Radio Lab

Radio Lab is a cool science program produced by WNYC.  I don’t know when or where the program airs, because I listen to the podcast.


Walking on liquid

Walking on corn starchWatch the Youtube video 
When I was a kid my mom showed me how much fun it was to play around with corn starch and water.  When you get the mixture right you get this liquid that is not quite a liquid.  When you press your finger into it quickly it seems to turn into a chalky solid. When you leave it alone it will drip and ooze just like a liquid.  I did not know this at the time, but this is what is called a non-Newtonian fluid.Watch more non-Newtonian fluids in action.
 Thanks to Jennifer Ouellette and George Johnson at for the link.

Pennsylvania, Louisiana and points between

After finishing my training in Charlotte, Schneider, my employer, put me in a truck with what they call a training engineer for ten days to two weeks. To be a training engineer (TE) at Schneider you must have three years experience with the company and go through a TE training program. For the last week or so I have been driving my TE’s truck from state to state making deliveries while he supervises me and ensures that I drive safely while I learn the ropes. I did this once before back in 2003, and not much has changed since then. In our time together we made deliveries in Harrisburg, PA, Baton Rouge, LA, Dublin, GA, and Rural Hall, NC. I think we made some other stops, too, but I don’t recall where they were at the moment.I should complete my time with my TE this week and will probably be assigned to my own truck soon.