lives here in our community.  My name is Jeff Danner, I am a Ph.D. Chemical Engineer (sorry no pocket protector) and have been a resident of Chapelboro now for 11 years.  I am 45 years old, married, have two […]

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