It’s a windy, cold, and dark Halloween this year. You may be staying inside, or you maybe travelling. In either scenario, set the perfect eerie tone tonight by playing the audio version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. This is the chilling childhood original. The version with the skull smoking a pipe cover by Stephen Gammell. Click the link, if you dare…
I’m not going to lie, the snow certainly has some nerve to arrive this early in the season. But since it’s here, we should look at the chemistry behind snowflakes. Let’s learn some SCIENCE!
Hey, where are you going? This is cool, I promise!
According to the American Chemical Society, all snowflakes start as a humble dust particle encased in ice and are individually shaped by the temperature and environmental conditions as they fall to the ground. It’s the variety in conditions that lead to the incredible differences seen in each flake.
Researchers have even developed a camera that takes multi-angle photographs of single snowflakes in free-fall to produce 3D images and measure fall speed. Understanding snowflake mass, diameter, and fall speed can improve cold weather forecasting models.
Individual snowflakes might seem harmless, but when they get together they can really pack a punch. Scientists studying earthquakes in California found that accumulated snow and water can deform the earth’s crust, leading to increased seismic activity. That’s some powerful snow.
In this talk, Dr. Rush outlines how cyber attacks against critical infrastructure can impact the supply of gas, water, and electric grids. Cyber-attacks are usually thought of as directed against information, such as compromise of passwords, access to financial information, or theft of information. The focus of this talk is on the need to increase the level of protection on critical infrastructure. The issue is viewed from the attacker’s point of view and outlines the physical impacts of a successful attack. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.
Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, has been named a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her services to literature by Queen Elizabeth. This is an award given to those with outstanding achievements in the arts. The Testaments was also awarded the 2019 Booker Prize, sharing the honor with Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. The sharing of this prize has caused a controversy, as the rules state that the prize may not be divided. The chair of the judges revealed that it was a unanimous decision to split the prize.
In 2016, Hulu began production on the dystopian drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Atwood’s 1985 novel. The show has received critical acclaim and has so far released three seasons. Don’t have Hulu and still want to catch up? You can find Season 1 and Season 2 here at the library!