Super Sheek

Over at Science Friday, Ira Flatow & co. have been trying to come up with an alternative word for “geek” since it’s become “a little chic”. Gee, I’m not sure whether to say “thanks” or “oh, dear.” I do like some of the suggestions: sheek; Flatow, techno-sexual, asinine…

Fever Pitch

I heard Sonia Shah give a thought-provoking talk last night at Politics & Prose here in DC about her fascinating new book, “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years”. As she shows, the tendency of policy makers (and even scientists) to dither and overlook biological facts has aided the persistence of malaria […]

The Billboard is the Message

The Ricoh Eco Board in Times Square is the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered electronic billboard, powered solely by 62 solar panels and 24 thin-film PV solar modules, and illuminated by 16 LED floodlights. The panels can store enough energy to light the board for four days, but Ricoh is cool with the sign going dark […]

Nutritional Wasteland

This just in from the Firm-Grasp-of-the-Obvious Department: Television is a nutritional wasteland. According to a report published in the June issue of theJournal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers watched 96 hours of prime-time broadcast TV over 28 days and analyzed food commercials. Their earth-shattering conclusion? A 2,000-calorie diet consisting entirely of advertised foods would contain […]