Question and answer: 2018-11-24

1. Harley (who told me today that she builds electrical circuits with her dad for fun): How can you make something (e.g. the wire polarizers) thinner than hair? Hi Harley! Keep up with the electronics! It’s how the world works these days! A brief diversion:...

France bans neonicotinoid insecticides

We can’t keep pouring poisons on our fields and expect to be OK.   This is good: By enforcing the blanket ban, France is going further than the European Union, which voted to outlaw the use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and...

Ravens are smart enough to be paranoid

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/ravens-theory-of-mind The study, published in Nature Communications, found that if a nearby peephole was open, ravens guarded pockets of food against discovery in response to the sound of other birds — even if they didn’t...

Hurricane Florence Potential Impacts

Analysis of Hurricane Florence Potential Impacts: VERY BAD STORM, HISTORIC. Flooding and storm surge will likely render areas uninhabitable for “weeks to months”. Winds may completely destroy sturdy buildings.  ...