July 25, 2018

So how do fireworks work anyway? I know this is very delayed from July 4th, when I first thought about writing a fireworks-related post, but bear with me. We are still in fireworks month.

Basically, fireworks are controlled missiles, equipped with a variety of chemicals...

June 28, 2018

This weekend is the start of Free Fun Fridays, where now through the end of August, you can get access to a variety of locations around the Boston area for no money. Zero dollars. Check out the program website at: http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-Fridays, an...

June 26, 2018

 School is out, finally, hopefully, for everyone, with many delays in the last day of school due to the lots and lots and lots of snow days we had this academic year. I am going to go out on a limb, metaphorically speaking, and assume that I am not the only parent who...

June 21, 2018

What are you doing tonight, readers, in honor of the summer solstice? How about checking out a free summer solstice celebration night at the Harvard Museum of Science and Culture (see website here: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/summer-solstice). What does one do at a...

June 19, 2018

Recently one of my children has been asking for bath bombs, which, until he asked for it, was not something I had ever bought. Bath time in our house tends to be less of the relaxing, soaking in a warm, fizzy bath moment and more of a ‘STOP SPLASHING OUT OF THE TUB!’ k...

June 14, 2018

 Another weekend coming up, and lots and lots of activities to do. First of all, strawberries. The picking season for strawberries in New England is June, and it is such a short season, so get picking! Our family’s favorite is Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA 

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June 7, 2018

What are you planning for this weekend, readers? If you haven’t headed to the scooperbowl yet (http://www.scooperbowl.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1177885), today is your last day. I tried to find a scientific article that says ice cream is good for you, which I am...

May 17, 2018

What’s on your schedule this weekend, scientists, parents, and scientist-parents? If you are in the Boston area, a great Saturday event is FREE FERRY DAY (http://www.bostonharborislands.org/free-ferry-day), where you can take the ferry for free (thanks, captain obvious...

May 15, 2018

Today is the opening of the outdoor pool in the city where I am spending sabbatical in Israel, and in honor of that, let’s talk about the science of swimming and swimming pools.

1. CAN I PERMANENTLY DAMAGE MY EYES FROM SWIMMING WITHOUT GOGGLES AND WITH MY EYES OPEN? Thi...

August 25, 2017

Second to last weekend of the summer (by some measurements, although the summer doesn’t actually end until September 22nd, and some children have already started school), so what is everyone up to? We’re taking the oldest scientist-in-training and some friends to celeb...

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