Archive for December, 2011



For New Year’s Eve, Toast The Chemistry Of Champagne

  Champagne, unlike other wines, undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle to trap carbon dioxide gas, which dissolves into the wine and forms the fabled bubbles in the bubbly. More than 600 different chemical compounds join carbon dioxide in champagne, each lending its own unique quality to the aroma and flavor of champagne. But […]

A Year of Discovery – Top Science Stories of 2011

This year was another remarkable year in science, with space shuttles retiring and new particles being detected (perhaps). Some of these top discoveries could very well have an immediate effect on our lives. The impact of others may not be felt for years. Some discoveries may vanish altogether. But no matter what, 2011 was a […]

How Does Santa Do It? Science of Course!

All those presents, all those kids, how does Santa do it?  North Carolina State University’s Dr. Larry Silverberg, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering let’s in on Santa’s secrets to getting what seems impossible done in one night. According to Dr. Silverberg, Santa uses nanotechnology to miniaturize the presents (solving the problem of the bulk) along with […]

FUN Holiday Science – Poinsettia pH Paper!

Image Source: Pixabay.com Many plants contain pigments that are responsive to changes in acidity. An example is the poinsettia plant, which has colored ‘flowers’ (really specialized leaves called bracts). Although poinsettias are perennials in warmer climates, most people are likely to see them used as a decorative houseplant over the winter holidays. You can extract […]

12 Days of Christmas – Cool Science Christmas Presents!

Image Source: Pixabay.com It’s possible I’m a little biased, but I think science-y Christmas presents are the coolest! There are all sorts of chemistry sets, crystal growing kits, glow in the dark experiments and other educational toys and gifts. You can apply your knowledge of science to impress by making personalized presents, like handcrafted perfume, […]

Search For The God Particle

  The Large Hadron Collider is a superstar in the physics world, if only because it’s one of the few physics tools that have crossed over into mainstream consciousness.  Basically everyone is aware of the LHC, thanks to the comic books and pop-up children’s books and the whole “it’s going to destroy the world!” furor that surrounded the launch […]

7 Christmas Inventions and their Surprising Origins

Have you ever wondered where Christmas lights, candy canes and other holiday mainstays originated? Here we look at the history of some of the most enduring holiday-season inventions. Some of our favorite holiday products, from decorations to toys, have surprising origins. Ever wondered where tinsel comes from (and why we drape it over the trees)? […]

Google Doodle Honors Bob Noyce, Inventor of the Microchip

If I said the name Bob Noyce to you, odds are you won’t know who he is.  I didn’t, until I clicked through on Google’s Doodle of the day today.  Today’s Google Doodle is a giant semiconductor.  As it turns out, Google has changed its home page to honor the inventor of the microchip, Robert “Bob” […]

Last Lunar Eclipse until 2014

Look in the western sky Saturday morning before dawn, and if the weather is clear and you’re in the right place, you will be rewarded with the last lunar eclipse of 2011. For just under an hour, the disk of the full moon will almost disappear, turning a dark, rusty red.  The catch for Americans […]

Wasps Can Memorize Faces!

Image Source: Pixabay.com Wasps have amazing ability to memorize and later recall the figures of other wasps, from native cluster. Findings add to other remarkable capacity of these social insects, providing new information on the specializations from the animal world.   Wasps are downright phenomenal when it comes to intelligence. They manage to learn, and recognize the figures […]