| Dec 25, 2012
| 5:51 PM
When students in River Hill High School's Advanced Computer Science classes entered a worldwide high school robotics competition last year that involved programming International Space Station satellites, they figured their chances of winning were...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Howard H. Seliger, a retired Johns Hopkins University biology professor who fulfilled a childhood fascination with fireflies by later investigating the science behind their light-making properties, died of coronary artery disease Dec. 20 at his Mount...
| Dec 1, 2012
Room 110 of Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy bears a special name on the placard outside: Rocket Room.
Inside, tiny screws, metal clamps, screwdrivers, power drills and colored zip ties cover tables and shelves, the...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 2:50 AM
I had always wished that my great-grandmother, who lived in Maryland during the Civil War, had written some personal notes as to what it was like for her at the time. They would be especially interesting for us now. With that thought in mind, I wrote some...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 8:08 AM
It has been a fallow interval at the blog because of some hectic days at the paragraph factory, domestic exigencies, and the like, but I am back today to advocate, in my small way, sanity.
Immediately after the late election, the outbreaks of...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 10:16 AM
Scientific research is like running a marathon, said Gloria Jacobovitz: The hours are long and the work is hard, but a discovery is like crossing the finish line.
"It's a rush when you discover something," she said. "When you find out something you were...
| May 5, 2011
| 1:52 PM
Sydney Wynne "Syd" Porter Jr., a noted physicist and radiation expert who was called to Three Mile Island, Pa., in 1979 after an accident destroyed a reactor in what proved to be the nation's worst nuclear incident, died April 23 of lymphoma at a...
| Jul 14, 2011
Jennifer Frank, of Reisterstown, daughter of Timothy and Jamie Frank, and a graduate of Garrison Forest School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University.
Stephen Wilkes, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student at...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 5:12 PM
John Sampson Toll, a gifted physicist and founding chancellor of the University System of Maryland, died Friday of heart failure at the Fox Hill assisted-living Facility in Bethesda. He was 87.
Dr. Toll, an indefatigable worker who led three institutions...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 8:32 AM
What lies at the center of that giant ball of gas we call Jupiter? When you cut through the incredibly dense atmosphere of Venus, what's happening on the planet surface?
These are the questions that dance in the mind of Johns Hopkins University student...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 5:49 PM
Jonathan Biedron didn't bother complaining the first time he noticed a difference between the price he was charged for office supplies and the figure posted on the shelf.
But when it happened repeatedly — and always in the store's favor —...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 5:05 AM
As a change of pace from our usual Naughty Business of the Week posts, I just wanted to direct readers to my story today about the inspectors from the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Weights and Measures program.
You may recognize the orange...