January 15, 2019

One of my friends forwarded me a video she found online, which I am sure many of you have also seen. It involved taking a piece of coal, heating it up, and then covering it in peanut butter before freezing the entire mixture for a few days. Apparently if you then scrap...

December 12, 2018

So I got in the mood today to electrocute a pickle, and figured it would work as an exciting demonstration for some of my students. After much optimization in terms of the electricity necessary to do this, I am proud to say that we were successful and did in fact elect...

May 1, 2018

If your kids are anything like mine, they eat a lot, and so I find myself in the kitchen a lot. Invariably, they follow me in there (“Mommy, what are you doing? Mommy, can I see? Mommy mommy mommy mommy…”), and so I thought, what about setting up some science things fo...

March 15, 2018

Maple Sugar Day Festivals are on! This is the brief window of time during which real maple sap is collected from maple trees, and then turned into delicious, sweet maple syrup and maple candies. Lots of areas around New England offer the opportunity to visit and observ...

December 14, 2017

Yesterday we lit the first Hanukkah candle, and so in honor of that, I thought we could talk a little bit about this holiday. For those who may be only passingly familiar with this Jewish holiday, you may think of it as a “Jewish Christmas,” in which we give presents t...

November 21, 2017

Continuing in our Thanksgiving theme, let’s talk about cranberries. There is a strong local crop of cranberries (see blog post from earlier this month) and their peak harvest time is this month, so you are likely to find lots of local cranberry options available. How d...

November 16, 2017

One week away from Thanksgiving, so let’s talk about turkey. First, true confessions: I do not actually like eating turkey. I don’t like its taste, or the texture, or even the smell to be honest. STUFFING, on the other hand. Sweet potato pie. Cranberry sauce. Pumpkin e...

November 14, 2017

As you may have noticed, we changed the clocks this past weekend, and so now it is starting to really feel like winter is coming. Personally, I like this clock change, at least in the mornings, because for most of the year I am a morning person, except when it starts t...

October 17, 2017

Let’s talk about frying, readers. My lab group recently bought a deep-fryer, named, for reasons that I will not care to speculate on, the FryDaddy (available at fine retailers like Target and Amazon). And we bought this because fried food is delicious, and this is a gr...

September 26, 2017

Three weeks into September, and we are now smack in the middle of the Jewish High Holiday season, which includes the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah; Wikipedia primer on the day is located HERE), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur; see link HERE), and in October time, Suk...

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