Science from Away: Believe it or Not

  I’ve been collecting articles in the scientific literature about climate change. Here are some highlights. Some climate scientists believe that the melting sea ice in the Arctic exposes more water to the sun, which absorbs the sun’s warmth causing warming of the artic water. Ice, on the contrary, reflects the sun’s rays. The warm [...]

Science from Away: Some Selected Scientific Stuff

  Bumblebees can sport long tongues or short tongues. Scientists working in the Colorado Mountains find that the long tongues species are declining as the number of flowers with long petal tubes are declining compared to the general run of the mill flowers with short tongue accessible tubes. Warming summers are assigned the source of [...]

Science from Away: Point of View Applicable to Paris?

  What follows is adapted from a column in this series, directed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, written in the fall of 2005. Increasingly, more and more Americans are seeing what people outside of the United States, and many within the country, saw early on, the absence of wisdom in the people who [...]

Science from Away: In Life and Out of Life

  I’m old enough to remember cars that knocked, especially when too much was asked of the engine, as when accelerating up a hill in too high a gear. In an internal combustion engine, the fuel air mixture in the cylinder is supposed to ignite when the spark plug fires and the fuel air mixture [...]

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 [...]