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My Kind of Town: Eureka Takes Its Final Bow

So, the triumphant return of <insert favorite summer cable series here> is great and all and Ima let you finish, but it was the end of an era at the SyFy Channel Monday evening, when the final episode of the quirky dramedy Eureka aired -- a.k.a...

July 18, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Well, shoot! I've been completely caught up in book writing, the "definitely maybe" discovery of the Higgs boson (or a "Higgs-like particle"), and the discovery of one strand of the dark matter filaments thought to connect galaxies and help shape the universe...

July 5, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

It's a Small World After All

Conventional wisdom states that it's all about who you know, although conventional wisdom is typically vague on pesky details like actual mechanisms.

June 28, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

The Photon Has Two Faces

[ Note: I am in the final throes of book writin', which will be all-consuming for the next several weeks. So Jen-Luc Piquant has jumped into her personal TARDIS (it exists in the virtual world, okay?) and brought back a 2007 post on particle/wave duality for your reading pleasure -- lightly edited and updated with a new lede...

June 27, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Snap! Crackle! Pop! What Rice Krispies Has To Do With Glass

My name is Jennifer, and I am completely addicted to Nature's Path Flax-Plus brand of pumpkin/flax granola. Seriously addicted. As in, I eat the stuff straight out of the box, no accompanying soy milk, no nothin'.In fact, I have to exercise considerable restraint not to down the entire box over the course of a single day by taking "just a nibble" here and there...

June 23, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tell Me No Lies

I'm tired of the stories that you always tell Shakespeare couldn't tell a story that well You're the largest liar that was ever created You and Pinnochio are probably related -- Too Much Joy, "That's a Lie" There's an amusing video clip circulating this weekend of late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel subjecting some poor kid named Blake to a fake lie detection machine -- ably aided in his task by the pinkified "Truth Fairy." Blake gamely answers whatever question Kimmel puts to him, but the "feedback" -- in the form of a blaring noise signaling the detection of a lie -- is administered pretty arbitrarily...

June 16, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Sic Transit Venus

One brisk wintry day in 1639, a young man named Jeremiah Horrocks -- barely 20 -- set up a telescope in his quarters near Preston, England and focused an indirect image of the sun onto a small card...

May 25, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

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