ASSOCIATES (2019, November, v. 26, no. 2)


From AIs to Wormholes, ZME Science Makes It Relatable

Michael D. Brooks
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Two years ago, I wrote a review about a site that dealt with science matters and explained them without all of the “mumbo-jumbo.” In this issue of Associates, I will be reviewing another science site that, well, talks about all things scientific in plain, easy to understand language. That site is ZME Science.

You’ll find the latest science-related news stories from the latest in cannabis research, bacterial studies, vaccines and disease control to biofuel development, and algae blooms. There are six categories of interest on the main menu (News, Environment, Health, Future, Space, Feature). At the risk of sounding cliche, ZME Science has something for everyone. From the scientifically curious to those studying or teaching in one of the many fields of science.

Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci proposed and submitted a revolutionary bridge design to Sultan Baiazid II of the Ottoman Empire who wanted to build a bridge connecting Constantinople with Galata? Ultimately, the Sultan chose another design. However, a group of students at MIT recently printed a 3-D scale model of Da Vinci’s bridge. It would have worked had it been built.

Were you aware that around 65 million years ago in New Zealand, a now-extinct penguin grew to over 1.6 meters or over 5 feet tall?

If you’re not in the mood to read all of the articles, you can spend the time looking at pictures. Under the Feature tab is a dropdown menu with links to such areas as GreatPics, AstroPicture, and GeoPicture. In GeoPicture, there are clear images of the blood-red Lake Natron in Tanzania and the shrinking ice fields of Patagonia taken from satellites in space.

If you’re interested in stories a bit more esoteric, click the Offbeat link in the Feature tab and read stories like the one about the university student from Japan who wrote a paper about ninjas. She wrote her paper with invisible ink. Her professor loved it.

And if you’re interested in sharing your expertise in something, there is a link for that as well.