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A Berry So Shiny, It's Irresistible (And Inedible)

Sep 11, 2012

That fake fruit in the wooden bowls that hotels love to decorate their lobbies with never looks quite right. No, apparently it takes nature to make a fake that looks even better than the real thing.

The science of baseball: a conversation

Apr 13, 2012
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Today is the Cardinals' home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

For St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra, baseball season means it’s time to talk about the science behind America’s national pastime.

And Washington University aerospace engineer David Peters was happy to join in.

Commentary: Trust, but verify

Oct 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - Though Ronald Reagan never claimed to be a scientist, he succinctly summarized the foundation of all scientific inquiry when explaining his position on arms negotiations with the Soviet Union: trust but verify.

Commentary: End of the world postponed

Sep 17, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 17, 2008 - As an inveterate columnist, I'd never allow a trifling detail like virtual ignorance of the subject matter to interfere with an insightful commentary. That said, let's proceed to today's topic, which just happens to be sub-atomic nuclear physics.

The issue is the CERN Large Hardon Collider (LHC) buried some 100 meters beneath the Swiss-French border. The question is whether experiments under way will result in the total destruction of the Earth. The short answer to that one is "probably not."

On Science: A summer physics lesson as taught by Albert

Jun 17, 2008
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 17, 2008 - Energy is such a natural part of life that its contribution to the fabric of our days can often go unnoticed. Sometimes, however, its impact cannot be ignored. Nowhere is this more true than in the ultimate sports act, hitting a home run.