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Enthusiastic book recommendations! Martha’s savoring the biography of Alexander von Humboldt, the 19th-century explorer, polymath, and naturalist who revolutionized our understanding of nature and predicted the effects of human activity on...

shmoo

shmoo  n.— «Yeast cells don’t have casual sex. Preparations are involved. In particular, the cell must reshape itself, becoming elongated like a microscopic pear. Scientists have a name for a cell in such a state: “shmoo.” The...

tri-tip

tri-tip  n.— «The “Science at the Lake” event will feature barbecue (tri-tip and hot dogs), live music by Threshold, a silent auction, door prizes and fun hands-on science exhibits.» —“Regional Roundup: Scientists invited...

Goldilocks

Goldilocks  attrib.— «This is the hot spot for methylmercury.…You can consider it the Goldilocks area, where sulfides for methylation are “just right.”» —“South Florida Scientists Investigate Toxin Poisoning Fish...

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