Diamonds are a scam! They are very common, and rather worthless. One company has cornered the market, controlling how many diamonds are mined and how they reach the consumer. Mining for diamonds is back-breaking work, and the wages are ridiculously low.
Want to know more? Check out the video, and the new diamond lattice structure pendant by Joseph Thiebes, below:
Diamonds are a scam, and it is for this reason I have created the diamond lattice structure pendant. This pendant features the structure of diamonds, formed by carbon atoms in a specific arrangement.
Pick from a variety of materials, including everything from solid gold to white plastic. Shown below is the default material, blackened steel, giving the traditional appearance of carbon atom models.
The piece is about 1.5 inches across. Just loop your favorite chain through the open lattice and put it on. Science jewelry!
Read this new essay about research and critical thinking in the context of the Internet, published in the June, 2015 issue of the Portland Spectrum:
“I would never call myself a chemist,” said Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 recipient Eric Betzig.
Betzig was this year’s speaker at the annual Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series, hosted by the Physics Department at Portland State. During his lecture at Hoffman Hall on May 14, Betzig spoke about his career and his prize-winning work. Read more about Betzig's talk in this article by Joseph Thiebes, and in the video below.
In January, Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies Laboratory (SWEETLab) finished setting up nearly half a million filters and stoves in Rwanda, many of which contain new sensors that communicate their status over the Internet, according to SWEETLab Director and Portland State Mechanical & Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Evan Thomas. Learn more from Dr. Thomas, Kwasi Boateng, and Zdenek Zumr about SWEETLab in this article and video below by Joseph Thiebes.
Check out my latest story on landslides in the Pacific Northwest and the geologists that are working to make landslides more predictable. Here's a video supplement to the story:
Don't miss my interview and short article about the groundbreaking work of Dr. Ken Stedman, whose recent research has uncovered a similarity between HIV and a type of virus that finds its home in acidic, volcanic hot springs.
"For science geeks, this list of locations, events, and shopping ideas is a great place to start celebrating the season of axial tilt in heliocentric style."
Read the whole article by Joseph Thiebes, and check out the photos & video, here: Science Geek Holiday Guide
Here's my story on GMO labeling for the Portland State Vanguard. I wanted to use more from all my interviewees -- but that's the way it goes. I wish I could do a whole documentary! But I had to keep the focus tight and I wanted to get people to see that it's a complex and human issue. That wasn't easy but I think I gave people some food for thought, if not an in depth view.
The video attached to the article is also a big step up in my production quality.
In spite of the repeated claims by activists who oppose biotechnology and GMOs on ideological grounds, GM traits are improving environmental impacts from pesticide (insecticide and herbicide) use. Genetically modified foods have been available in the marketplace since 1996, and in the last 2 decades, pesticide use in the areas where GM crops are planted has been reduced by 503 million kg, and the environmental impact dropped by 18.7%. Here's more from the press release, where you can find a link to the full document:
Last week I produced a video along with a couple of photos and a short news story for the Portland State Vanguard, available at this link. In this multimedia piece, local officers Katherine Flenniken, Moira Gion, and Becky Russo speak about the benefits that the group offers to students, and the goals of their current fundraising efforts.