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Don Glass

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Don Glass has worked in public radio since 1966. From 1970 to 1990 he served as Program Manager for WFIU, becoming Special Projects Director and Senior Producer from 1990 to 2005. He has retired from fulltime employment at the University, but continues to host and produce A Moment of Science. He enjoys working with A Moment of Science and learning fascinating new facts.

Recent posts by Don

October 27, 2016


a collection of bananas, some with brown spots

When Good Bananas Go Bad

Have you ever wonder why bananas seem to go bad so quickly?

October 25, 2016


A close-up of a tablespoon of butter melting in a pan.

What’s In Saturated Fats?

We use the phrase "saturated fat" a lot, but what does it really mean?

October 21, 2016


a tuxedo kitten and a tabby kitten with an all-white belly and paws gaze out an open window. The tabby kitten is in a position where it looks like it is looking at the world below.

Humpty Dumpty Wasn’t A Cat

You may have seen a cat fall from a tree or high rooftop. Ever wonder how felines can survive such great falls?

October 20, 2016


A blue background. A woman in the center of the photograph. Most of her is obscured because of a yellow-orange glow caused by a light leakage.


If you look at a bright lamp and then close your eyes, why can you still see the light?

October 19, 2016


On the left side of the screen, a large spider plant. The camera angle is as if someone is looking directly down at the long, green leaves. Next to it is a jar with a much smaller version of the plant growing.

Plants in Motion

Is your houseplant moving or is that just an optical illusion?

October 18, 2016


A bird-of-paradise. Mostly black, but near its neck it is iridescent: red, yellow, green, blue.

Why Birds of a Feather Are What They Eat

Why do some species of birds-of-paradise have such eye-catching plumage?

October 14, 2016


Three neon lights in the shapes of hand. The left is orange-red. The middle is bright green. The right is red.

The Future in the Palm of Your Hand

What does the crystal ball reveal for human evolutionary future? Is it six-fingered hands for everyone?

October 12, 2016


Large storm clouds hover over a small house

Boiling Water Under Boiling Clouds

Why does water boil faster on stormy days rather than sunny days?

October 4, 2016


An orange sky. A large planet in the top corner that is iridescent.

Asleep At The Saucer

What some people perceive as alien abductions might actually be sleep paralysis.

October 1, 2016


Shovel and hole on beach

Leftover Dirt and Empty Space

If you've ever had to dig a hole and then fill it back in, you may have noticed a mysterious thing: there was always a little dirt left over. Why?

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