Please Help With My Bottomless Pit Of Science!

Throw me a bone. Maybe there’s a story in something you’re involved in? Is there a concept you can help me explain?

Now that I’m on FoxCT doing science reports most afternoons at 4:00 PM I realize I am staring down a bottomless pit! There’s only so much science I know. I’ve already shown much of my low hanging fruit.

Some of you probably work for companies that delve in science and technology. Throw me a bone. Maybe there’s a story in something you’re involved in? Is there a concept you can help me explain?

I can’t promise to report every story that’s suggested, but I will consider every one.

Maybe there’s something in science or technology you’d like explained? I can do that too.

Please email your suggestions to me or leave them here as a blog comment. Thanks in advance.

11 thoughts on “Please Help With My Bottomless Pit Of Science!”

  1. Hey Geoff, you like photography, why not some info on the different effects from various camera settings? There is still a lot one can do even with a point and shoot camera.

    Good luck!

  2. I’m not sure it would count as science (maybe as technology?), but as I suggested earlier, I think there would be a lot of people who’d find the offset printing process used to produce the Courant to be quite interesting.

    I used to work in manufacturing (actually, the place I worked built printing presses). I suspect that seeing how various machines/manufacturing processes work would be well received. I once had the chance to go through a place that made investment castings – it’s a fascinating process – especially when you consider how many things are made that way!

    So many people today work in an office and have no idea how things are actually made or even how food is produced. If Fox is willing to let you go out on location, there are so many places you could go. In addition to manufacturing, you could go somewhere like a cider mill, or a place where they grind corn meal…

  3. I think it would be interesting to know how the process of coming up with a weather forecast has changed over the last 25 years or so. (I remember when the weathermen would write the forecast on a white board with a black marker – I have no idea what they looked at to get to that point, of course.) It’d be cool to know how many different sources you have now as compared to then – and what the technology adds or changes (assuming you can do that without publicizing proprietary information).

  4. There’s so much research happening right in CT, what with Yale and UConn and the other colleges in the state. I’m sure there’s plenty of professors around who would be willing to talk to you for a few minutes about their work.

  5. OK, here’s one hot off the press. Intel has reported that it will be building its chips with a 3-D “transistor” in the wafer. There are lots of tech news places, even Yahoo! with reports. A simple show and tell on how a chip transistor works, and how the 3-D one differs. It’s actually rather a big deal, considering it’s been 50 years since the “integrated circuit” emerged and all were built essentially the same way until this announcement.

  6. How about explaining why water goes down a drain clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the southern hemisphere? Maybe you could make one of those “tornadoes-in-a-bottle”. That’d be cool.

  7. “There’s so much science I don’t understand” Isn’t that part of that Rocketman song by Elton John.
    What GPS can and can’t do? Everyday chemicals and how they effect us like analyzing the ingredients in common household stuff and explain why they work. How does a hybrid engine work? What’s up with the whole bee colonies dying off thing? is that still happening? Where is my flying car? Why don’t I have a flying car yet? How close are we to a time machine? Why aren’t I living on the moon yet? Do we still use submarines? What do we actually know about the brain? Also….wounded warrior science how mechanics, engineers and physical therapists work together to help people walk or use artificial limbs How does Kevlar work? Donald Trump’s Hair? What is up with that? Some of us have no time to watch the Discovery Channel for this stuff.

  8. Would love to know more about the weather. What the difference between the two pressures. High and low pressures. How doppler radars track storms. What makes it rain.

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