Was Stephen Hawking’s Illness Psychosomatic? (No.)

A paper in a peer-reviewed medical journal makes the suggestion that physicist Stephen Hawking's disability, which famously confined him to a wheelchair and robbed him of his speech, was psychosomatic in nature. Hmm. I think this says more about the author than it does about Hawking. The paper is called Delusional Health Beliefs and it comes by British doctor Peter May. It was published a few days ago in the Medico-Legal Journal. May begins the paper by discussing conversion di

Try a ‘Sonic’ Instead of a G&T or Highball This Summer

If you browse the mixers at a high-end grocery or spirits store these days you’re bound to find an assortment of tonic waters. My personal favorite is Fever Tree’s Elderflower tonic, Try it, it’s fantastic. Tonics can be great to help bring out the flavor of the spirit that you’re drinking, but they can also sometimes…

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Try a ‘Sonic’ Instead of a G&T or Highball This Summer

If you browse the mixers at a high-end grocery or spirits store these days you’re bound to find an assortment of tonic waters. My personal favorite is Fever Tree’s Elderflower tonic, Try it, it’s fantastic. Tonics can be great to help bring out the flavor of the spirit that you’re drinking, but they can also sometimes…

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View Definitions and Pronunciations For Words While You Read Websites With This Extension

Even the most avid readers among us occasionally run into words that we don’t quite know the meaning of. My typical move, in that case, is to copy/paste the word into Google in another tab and see what comes up. This week I came across a Chrome extension that cuts out the middle man (or middle tab in this case) and…

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View Definitions and Pronunciations For Words While You Read Websites With This Extension

Even the most avid readers among us occasionally run into words that we don’t quite know the meaning of. My typical move, in that case, is to copy/paste the word into Google in another tab and see what comes up. This week I came across a Chrome extension that cuts out the middle man (or middle tab in this case) and…

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Turning Passion into Protection: Citizen Science at the Beach with the Surfrider Foundation

Heading to the beach this weekend? Consider engaging in water quality testing with the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots environmental organization whose mission is to protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Surfrider volunteers work in their communities across the country testing the water to provide more information to inform safe beach recreation. The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run water testing pr

What’s up with all this wild, weird weather — and is it linked to climate change?

Violent thunderstorms boiled up across Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri on May 22, 2019, as seen in this animation of infrared images acquired by the GOES-16 weather satellite. Tornadoes, including one that ravaged parts of Jefferson City, MO, are indicated by blue-colored T's. (Note: The animation may take awhile to load. It's worth the wait! Source: CIMSS Satellite Blog) It certainly has been a wild — and deadly — few weeks for weather. Since the first and 23rd of May, 340 tornadoes have s

New Origami-inspired Design Turns Pushing Into Pulling

The series of paper cells developed by researchers at the University of Washington uses origami folds to absorb the force of impacts. (Credit: Kiyomi Taguchi/University of Washington) Whether applied to auto collisions or rocket landings, absorbing energy from impacts is a valuable trait, and industries have been working on various solutions for years. For spacecraft, landing safely has entailed everything from inflatable airbag systems to sky cranes to retro-thrusters. But what if the force

Kick Off the Long Weekend With Maraschino Martini

Holiday weekends—particularly the summery ones—are often associated with barbecues and beer. I am always down to eat some barbecue, but beer makes me sneeze, and I don’t see why I should change my drinking habits for one long weekend.

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Which Pride Month Merchandise Actually Helps LGBTQ Causes?

This June, President Trump is celebrating the start of Pride month by trying to make a profit—and selling a new line of “LGBTQ for Trump” T-shirts on his website, which retail for $24 each.

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