Expanding Birnbaum’s Observations

I was just making sure that my escarole ("scarola in Italian") had enough water, early yesterday morning. But an unexpected surprise led me to learn more than a few things. For starters, escarole is more closely related to chicory than to lettuce. Unlike the latter, escarole has toothed leaves and lacks the milky white sap... Continue Reading →

Cardinals: why they’re red and their ability to act as PFAS sensors

Birds are enviable. Although they can't integrate the Lambert function, they're far more musical than rappers and far more in tune than most of us. They build nests without mortgages and fly despite COVID. In fact they will always fly without having to sit, without hoping for a window seat. We can only dream of... Continue Reading →

From Star Trek to Diamonds: Carbon Chemistry

The first time I encountered the word “meme” was in a Richard Dawkins book prior to the age of the internet. “Meme” meant an original idea that outlived an individual--- like a gene. Now it’s come to signify a graphic, often propagandistic in nature, spread on cell phones and often without reflection. Having said that,... Continue Reading →

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