What does my knit sweater have in common with an avalanche?

Avalanches don’t just happen on mountains! Scientists use the concept of an “avalanche” to describe other phenomena that evolve in similar ways, such as forest fires, a stock market crash, or solar flares. In a recent paper released on arXiv, French physicists made the argument that knit fabrics also behave in this “avalanche” fashion. ThisContinue reading “What does my knit sweater have in common with an avalanche?”

Blood of Komodo dragons could provide antibiotic alternative

(Note: I initially wrote this piece for a workshop at ComSciCon-PNW 2017) In January of 2017, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a much more frightening Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report than usual: a woman in Nevada had perished from a bacterial infection that no antibiotic in America could fight. Doctors administeredContinue reading “Blood of Komodo dragons could provide antibiotic alternative”