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Erin Sweany

Erin is a graduate student at Indiana University studying early English medical texts. Erin has studied both science and literature throughout her academic career. She loves science for what it tells us about our world and literature for what it tells us about our culture. Erin combines these interests in her scholarship and writing as much as possible.

Recent posts by Erin

September 25, 2011

 

Four fingers, wrinkled from water immersion

Wrinkles Reconsidered – Why Your Fingers And Toes Wrinkle When Wet

A Moment Of Science revisits the science of hands and feet that wrinkle when wet.

September 23, 2011

 

Red dragonfly at rest

Mosquitoes, Beware! Dragonflies Are In The Air!

Dragonflies, carnivorous insects with amazing hunting abilities, will hunt their prey in swarms.

September 7, 2011

 

Pile of crumpled white notebook paper with one ball of yellow paper

Why Is Crumpled Paper So Strong?

Crumple up a piece of paper. The crumpled ball gets stronger the more it is compressed, why is that?

August 25, 2011

 

Single yellow sunflower in focus, with field of sunflowers behind

Sunflowers: A North American Crop

IU doctoral graduates make the case for an eastern U.S. origin of the domestication of sunflowers.

August 19, 2011

 

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Engage Antimatter Engines!

A satellite has discovered a significant source of antimatter - the Earth's Van Allen belts. This material could literally fuel space exploration!

August 11, 2011

 

A magnified image of a cluster of flu virus, stained green

Results As Good As Gold

Current tests to diagnose influenza are either lengthy and expensive or quick and inaccurate. A new method promises accurate results quickly and cheaply.

August 9, 2011

 

Rusted yellow caution sign with the warning "High Pressure, Gas Pipeline"

Methane In Our Water? A Potential Impact Of Hydraulic Fracturing

A study of water quality near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites suggests a correlation between natural gas drilling and methane contamination of water.

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