Category Archives: Iowa

Tilting the Vocal Scales: One Loud Voice > 40

There exist a few situations in which taking a voice vote of “yay” or “nay” makes a lot of sense. If there’s only a handful of voting members, the common parliamentary procedure can expedite the voting process. The same goes … Continue reading

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Big Ten Still Big in Research and Development

It’s time once again to revisit why the hell I’d choose the Big Ten as the conference to follow for science and research stories. Besides the obvious reasons that I’m from Ohio, went to Ohio State and Indiana, and worked … Continue reading

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Though Weak, Iowa Study Says More Casinos Doesn’t Mean More Gambling

Just before I moved out of Lansing, Michigan, the city was attempting to sell land downtown to an Native American tribe in order for them to build a new casino. The responses to the proposal were predictable. The local government … Continue reading

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Hardy Cancer Cells Make Easy Targets

Your blood vessels aren’t necessarily the nice, smooth, gentile environment you think it is. As blood gets pumped through the tiny tubes, laws of fluid dynamics dictate that the blood doesn’t pass through uniformly. Instead, friction keeps the liquid by the vessel walls traveling … Continue reading

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Incredible Patient Gives Insight to Human Consciousness

If I’ve learned anything by writing this blog – and if you’ve learned anything by reading it – it’s probably the hammered-home fact that the brain is one complex bugger. A network of neural nets link major hubs in a … Continue reading

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There’s That Little SOB! (Higgs)

Nearly six months ago, I penned a blog post about the Higgs boson, the final remaining undiscovered particle of the Standard Model, often referred to as the “God particle.” At the time, there was a slight bump in the data … Continue reading

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Compound in Apple Peels Found to Add Fat; Don’t Worry, it’s the Brown Kind

Back when I was much more lazy about writing on this blog than I am now, I usually maintained a rather large queue of research articles to write about. One day, I became incredibly depressed by just how many were … Continue reading

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A Milestone for Big Ten Science

Well, this is a bit unexpected. For as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a running list of potential research stories to write about for this blog. It’s always been at least 10 items long, sometimes extending up into … Continue reading

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Big 10 Schools Remain National Powerhouses… in Science

If you’ve ever checked out the page on this blog entitled, “Why the Big 10?”, you’d know that when I began this blog, five of the top ten public research institutions are in the Big 10 (as measured by fiscal … Continue reading

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So What the Hell is this Higgs Thing and Why the Hell Can’t Anyone Find It?

So perhaps you’ve heard of this thing called the “God particle” at some point during the past 10 years. It might have been in an article explaining why the behemoth particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was being built … Continue reading

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