Information gathering and sharing in the digital age: Part I

Mendeley –  Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere. Video tutorials. Connotea -Free online reference management and sharing for researchers and scientists. Calibre – The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software. Concept board – Conceptboard is the online whiteboard app for your project: Visual team collaboration on ideas, drafts and documents. … Continue reading Information gathering and sharing in the digital age: Part I

Journal of Chemical Education Sep 2012 Issue

1. The Grapes of Class: Teaching Chemistry Concepts at a Winery Nonscience majors often believe that the concepts and techniques in chemistry have little relevance to someone outside the “ivy-covered walls of academia”. The challenge for science instructors is to develop and implement lessons that present science in a way that will capture the interest of the nonscience major, while remaining rigorous enough to satisfy … Continue reading Journal of Chemical Education Sep 2012 Issue

The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi

In January 1933, German conservatives, facing a political deadlock, engineered a way for Adolf Hitler, leader of Germany’s largest political party, to become chancellor, with a predominantly conservative cabinet. They thought he would be their “captive”—the first of many fatal illusions that eased Hitler’s path to power. Soon it was clear that his regime would eliminate all opposition and establish total control over what had … Continue reading The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi

Animal Communication

Although dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been trained to match numbers and durations of human vocal bursts [1] and reported to spontaneously match computer-generated whistles [2], spontaneous human voice mimicry has not previously been demonstrated. The first to study white whale (Delphinapterus leucas) sounds in the wild, Schevill and Lawrence [3] wrote that “occasionally the calls would suggest a crowd of children shouting in the distance”. … Continue reading Animal Communication

Germs are us

Human beings are inhabited by as many as ten thousand bacterial species; the bacteria living inside us weigh, all told, about three pounds (the same as our brain). These bacteria work constantly on our behalf: they manufacture vitamins and patrol our guts to prevent infections; they help to form and bolster our immune systems, and digest food. Recent research suggests that they may even alter … Continue reading Germs are us