You Give Me Fever: The History of ‘Normal’ Body Temperature

Unless you’ve been living under a (very, very large) rock, you’ve surely been hearing the discussions about what society does next in regard to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  Although the US is still in the midst of fighting the pandemic, many countries are beginning to emerge from their months-long quarantines.  China has reopened large parts … More You Give Me Fever: The History of ‘Normal’ Body Temperature

Color Discovery: The Newest Shade of Blue is Truly ‘Bluetiful’

The weather here in Kentucky has been particularly wintery for the beginning of spring, and most days I’m longing just to see a blue sky. My desire for spring weather got me thinking about the color blue.  There are so many shades of blue—blue-green, cerulean, sky blue, navy blue, midnight blue, cobalt, denim…the list is … More Color Discovery: The Newest Shade of Blue is Truly ‘Bluetiful’

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Danger of Rain-wrapped Tornadoes

I grew up in southeast Missouri, and while that’s not at the heart of Tornado Alley, we certainly have our fair share of tornadoes.  Missouri experiences about 30 tornadoes per year, with most occurring in the typical tornado season between April and June.  However, Missouri also commonly experiences some tornadoes near the end of the … More Hidden in Plain Sight: The Danger of Rain-wrapped Tornadoes

The Ingenuity of Forensic Science: Using a Household Item to Fingerprint Mummies

I thought I should finally write something that lent to the ‘laboratory’ side of The Literary Laboratory, and since I recently read two stories about individuals who stumbled upon mummified remains in unusual and unpleasant places, I thought that would be an interesting place to begin. As I said, I’ve read two different articles in … More The Ingenuity of Forensic Science: Using a Household Item to Fingerprint Mummies