Science from Away: Very Short Science Stories

  In 1964 a professor of entomology at Cornell University, Thomas Eisner, published an article in Science, in which he wrote: “Surely, a mint plant derives no benefit from an ability to stimulate cats!” He was addressing the remarkable response of cats to the odor of the catnip plant, Nepata cateria. They can’t seem to [...]

Science from Away: Very Short Science Stories

Scientists at the University of Alabama campus in Birmingham in their study of a tiny (1 millimeter) nematode, C. elegans, a worm which has long been a focus of scientific study for its easily elucidated biological functions, have discovered a fascinating aspect of the worm’s sexual activity. Although most of the worms are hermaphrodites (contain [...]

Very Short Science Stories

A long serving congresswoman from upstate New York, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter is coming closer to winning a congressional battle she started many years ago, to stop the use of antibiotics being used as routine additives to food and water given to farm animals,  antibiotics which are also used in human beings. There is no [...]

Science from Away: Very Short Science Stories

              Scientists from the most respected and admired medical research laboratories in the world have confirmed that a chemical naturally found in many foods and especially in the skin of grapes and therefore in red wine, acts to alter the properties of a protein associated with infirmities of aging. In the last line of [...]

Science from Away: Backwards Learning

  In 1967, after finishing a fancy education, I got an offer to be an assistant chemistry professor in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan. I took it and opened a laboratory in May of that year with the intention of doing something original in organic chemistry research. It didn’t turn out to be very [...]