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home-made plasma cleaner

I really want a plasma cleaner, for cleaning coverslips and activating glass for PDMS bonding, but they cost thousands of dollars. I thought that was a lot of money for a glorified microw...


Researcher as Teenager: Parsing Danah Boyd’s It’s Complicated

I have a distinct tendency to see everything through the lens of what it means for research communities. I have just finally read Danah Boyd’s It’s Complicated a book that focuses on how ...




Scripps president leaving?

I wonder where the Scripps president is going?



After all that… not bad

Yesterday, I highlighted the lead up to a potentially significant severe weather outbreak in the Dakotas and Minnesota yesterday. It was a little circuitous, and very clear that there was...


Back In The 90's

We're finally back in the 90's after more than a week where temps dropped into the upper 60's for actual high temperatures! It felt hot today.JULY 22 ALMANAC:Records: Hottest: 100° i...



The Summer Issue of Chemical Heritage Magazine is Here

Chemical Heritage magazine has escaped from captivity yet again. This time it has crime in mind. If you have an appetite for detective stories or obscure poisons you’ll find much to che...



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The crazy evolution of a thunderstorm outlook

There is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms today from the Dakotas to northern Minnesota. How we got to this point is rather circuitous. Let’s take a look at the past 24 hours...






Summer Makes It's Return

I'm sure you've noticed the increase warmth today (Sunday) across the area. We've been as warm as 85° this afternoon. Some have seen a few stray showers and thunderstorms, but nothing com...