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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sonicating a gummy bear and a few book reviews

 

I'm sure I can't tell you how many times I've intended to post and haven't.  I have several things floating about my head but have let other things take precedent.

So, for now, until I congeal a few other aspects, including my student's book list for 2009 and an interview I conducted with an amazing woman scientist who came into town, I will post my three latest videos.

The one you currently see at the top of the page is a review of a great book called Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Plague to the Avian Flu by Philip Alcabes. It's very timely and a great read. I like when I feel smarter at the end of a book, and this one definitely filled the bill. Oddly enough, I discovered by accident that his wife and I follow each other on twitter and had to promise that my top model doll would not flirt with him! 

Another book I reviewed, which I think is FABULOUS to share with your non-sciency family and friends is The Why Files: The Science Behind the Headlines by David J. Tenenbaum. It is a good way to bring science to those who might not otherwise take the plunge. Then send them to the Why Files website so they can keep up with current events!

 



I received a link to a video of a gummy bear being obliterated in a "product driven reaction" by it's insertion in molten potassium chlorate. That reminded me that I had at one time subjected a gummy bear to high frequency sound waves (sonication) and decided to create my own video in response to that. Enjoy!



So, this will do for now and I will try to tend to my website more often!

Kindly, Joanne

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