Saturday, August 12, 2006

Of Science Stories

     I have recently read two interesting science-related stories.  The first grabbed my attention with the headline, “Your Purse Could Be Making You Sick.”  My initial reaction was, I don’t have a purse, thank you very much.  But Alaina does.  So do many other people I’m around on a regular basis (yes, they’re all women).  So maybe I should be concerned.
     Why would one’s purse cause sickness?  You’ll have to read the story for yourself, but it makes sense.  The study reveals that hundreds of thousands of germs, if not millions, collect on the bottom of purses, which can then spread to the purse’s owner (and to other unsuspecting people, of course, like me!)  Yuck.  Don’t put your purse on the table!  Maybe I don’t mind Alaina getting a new purse every once in a while.

     The second story is a real eye opener.  In Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle, the father and his daughter always played a game in which they’d ask the other, “Which superpower would you most like to have?”  My pick would always be invisibility.  Ever since I’ve been a child, I have thought it would be so cool if I could make myself invisible :)
     Well, scientists (yes, scientists! not science fiction authors) think that invisibility could be possible!  You can read all about it here, and it’s quite interesting.  And of course, the possibilities are eye-popping!

1 comment:

Jeremiah said...

Hm, I wonder if the same would apply to messenger bags...

As for invisibility, that's amazing.