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Saint Louis, MO
Freelance Journalist

Freelance writer, dog lover, Coloradan, fan of Mars. Chronicler of night & its inhabitants, from astronomers to bats. Blog: t.co/n8GwaJ8hWz

Bulletproof graphene makes ultra-strong body armour

newscientist.com — Layers of carbon one-atom thick can absorb blows that would punch through steel. Recent tests suggest that pure graphene performs twice as well as the fabric currently used in bulletproof vests, making it an ideal armour for soldiers and police. Graphene is a sheet of single carbon atoms bonded together in a honeycomb shape.

Hibernation Doesn't Affect Memory, At Least For Bats

popsci.com — Sleep deprivation saps much more than your energy. Studies show it also weakens your memory, changing the way we convert short-term memories into long-term ones. But not for bats. This time of year, millions of bats from a spectrum of species are hunkered down in caves, where they'll huddle together for warmth and hibernate through the winter.

6 Surprising Facts About Halloween's Mascots

popsci.com — As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button. SHOW Happy Halloween! If you're celebrating this year, which apparently three-quarters of Americans are, odds are you bought at least one thing with a scary spider or a scary bat emblazoned on it.

Plant Biology Informs the Origins of the Stradivarius

scientificamerican.com — A tomato expert and viola player uses plant statistics to trace the history of the violin ST. LOUIS - By day, Dan Chitwood of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis is a plant morphologist who studies how the form and structure of tomatoes evolves differently as they adapt to new environments.

Bullard worried markets, Fed not on same page on rate outlook

marketwatch.com — In a speech that offered an upbeat assessment of the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said Thursday he is worried about what he sees as disconnect between what central bankers think will happen with monetary policy, and the view held by many in the market.

Fed’s Bullard Worried Markets, Fed Not on Same Page on Rate Outlook

blogs.wsj.com — In a speech that offered an upbeat assessment of the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said Thursday he is worried about what he sees as disconnect between what central bankers think will happen with monetary policy, and the view held by many in the market."I have been a little bit concerned about this.

Bats Confuse Wind Turbines With Trees And Fly Toward Death

popsci.com — At night, things are not always what they seem. When your eyes are adapted for the dark, you rely on other cues to tell you where you're going and what's in front of you - like winds, sounds and tall objects. Sometimes, your senses might be wrong.

Earth gets a new companion for trip around sun

newscientist.com — Add one to the entourage. A newly discovered asteroid called 2014 OL339 is the latest quasi-satellite of Earth - a space rock that orbits the sun but is close enough to Earth to look like a companion.

These Endangered Critters Need Government Help

popsci.com — The fungal disease known as white nose syndrome has been decimating bat populations for almost a decade, taking such a toll that a once-common bat might become officially endangered. The northern long-eared bat is the first bat under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act because of white nose syndrome.

Don't Just Blame Bats for Disease Outbreaks

popsci.com — The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has so far claimed 2,917 lives, by far the worst outbreak of this horrible illness in history. Epidemiologists are still trying to piece together how it started, and bats keep coming up as a likely source. But unraveling this epidemic is not as simple as blaming bats.
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Nov 25, 2014

Is there a hashtag for #Ferguson that actually focuses on Ferguson, MO and #STL?

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ryanjreilly: A lot of good people who live around #Ferguson are going to be out of a job after last night. pic.twitter.com/s3i4E5rnSb

Nov 24, 2014

RT @troyhaydenfox10: There is protest, and then there is crime. Some in #Ferguson are using lack of charges as an excuse to loot and destroy. Enough.

Nov 24, 2014

10 shots out of the car. But he was in fear for his life. I'd love to know the jury's vote breakdown #Ferguson

Nov 24, 2014

RT @joelcurrier: Police arrested man after he threw eggs at county gov bldg. "This is a travesty of justice!" #ferguson #michaelbrown pic.twitter.com/yDhScmTaHl

Nov 24, 2014

McCulloch complains about incessant media coverage yet doesn't mention his office's selective leaks and the effect thereof. #Ferguson

Nov 24, 2014

RT @handsupunited_: The parents of Mike Brown ask for 4.5 mins of silence after ruling announcement, for the 4.5 hrs his body was left in the street. #Ferguson

Nov 24, 2014

RT @nxthompson: Announce the thing people don't want. At night. After a long frustrating delay.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @ericasmith: A reminder that this is not a guilty/not guilty announcement. The grand jury decision will determine whether #DarrenWilson will be indicted.

Nov 24, 2014

Heartbreaking. MT .@Bipartisanism: This is NOT war prep, this is the Nat'l Guard at a grocery store in #Ferguson, MO. pic.twitter.com/uLyDl1ANhW

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