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We've had a lot of aphids attacking plants in our garden this year. My usual approach is to use an insecticidal soap that I make by diluting down from a concentrate. "Normal" soap is the sodium salt of a fatty acid, while an insecticidal soap is just the potassium...
The tale of The Emperor's New Clothes is as much about marketing hype as it is about keeping up pretenses in a social setting. The hype over "smart clothing" is just that, but a new report (open access!) from Stanford researchers about a radiative-transparent...
Being on a new campus this fall means getting lost. Finding the right building is the easy part. Finding a staircase in the building is also fairly simple. But the real challenge is deciding if it is the correct staircase.The building that I my office is in...

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Dan Lowry (@DrFriction) tweeted last night "Whenever life seems devoid of meaning or humor, just do a web search on 'theological properties'" (referring to the fact that spellcheckers typically attempt to change "rheological" into "theological"). So I did just...
Foods always make for fun and interesting rheology experiments. Witness the ongoing (and incorrect) characterization of ketchup as thixotropic [1]. Talking about viscoelastic and other complex rheological behaviors of polymeric materials really won't grab the...
Don Loepp of PlasticsNews raised the question last week of whether PVC is vegan or not. The issue came about regarding the all-electric Tesla cars. Apparently they don't offer a non-leather interior for vegans."A Bloomberg report from Teslas annual share meeting...

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Small, useful things (links): "How to Succeed in Grad School" by The Analytical PerspectiveThis chuck roast looks good. (The Smokin' Chemist)John looks at rheology, and theology.New post from the Baran LabChad, on adhesives.More good stuff from Slava Bernat.Carmen...
Small, useful things (links):"Scientific Community Debates Standard Definition of "Impact Factor"" Melanie Nelson looks at building inclusive teams.Jyllian has suggestions for National Safety Stand Down on May 2.ab without bench Here's another case...
A collection of small useful things (links):Hilarious: "Impact Factor Stolen in Daring Heist"Fun post by See Arr Oh on the latest from the Doyle lab. Light rail affecting the University of Minnesota's NMRs?I really liked Quintus' look at Fujita's latest...