Science and Technology

Getting Cellular

Cells make up you, your friend, your hamster, and your mom's broccoli surprise. If it's alive or ever was alive, it is made of cells. Space scientists looking for life on Mars are trying to find simple cells-- not little green men, and biologists who search for cures to diseases work with cells. Small as they are, cells determine how life unfolds from its beginning to its end.

It's Elementary! Geometry for Grade School Students

Circles, squares, pentagons, octagons, polygons, angles, rays, points, and lines, there are so many names to learn in geometry. They may sound strange and new, but geometry is all around you. Your computer monitor's surface is more or less a rectangle, your pencil is roughly a cylinder, and, viewed from the top, the cable from your mouse to the computer, is a line segment.  Once you start thinking about geometric shapes, you'll find them everywhere.

3-D Printing Sites Overview

3-D Printing Sites Overview

You might have noticed the success of the Do-It-Yourself movement, which is being headlined by the runaway popularity of desktop 3-D printers. Even our library is getting its feet wet with the Mobile Maker Lab, (click here and select your nearest branch for times and dates). 3-D printing’s popularity is defined by the virtually unprecedented open community that has grown up around it.

Obsolete Tech You're Still Using

Obsolete Tech You're Still Using

Technology rules over us. I remember what made me the object of ridicule and bullying in middle school is now thoroughly ingrained in every aspect of modern life. These days, we’ve shed more digital technologies than we can probably remember, but we’re still using quite a few that are past their prime. Here is a list of my favorites - which ones didn’t you realize were on their way out?  

Best Apps to Zone Out With

Best Apps to Zone Out With

I'll admit it: at the end of the workday, I want little more than to sit in front of the TV and do nothing. This is an indulgence I allow myself far more frequently than I should. Of course, no one just watches TV anymore, do they?  Thanks to wifi, laptops, and now smartphones and tablets, our lazy time is much more engaging. Who said technology has to be productive? Here are my top smartphone and tablet apps to zone out with.

Listen, Look, Learn...Birds of North America Online

Birds of North America Online

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher, a student preparing a report on the state bird of Virginia, or just interested in hearing the real drumming sound of a woodpecker, then Birds of North America Online is for you! In addition to the sound recordings of each bird, there are also photographs and often video clips of each species. Articles about the bird’s appearance, food habits, migration, life cycle and much more are also available.

Tech to Watch from the 2014 CES

Tech to Watch from the 2014 CES

The Consumer Electronics Show is an annual showcase for new and emerging technologies for the consumer market. Some technologies are a few months from the market; others are simply concepts. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to CES in the past, given that a lot of what I saw was obviously just hype. This year’s show, however, had some things that piqued my interest.

Your New Year's Resolutions, Courtesy of Tech Answers

Your New Year's Resolutions, Courtesy of Tech Answers
My goodness, I do hate resolutions. Far too resolute for my tastes. So I'm going to inflict some on you, instead. We're almost half-way through the second decade of the 21st century, a time defined by information technology. The future is here, and it requires a lot of passwords and software upgrades. This is the year you need to start getting your digital life in order.  

If You Enjoyed Candy Crush Saga

If You Enjoyed Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga, the tile-matching clone of the classic game Bejeweled, is the most popular “free” game on Android and iOS. As a hardcore mobile gamer, I'm here to tell you there are far better alternatives to Candy Crush with deeper gameplay, better graphics, and, in a few cases, actual game narratives.

Early Astronomers: Ptolemy, Aristotle, Copernicus, and Galileo

You know, because you've been told, that the Earth revolves around the Sun. You also probably know that planets other than our own have moons, and the way to test to see whether or not something is true is by experimenting. Thousands of years ago, these things were not widely known. The heavens above were anyone's guess, and the way things were was just the way the gods had made them. It was felt there was no need to truly understand them or put them in any kind of order.