Browsing Archives of Author »Rob Russell«

A simple model could explain how the first cell came into being

January 11, 2011


It’s just a thought experiment, and there’s no real way to test it just yet. But it’s the first time we even have a possible working explanation for how Earth’s first tentative steps toward life might have happened. From these humble origins, protocells could eventually turn into more complicated structures, and life could begin. It’s […]

Bad Movie Physics: A Report Card

December 29, 2010


Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. Here’s our report card for bad science in 18 movies. via Bad Movie Physics: A Report Card.

Academic Success Videos: Chemistry

October 14, 2010


  Dartmouth’s Academic Success Videos: Chemistry This is a great video covering 9 strategies for succeeding in college Chemistry: set goals manage your time keep up with the reading attend every lecture take effective notes do practice problems chem lab tips use prof’s office hours prepare for exams   Watch the video at  Academic Success […]

The IgNobel Prize for Improbable Research

September 30, 2010


Just for fun: The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology. “Last, but not least, there are the Ig Nobel awards. These come with little cash, […]

A Plethora of Hobbit Papers – Origins

September 26, 2010


Fans of Homo floresiensis will be happy this month, as the Journal of Human Evolution (JHE) has a special issue devoted to these diminutive hominins whose fossils were found on the Indonesian island of Flores. There’s also a new paper out in Significance, the Royal Statistical Society journal, in which William Jungers and Karen Baab […]

Study Guide for Exam 1 in HSCI 2230

September 10, 2010


HSCI 2230                                                Introduction to Microbiology                        Spring 2006 Powers                                                                Study guide for exam 1 Outline of unit 1 Introduction to the molecules that make up living things What are membranes? What are bacteria? What are viruses? How do bacteria grow? How do materials get in to and […]

Discovery of a possible Earth-sized planet

August 29, 2010


The journal Science reports the following in the article  Kepler-9: A System of Multiple Planets Transiting a Sun-Like Star, Confirmed by Timing Variations — Holman et al., 10.1126/science.1195778 — Science: The Kepler spacecraft is monitoring over 150,000 stars for evidence of planets transiting those stars. We report the detection, based on 7 months of Kepler observations, […]