This animated video tells two very different stories from the early days of ballooning: the spectacles of Sophie Blanchard and the scientific missions of James Glaisher. The video was produced in 2014 as a part of a collaboration between CHF and students in John Serpentelli’s Commercial Animation class at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.
scienceatplay: A. C. Gilbert Cloud Chamber, c. 1951. CHF Collections. In 1950, the Gilbert company released a new toy that promised to unlock the secrets of atomic power! The U-238 Atomic Energy Lab included a small amount of radioactive...Show More Summary
I have been wanting to write about Leo Kadanoff who passed away a few weeks ago. Among other things Kadanoff made seminal contributions to statistical physics, specifically the theory of phase transitions, that were undoubtedly Nobel caliber. Show More Summary
Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, is the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Show More Summary
Can There Be Too Much Story in Science? Can storytelling go too far in the scientific realm? At CHF we love science and storytelling, and we believe they enhance one another. But a recent New York Times article raised the question of the place of narrative in the case of Elizabeth Holmes and her startup blood testing company Theranos. Show More Summary
skunkbear: Check out our latest video: Why Do We Get Goose Bumps?
Klaus Schulten seeks to answer a baffling question: what is life? His quest for answers led his team of natural scientists and computer engineers to invent a “computational microscope”—one not made of glass and metal, but made of software. My initial case study for the Beckman Legacy Project focuses on Schulten’s career in molecular dynamics. Show More Summary
Here is an excellent overview of the hopes and foibles of "rational" drug design by Brooke Magnanti (Hat tip: Pete Kenny) which touches on several themes and names that would be familiar to those in the field: Ant Nicholls and OpenEye,...Show More Summary
A group of engineers once tried to upend the saying, “that went down like a lead balloon.” The balloons in this photograph are very different from the flying machines we showed yesterday to celebrate National Aviation Month. Did they ever get off the ground? Read the story to find out. Show More Summary
November is National Aviation History Month, so this month we’re highlighting some of the flying machines that appear in our collections. Stay tuned for stories about balloons like these, the science of flight, entrepreneurs who put their planes to use in their business plans, and the dreams people have dreamed about flight of the future.
othmeralia: Happy National Sandwich Day! Today, November 3rd, is the birthday of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich and 18th-century noble who invented everyone’s favorite finger food by instructing his servants to serve meat between two slices of bread during a 24-hour gambling event. Show More Summary
Joseph Urbain La Verrier: The force of his personalityand his spectacular prediction of Neptune solidifiedfaith in the existence of Vulcan In his book "The Hunt for Vulcan", MIT science writing professor Thomas Levenson tackles one of...Show More Summary
Colorful Plastic, in Black and White During the 1930s the movies shimmered with the wonder material cellophane. Actors glided across sets constructed out of cellophane while wearing garments and accessories made from the synthetic material. Show More Summary
Marking the birthday of Tourette syndrome's namesake — NewsWorks: CHF’s Benjamin Gross talks about...
Tweet Follow @Sci_ents How about a spot of halloween chemistry? With nice simple explanations for the trick or treaters. Cinder toffee!! You’ll need: Sugar Golden syrup A jam/jelly thermometer Bicarbonate of soda Grease proof paper A baking tray A saucepan Safety: The toffee mix gets very hot, be careful when handling in and make sure there’s … Continue reading »
skunkbear: Patricia was the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemispheres, with wind...
Donning his white coat, this doctor dances for dollars Check out this great video. There's more to this doctor than simply medicine. Similarly, there's more to each of us than simply chemistry, and so too for pretty much everybody. The...Show More Summary
Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Tweet #MolCraft Children should be playing more computer games in school. That idea might enrage you if you think kids today already spend too much time staring at screens or if you are already sick of your offspring’s incessant prattling about fighting zombies and the like. But hear me out. Specifically, I … Continue reading »
Celebrities, politicians, and scientists have fiercely debated the safety of using genetically...
othmeralia: On this day in 1939, nylon stockings were sold for the very first time at a test sale in Wilmington, Delaware. All 4,000 pairs were sold out within 3 hours! Unfortunately for the women who couldn’t get enough of these new...Show More Summary