The Chemical History of a Candle

, , , on September 6, 2016

Absolutely beautiful and stunning series. Required viewing of all that breath.

Michael Faraday’s The Chemical History of a Candle retold by Bill Hammack.

Applied Science

on June 18, 2015

Applied Science is a series of videos by Ben Krasnow featuring “DIY” experimenting and explaining. All the videos are amazing.

Maple Syrup Discovery

, , on January 21, 2014

This is a remarkable finding about maple syrup production. Instead of having to tap fully grown forests of sugar maples to acquire sap, botanists discovered you can chop the top off a sapling, tap directly into the trunk, and extract sap using a vacuum. Now instead of dealing with sprawling forests to make syrup, these saplings can be planted in dense plantations. The discovery was prompted by a simple question: is sap generated from the top of the tree or the bottom. I was going to headline with the photo of their new sap extraction mechanism, but it is too sad. I’ll take a maple syrup themed picture at some point. Also looking for their actual paper.

Caterpillars and Escalators

, , , on July 29, 2013


Swarming caterpillars are fast!


on August 16, 2012

Will biologic overtake synthetic? The digital era may soon end. Maybe we were wrong to be so fearful of purely metallic overlords.

As an aside, there really isn’t a good vocabulary to compare the two. Biology will become synthesized, and both forms of information storage are technically digital. I suggest biologists and computer scientists start learning each other’s lexicon.

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