Science Metaphors: Hysteresis

My first encounter with the word “hysteresis” was ten years ago when I was editing a particularly difficult electrical engineering feature. That story was one of my favourite I’ve ever worked on, the wild first-person account of the researcher who had unearthed an ancient prediction of a fourth circuit design element, foretold by the laws […] …

Science Metaphors: Hysteresis

Science Metaphors (cont.): Isostatic Rebound

Science, every now and then, interrupts its usual flow of thick, painful jargon to speak in metaphors that reveal the poetry at its soul and lay out a clear path to meaning in life.  I’m serious here. I twitter-follow an author named Robert Macfarlane, whom our Michelle also likes, and who posted his phrase of […] …

Science Metaphors (cont.): Isostatic Rebound

Colder than Antarctica?

During the descent of the most recent polar vortex, you probably heard that the Midwest was colder than Antarctica. And it was! But then, the Midwest usually is, this time of year. The comparison “colder than Antarctica” makes sense on a visceral level. If the temperatures are below zero and the windchills are in the […] …

Colder than Antarctica?

The Journal of a Middle-Aged, Middle-Management, Sub-Atomic Particle

It’s been a rough couple billion years. I don’t know why, I just haven’t been feeling the same way as I did in the billions of years after the Big Bang. Back then, being a quark meant something – it had weight you know? Muons and leptons took you seriously, electrons wanted to get together […] …

The Journal of a Middle-Aged, Middle-Management, Sub-Atomic Particle

Redux: Science Metaphors (cont.): Arctic Resignation

The Svalbard archipelago, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, is famous for its polar bears, but it is also home to the distinctive (and distinctively adorable) Svalbard reindeer. Shaggy-haired and stubby-legged, the Svalbard reindeer is not only the world’s smallest subspecies of reindeer but also the world’s northernmost herbivorous mammal, and its survival […] …

Redux: Science Metaphors (cont.): Arctic Resignation

Redux: A Death In the Forest

Note: This post originally appeared in December of 2016. I find a stick and use it to break up the dry twists of coyote scat I have found on the trail. Shit is nature’s obituary page. In each pile are the traces of lives recently lost. In this particular excreta I find a sprinkling of […] …

Redux: A Death In the Forest