• December 14, 2014 Results of my 2014 Predictions

    In January, I made predictions for what I expected would be important science stories during 2014, five posit..

  • December 7, 2014 Fracking: A Raleigh-Riyadh Connection

    As you may have noticed at the pump recently, gasoline prices have fallen by 35% over the last few months, fro..

  • November 30, 2014 An Engineer On A Diet: Part II

    Last week in Part I, I reviewed the energy balance for the human body and explained how it controls whether or..

  • November 16, 2014 Why Are The Norwegians Burning Trash?

    Several weeks ago, my daughter came home and said “Dad, why does Norway have to import trash to keep its pow..

  • November 9, 2014 Is The Toilet The Greatest Public Health Invention Ever?

    Last week’s column, Spinal Cord Miracle?, was an inspiring story about how scientific progress enabled a man..

  • November 2, 2014 Spinal Cord Miracle?

      In 2010, 40 year old Bulgarian firefighter Darek Fidyka had his spinal cord severed at mid-chest level ..

  • October 26, 2014 Common Science Grab Bag

    Generally speaking, I stick to one topic per week, but at the moment there are a number of items which are lay..

  • October 20, 2014 How Chemical Engineering Is Like Calculus

    If you are not familiar with chemical engineering, you may have the impression that it is a narrowly-focused d..

  • October 12, 2014 The Case of the Disappearing Lakes

    Elementary school was a challenging time for me. I was terribly unorganized and a bit of a mess. Once, in the ..

  • October 5, 2014 Mercury Rising

    As I noted last week in Of Minerals and Men, the journal Nature recently reported that the concentration of me..