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.
  • The Caterpillar Effect

    August 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Last week my wife and I were in St. Martin and went to a butterfly farm where I learned something new.

  • Something is Rotten in the Province of Alberta

    August 5, 2013 at 5:14 am

    The oil sands in Alberta are pretty much what they sound like, oil mixed with sand and a variety of other impurities.

  • Monkey Pox … Seriously ?!

    July 29, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Analysis of ancient skeletons tells us that the smallpox virus first began infecting humans approximately 10,000 years ago.

  • The Power of Backpacking

    July 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    As I was lugging my pack through the mountains, it felt like I had to generate significant power to keep moving and, therefore, would be expending quite a few calories.

  • No Where Else for the Rain to Go

    July 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

    While the primary driver of the Chapel Hill Flood of 2013 was record rainfall of over five inches in 24 hours, there was another important factor at work.

  • Empire of the Ants

    July 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

    The South Eastern United States, including the southern part of heaven, is classified as a Humid Subtropical Zone on global climate maps.

  • Voyager I: Off to Interstellar Space

    June 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    If there has ever been a Golden Age for scientists and engineers in the United States, you could make a good case that it was the 1960s. NASA was launching ever-more sophisticated devices into orbit and was gearing up to put a man on the moon.

  • Hurricanes Part III: Frequency and Global Warming

    June 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Over the last several decades the media have consistently reported that global warming would result in more frequent and more powerful hurricanes.

  • 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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