This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine.

The Romans may have first come across the colorful potential of nanoparticles by accident but they seem to have perfected it.

You have to read this. Nanotechnology from 1,600 years ago. The description of pregnancy test kits helps readers understand the potential.

In Lab Lit, Fiction Meets Science of the Real World – NYTimes.com

Duh, so that’s why I like Richard Powers’ books so much. The simple term is “Lab Lit.” It means works of fiction that get the science right *and* the story. I teach students that effective science writing often involves a main character. In journalism, that character is a real person.┬áIn Lab Lit, the authors get to make up the people.

In Lab Lit, Fiction Meets Science of the Real World – NYTimes.com.

Dark-eyed junco brings bird relay to my yard

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I saw my first dark-eyed junco of the season in my yard today, perched in my bare lilac bush. That means he’s here for the winter, from someplace cold enough to make Central Illinois feel like a haven. Then I noticed not one, but many, robins flying about. Right now, six are gathered in my yard. If this is a track meet, the lone junco is here to hand the baton of winter to the relay flock of robins. They’ll carry it somewhere south. The lovely junco reminds me that winter is a matter of perspective.

When It Comes To Buying Organic, Science And Beliefs Don’t Always Mesh : The Salt : NPR

When It Comes To Buying Organic, Science And Beliefs Don’t Always Mesh : The Salt : NPR.

This National Public Radio story (7 min 47 sec) works on many levels.

— It explains that scientific studies have limits. They can only report on what was found, not on what was not or on the ramifications of the findings. They report only the findings.

— It uses a discussion format, rather than a narrative, to explain terms and concepts.

— It includes comments and questions from listeners.

— It helps define the terms. “Organic” has a regulated definition.

Old growth and new

One day in Glacier National Park, we hiked through giant cedar, hemlock and black cottonwood trees to Avalanche Lake. The cedars were so large, it would take three people holding hands to encircle one. The next day, we hiked the Apgar Lookout trail, through the forest that burned in 2003. (That fire caused us to cancel our trip planned then and we are now getting here 9 years later.) Pines have grown back on Apgar trail to just the right size for a Christmas tree in a small apartment — 5 feet tall and skinny. I could encircle the trunk with my thumb and forefinger. Small but growing, burned but not obliterated.

Apgar Lookout Trail, Glacier National Park