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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

November 23, 2011

 

So are these guys savory or sweet?

Talking Turkey About Taste

This Thanksgiving, before you dig into your feast, take a moment to learn about how you experience all those different and wonderful tastes!

November 8, 2011

 

In the epic struggle between dogs and cats, who will win the battle for the title of most sophisticated drinker?

Do Cats Rule While Dogs Just Drool?

In the contest of pet superiority - dogs versus cats - who knew that drinking method was even a topic?

November 8, 2011

 

Don't worry, our big blue marble is probably safe from dangerous asteroid impacts in the foreseeable future.

Earth’s Close Encounter

An asteroid will whiz by Earth at 29,000 miles per hour. That could cause a big impact, but do we really have anything to worry about?

October 31, 2011

 

This caterpillar was probably having a pretty good day until these wasp larvae erupted through its body.

Eaten Alive

Nature can sometimes be a scary place, particularly if you are the sort of insect that parasitic wasp larvae enjoy eating - alive!

October 29, 2011

 

Need an excuse to dress up as a mad scientist this Halloween? Here are five!

Get Your (Mad) Science On This Halloween!

Fill your weekend with family-friendly, Halloween-inspired science and math activities!

October 21, 2011

 

That Big, Low-hanging Moon

That low-hanging moon looks like you can reach out and touch it, but it is actually further away than when it is at the sky's zenith, where it looks smaller!

October 17, 2011

 

An orange moon may be associated with Halloween, but the color of celestial bodies is the result of their position in the sky rather than the season.

That Spooky Orange Glow

Why is the moon sometimes orange or red? Why is the sky blue? These questions are closely related!

October 14, 2011

 

Why is that autumn moon so bright? The Earth isn't receiving anymore light than usual, the timing is just different!

The Science Of The Harvest Moon

Why is that autumn moon so bright? The Earth isn't receiving anymore light than usual, the timing is just different!

October 6, 2011

 

The Benefits Of Baby Talk

Do you think it is better to speak to a baby as you would an adult? Think again!

September 29, 2011

 

Are Indiana’s Fish Contaminated By Mercury?

There are lots of good reasons to make fish a regular part of your diet. But rising mercury levels in aquatic ecosystems are worrying scientists.

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