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This New Year’s Eve, Raise Your Red Solo Cup In Honor of Its Inventor, Robert Leo Hulseman

News of the death of Robert Leo Hulseman came during the this last week of 2016. While many of you may not be familiar with Bob Hulseman, most of us have used one of his patented products, the Solo cup.  Solo cups have been around since the 1970s and come in as many colors as … Continue reading

One last peek at retail gas prices for 2016

It is December 30, 2016, the eve of New Year’s Eve! Today’s average price per gallon for regular gasoline in the U.S. is $2.324. As we look forward to a new year, this post provides a quick glance at gas prices for CY2016. The chart below provides a better visual of where retail gas prices … Continue reading

Ebola Virus Update: Promising Vaccine Is on the Horizon

  Last week, as many of you were putting the finishing touches on your Christmas shopping and other holiday activities, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that an experimental vaccine was found to be highly protective against the deadly Ebola virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published in The Lancet. [Ref 1] … Continue reading

NUMBERS: Santa Math for 2016 Package Delivery

We are less than 12 hours from Christmas Day! The last shipment deadline for the three major package delivery service providers – United States Postal Service (USPS), Federal Express (FedEx), and United Parcel Service (UPS) – has come and gone (December 23, 2016) with the exception of few and rare deliveries on Christmas Eve and … Continue reading

Differentiating Between A Job And Meaningful Work

“What is the difference between a cucumber, a tomato and a cabbage? These are three types of vegetables that essentially have nothing else to do with each other.” Mikhail Kotykhov in Quora (Dec, 1, 2015) One of the topics that I will be researching and writing about in the months to come is the changing … Continue reading

If You’re Driving, Going Home For the Holidays Will Cost More This Year

Today’s national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.212 according to AAA. That happens to be the same price as yesterday, however, gas prices have risen about 2.5 ¢ over last week, and 4.0 ¢ since last month. While these minor increases won’t break the bank, the up-tick in prices over the past … Continue reading

Three Notables on Time’s 2016 Person of the Year Short List

You should be aware by now that President Elect of the United States (PEOTUS) Donald Trump was selected as Time Magazine’s 2016 Person of the Year.  A number of news stories and interviews dedicated to this topic have aired or been written since the announcement earlier this week, however, the names of those making the … Continue reading

It’s Computer Science Education Week 2016! How Are You Spending Your Hour of Code?

In 2013, I was introduced to an event called Hour of Code. Code.org was launched during Computer Science Education Week by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi that included a video promoting computer science. Their video became #1 on YouTube for a day, and 15,000 schools reached out to Code.org for help. Since then, what … Continue reading

It’s Official: Names Approved for Four New Periodic Table Elements

News of the official name adoption of four new periodic table elements may be more stimulating to me than to my readers given my background in STEM, chemistry, and chemical engineering. Perhaps I had become so accustomed to seeing the uncompleted seventh row of the periodic table, that it now seems odd that it has … Continue reading