But not out of the woods

The helium crisis seems to be mitigated for the time being, but while I was reading up on the story, I came across a lot of other stories about scarce resources and the genuine fears that we may run out of critical elements in a surprisingly short time. What will we do without these elements? Technology depends on them. And we thought a world without oil would be tough!

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/news/important-rare-earth-elements#slide-1

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/plutonium-238-problem/

A friend suggested I write about climate change, and I dutifully dug into my science links to get up to speed on the latest.  Three hours later and my head is throbbing!  What kind of hornets nest has he thrown me into.

Any of you with good, non-political sources of info on this field, please contact me.  I need some more data!

The Let’s Keep Shelly Busy Campaign

My dear husband seems to think a mere blog is not going to be enough to keep me occupied for the next few months, so he has kindly and helpfully signed me up for a gym membership, put my name on the volunteer list for the town library, and subscribed me to a knitting magazine. KNITTING! ME! Just imagine. I don’t care if it’s enjoying a renaissance among the hipster maker crowds, I can’t get rid of the image of my nana and her bags of yarn, endlessly putting out mittens for all of us at the commune, like we were poor orphans in a workhouse instead of a functioning alternative family unit.

So no, I won’t be knitting sweaters for penguins any time soon, but the gym looks interesting.  And I can’t say no to the library, it’s a good place to work on the blog!

The nest is empty but the heart is full.

Said goodbye to Betsy today, which was somewhat harder than Lulu’s goodbye last week. She may only be an hour away, but she’s always been the quieter, more independent one.  Saying goodbye felt more of a landmark with her.  True to form, Lulu has already texted and called me, Paul, and her sister with bits of excited, gossipy news about the dorm, the classes, the BOYS. Still wish she’d gone to Wellesley but oh well. “Mom!” I can hear her protests already.  Too much sharing. Whereas I’ll feel lucky if I get a text from Bets before winter break!

Anyways, life goes on for the Atherton-Hayes. I’m starting this new blog to help keep me occupied, still continuing my interest in science, but in more general ways than high school curriculum. What topics interest you? Where’s the buzz in scientific circles these days?