Science from Away: A Science Story

  In 1936, as tensions leading to the second war were ratcheting up, a small company located in Philadelphia, Rohm and Haas, that had been started by a German chemist, learned that something new was afoot at the parent company in Germany, Rohm AG – some new kind of plastic, later to be called Plexiglas [...]

Science from Away: The Forgotten Organ

By Mark M Green ( Prokaryotes have been called “The Unseen Majority.” These microscopic organisms constitute 60-100% of the estimated total carbon in all plants on earth. Bacteria are prokaryotes, which are found in all places, from the atmosphere to the polar-regions to the soil of the earth to the deepest oceans and in all [...]

Science from Away: Short Stories about Serotonin and More

  Simon N. Young began teaching at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the early 1970s and went on to become Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and sitting on committees, which decided who gets money to do what research – a professor of considerable influence. Just about when Dr. Young began his [...]

Science from Away: Kathleen Lonsdale – Against all odds.

  In the 1860s the molecular structure of benzene, a molecule with six carbon atoms and six hydrogen atoms, was proposed to have the six carbon atoms arranged in a ring forming a perfect hexagon. By 1929 this prediction was still untested; No experiment had been carried out that could determine the shape of a [...]

Science from Away: Stories

Psychologist Rebecca Spencer, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, conducted an interesting experiment on children between 3 and 5. She demonstrated that those allowed to nap after learning about matching picture cards did much better in follow up games.  Her finding is consistent with research on the role of sleep conducted [...]