Criticism. Essay. Fiction. Science. Weather.
1Eye design, plant solar cells and
the ape squad culture war. 2CloneBeef: coming to a burger near you
and the new (privatized) Space Race 3The story of sixty cell lines
and how they restricted science 4Why'd they have to make it a pyramid again?
and wastewater pays back 5Monkeys, Peanuts and the Science
of Unrequited Love. 6Throwing pieces of metal at a red planet
and "Its all about the Insulin, baby." 7Skate me to the moon with a rat-on-a-stick. 8Man and Machine lay down the boxing gloves,
joining forces to pursue good 9Bobbing for apples in a giant vat of grape flavoring. 10Do you believe in magic? 11Brain scans on the mind. 12Sex with cats, popping caps
and frying cars. 13The Quarterly Review drops Science;
√9 of the best so far. 14Flying on some sun rays. 15No, it's not the return of that new wave band. 16The rate of warming might be at issue,
but the fuel is definitely running out. 17Sleep your way to victory! 18I wonder how many big macs it takes... 19It's all drugs and giant waves this week 20Holy jumping jeans Batman!
That mouse is a knockout! 21They call Alabama the Crimson Tide...
or is it Maine? 22How much smaller than the head of a needle?
Well... a lot.
23Information nation ablation preservation. 24Do you want fries with that test tube burger? 25When weeds don't obey the rules. 26Two Quarters = One Half 27The things you can't see are much scarier. 28Jeepers peepers! 29It all makes so much sense...
except as good science. 30Another nugget of knowledge from the annals
of forgotten phenomena 31Very small birds and very large mountains. 32The hazelnut graham cracker one was nuts! 33Naming the new fruits. 34Gas is up but laptops are down. 3590ways brings the straight dope on a thanksgiving tall tale. 36I rolled em out on the street, but I've never once seen the old fella do the same. 37An alternative to tatooing UPC codes onto animals and an insatiable lust for rhino horn. 38"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection..." 39Three, it's the magic number. 40Bivalves gone wild off that bubbly. 41If only there had been an experiment
to bring about the end of Edward Teller 42What's that, girl? Timmy's stuck in a well?
Wait, Timmy has Cancer?? 43Neuron fire beat electric spark. 44What do Penguins, Ostriches, and Earwigs have in common? 45Looking far, far away to find what's right here. 46Bringing some science for your valentine. 47What's so special about 2.5 pounds of gray stuff? 48I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow the house in. 49A million bases ain't no thang. 50Do the robots run this motha? Hell Yeah! 51A dormant giant looms in the Pacific Northwest... 52Cheap real estate to anyone who can
hold her breath for six hours a day. 53Like all the best megalomaniacs,
we can make Science all about us. 54Well, That's the long and short of it. 5599 Bottles of Beer on the pharmacy wall. 56Tortoises may move slow, but Orchids are definitely alive. 57Feeling hot! Lava so big the numbers don't stop. 58Attached at the hip. And a few other places as well. 59The swamp, or the savanna. You decide. 60Mom and Dad are fighting! 61The stress of death. 62N.I.M.B.Y. Well ... maybe ... 63I've got a headache this big! 64Attraction. 65Well, That's the long and short of it. 66Rafting through history. 67Before there was science there was unreason. 68Be careful with the weeds. Use them well. 69Climate change will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. 70Lucy, a public whipping, it could only be ... 71The highs and lows of being high. 72A sign of the times. 73What was that? 74= Poetry 75The Solar System Shuffle 76Biodynamics is not the latest diet plan. 77Pulsatilla vulgaris 78Climate change will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. A reprise. 79People cannot reason outside their own idiom. 80Soda pop or Ritalin? 81What's really up Kim's sleeve. 82Rolling the dice with molecular biology. 83Food so cheap it won't make you sick. 84In the ether with Einstein. 85Watch out for saturation.
And watch out for 2048. 86The wonderful thing about science is ... ? 87Silent or not, the truth is the truth. 88Playstation 3 or Science Olympiad? Now middle-school kids don't have to choose. 89From watch making to watch repair to Mars. 90We remember when this week seemed but a distant fantasy. 91The end of the quarter is here! 92What would they have done with Photoshop™? 93Modern minds can handle three questions. 94NAND the gardener said, "Let there be quantum tunneling." 95Get off The Pyramid. The traffic is terrible. 96Creeping to a shoreline near you -- neurodiversity. 97Baking soda vs. Baking powder - Scientific Subsitutions 98No jokes about Ice Cube allowed... 99What would your ancestors eat? 100A few rules of thumb for green ones. 101The proof is in the video. 102To those a definition for what life is. 103No, not the Stan Lee creation. 104What would they have done with Photoshop™? 105DNA is nothing but double-sided tape, essentially 106All the colors of the stage. 107Human and a monkey sittin' in a tree,
You must build on The Creep.
-- The Overmind
But I'm a creep / I'm a weirdo / What the hell am I doing here? / I don't belong here
As players of Blizzard Entertainment's popular RTS game Starcraft are well aware The Creep poses certain challenges. Whether as a requirement or an obstacle the slow advancing, strangely purple, jelly-like substance dramatically affects life in the Starcraft universe.
Quite similarly, as denizens of California's coastal regions are aware, Carpobrotus edulis, commonly known as ice plant, is having a dramatic affect on life in the Golden State.
Ice plant is a non-native, otherwise known as invasive, species that hails from South Africa. Brought to the United States to serve as ground cover for gardens and to retard erosion along railroad tracks ice plant has escaped into the wild and, like the slow-moving Creep, is gradually choking out native grasses and other indigenous plant life. In The Bay Area grasses such as Spike Redtop and Slender Wheatgrass are falling victim to its strangle.
To combat this encroachment volunteer groups have organized to take matters into their own hands. Armed with hoes, shovels, and, occasionally, gasoline and lighters, these volunteers spend a few hours each month removing and much ice plant as possible, before it advances and does more damage.
Unfortunately, the damage is not limited to other plants. Ice plant grows in thick carpets, with roots that do not deeply penetrate the soil. With enough rain, as is common in the winter months, especially in NorCal, ice plant patches have been known to slide down the side of slopes, taking dirt and plants down with them. One of its most damaging effects, then -- aside from usurping land from native plants, is to cause actually cause mudslides and erosion.
However, for all its detrimental qualities, ice plant isn't all-bad. Occasionally it is even recommended as ground cover to homeowners who live in areas prone to forest fires. Ice plant's fleshy stems retain moisture, much like aloe vera. When planted in non-contiguous patches it can help defend a home from advancing flames.
And amazingly, ice plant is edible. It tastes a little bit like sour apples and has an amazing ability to dry out one's mouth instantly. While I have not found a recipe which calls for ice plant I have found that steamed with a little salt it can be somewhat palatable.
If hoes and shovels don't slow the advancing Creep, perhaps a little salad dressing can.
Let's have a Celebration
Throughout the Nation
For every child and adult
But why should we care?
Because Uniqueness is worthy
Of Understanding and Celebration
Because Empathy is important to all
Because they think their minds are nifty
Because a Righty is no better than a Lefty