McNutt grew up in Minneapolis and spent her childhood summers in a lakeside cabin, where reading was the default rainy day activity. She spent many a morning at a nearby farm, mucking out the stables in exchange for a chance to ride. (She later became an expert barrel racer, a rodeo event that entails galloping around a tight cloverleaf of barrels; speed rather than finesse is paramount.) But perhaps her most vivid memory of those summers involves an old Sunfish that an uncle dropped off for the family’s use. Too impatient to wait for an adult to teach her the fine points of navigation, she jumped into the boat and set sail. “I knew nothing, just pushed off from shore and in no time was out in the middle of the lake,” she recalls. “I could see our cabin, but I had no idea how to get back. Then I remembered reading a Nancy Drew story that mentioned something about ‘tacking into the wind.’ Eureka! I tried one thing after another, and somehow … [Read more...] about Science academy’s new president cleared many hurdles on way to the top
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A sense of being an imposter, she admits, continues to dog her. She still works long hours—"I could never juggle [so] many things," Coe says. "But the older she gets the more worried she gets." In 2013, Chisholm's anxiety about the lab and the future of her Prochlorococcus cultures if she retires was so palpable she began to develop minor health problems. Starting tai chi lessons gave her a new perspective. "I needed to do something to get me out of my head," she recalls. She has also found an outlet, with artist and author Molly Bang, writing children's science books, featuring the sun as the narrator. One tells the story of the "invisible pasture of the sea." … [Read more...] about Meet the obscure microbe that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution
Some companies are working on rapid serological tests that can be delivered at the point of care. SureScreen Diagnostics, for example has developed a testing strip to detect antibodies to the coronavirus in the blood; it works a bit like an at-home pregnancy test, with a paper readout and a colored line to indicate infection. The company touts the test as a way to work around the shortage of the swabs needed for PCR-based tests. But rapid antibody testing likely won't help detect cases early, Pritt said, as it typically takes around 8 days for the body to mount an antibody response to the virus. Serological testing may be useful in some cases where someone has been sick for more than 8 days without access to a test for active infections, she said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus testing is ramping up. Here are the new tests and how they work.
Batman turns 75 this month, so it's altogether appropriate that director Zack Snyder should rock the internet with his new take on the Caped Crusader and the iconic Batmobile. Ben Affleck looks every bit the brooding superhero in the new photo, and the Batmobile already promises to be the beast of a machine fans have been trained to expect since at least 1989. Still, 75 years is a long time, and Batman has had a particularly storied history on TV and in cinema — with plenty of hits and misses along the way. Taking a look back at just a handful of those classic looks should prepare us for what Snyder has in store for 2016. Now we only wonder what all the other superheroes in Batman vs. Superman will look like. … [Read more...] about See the evolution of Batman’s costume in film and TV
The store used to kinda-sorta hide its actual book prices from retail shoppers, forcing them to scan book bar codes either with an Amazon smartphone app or at a store kiosk. That would allow them to see the book's price on Amazon's website. This, of course, was the shop's biggest draw: that buyers could get a book at Amazon prices without waiting for shipping. … [Read more...] about Not Amazon Prime? That’ll cost you at Amazon’s physical bookstores