Dr. Picklestein

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My daughter is loving all of your videos while away from school !!!!!
Thought you would enjoy- my 6 yr old spotted the snake on our nature walk!
I've been a top fan since we were 2 years old. I love you, cuz!
Check it out! Such a great idea, especially for outreach ( middle school/highschool)
https://www.facebook.com/167184886633926/posts/2319129238106136/
Do you know what type of spider this is? It was on my dogs face when we were running around the foothills. I want to kill it if it’s an invasive specie or return it to the foothills if it isn’t.
Happy Birthday, Henry/Dr. Picklestein!
Wanted to share what I came across in the shop today!
This little guy was crawling around downtown Emmett the other day :)
Congratulations, Dr. Pickelstein, on your receipt of the Foundation Scholar Award in Service!!
My son watching his first Dr. Picklestein video.
Hi Dr Picklestein! My father was a Chemistry professor who loved to teach little kids about Chemistry too. He would love your work and your jokes. We can't wait to meet you at Cole CC. Did you hear about the new restaurant on the moon? It has great food, but no environment.
Happy Birthday brother!

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08/16/2021

I was surprised to see these three little spotted mule deer fawns this evening while taking a walk with my son. It seems a little late in the summer for them to be so small with spots. We never saw the mom. They sure were cute!

08/05/2021

I am blown away by the technology that we routinely carry on our person. Smart phones, smart watches, and portable computers of all kinds. What we have at our finger tips is quite astonishing! Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if our predecessors have had access to what we have today? Below is an image of what I think it would be like….

I am blown away by the technology that we routinely carry on our person. Smart phones, smart watches, and portable computers of all kinds. What we have at our finger tips is quite astonishing! Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if our predecessors have had access to what we have today? Below is an image of what I think it would be like….

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 07/29/2021

Florida’s invasive species that I have caught.
Armored catfish aka plecostomus, Mayan cichlid, and a tilapia.

07/26/2021

This was a photo from my July 20th visit to the Cozy Cottage Learning Center. When one of the little girls saw my lab jacket, she said that I looked like a “lizard”. I found that curious, until I realized she meant “wizard”. Pretty dang funny.

This was a photo from my July 20th visit to the Cozy Cottage Learning Center. When one of the little girls saw my lab jacket, she said that I looked like a “lizard”. I found that curious, until I realized she meant “wizard”. Pretty dang funny.

07/26/2021

The Children’s Museum of Idaho just shared this photo from my last visit to their facility. It was quite a large cloud that I created in their building!!

The Children’s Museum of Idaho just shared this photo from my last visit to their facility. It was quite a large cloud that I created in their building!!

The Biggest Myth In Education 07/13/2021

The Biggest Myth In Education

Over the years, as an instructor, I have heard several students claim to have a certain learning style. In fact I have heard this claim from a bunch of folks through the years.

Is there such a thing as a learning style? From what I have learned over the years, there actually is little if any compelling evidence for learning styles. See this video on the topic of learning styles from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Veritasium. https://youtu.be/rhgwIhB58PA

The Biggest Myth In Education You are not a visual learner — learning styles are a stubborn myth. Part of this video is sponsored by Google Search.Special thanks to Prof. Daniel Willingha...

07/11/2021

Play with air! Another fun video from my experience at the Children’s Museum of Idaho.

07/11/2021

Remember the game Operation? Here is a little video that I took at the Children’s Museum of Idaho of me trying out a giant version of the game.

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 07/11/2021

Friday was a really fun day! I was able to do a Dr. Picklestein show at the Children’s Museum of Idaho. After the show I got a tour of the exhibits. I am sharing some photos of the museum. All I can say is if you live in the Boise area and have kids, you might want to consider visiting this place!!

https://www.cmidaho.org/about-us

The Chemistry of Fireworks 07/03/2021

The Chemistry of Fireworks

It’s that time of year when we explode things to celebrate our country’s birthday. There is a lot of rich chemistry that goes into the production of fireworks. Here is a short video that explains some of that chemistry. There are a few demonstrations as well.

https://youtu.be/nPHegSulI_M

The Chemistry of Fireworks This week Reactions is checking out some firework science. There's a bunch of chemistry that goes on when these guys light up the sky at night. From the sizz...

A Physics Prof Bet Me $10,000 I'm Wrong 07/01/2021

A Physics Prof Bet Me $10,000 I'm Wrong

There is many a time that I have debated with my colleagues on a topic in science. Whether I win or lose that debate, I always win in the end, because I learned something new. One of my favorite people to debate with was my late friend and colleague, Jeff Peloquin. Unfortunately, he passed away unexpectedly in 2009 at the age of 43. Our debates could get quite heated, but not from anger, but passion. They were usually about items that I had heard about, but didn’t really understand. Jeff was often the victor and convinced me of his point of view.

This video reminded me of those times with Jeff. The difference is that we did not wager anything about the outcome of the debate. We also did not consult with Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson. The folks in this video wagered $10,000! I feel quite confident that you will enjoy the 18 minutes 13 seconds of this video. It is really quite interesting and comes from one of my favorite YouTubers. See what you think.
https://youtu.be/yCsgoLc_fzI

A Physics Prof Bet Me $10,000 I'm Wrong A UCLA Physics Professor bet me $10,000 that my video about going downwind faster than the wind was wrong. This video is sponsored by Brilliant. The first 20...

[06/30/21]   As evidence of my extreme case of trypophobia, I just had to take down the trypophobia post from the other day because I can’t stand looking at it!

Powdered Rice Aids in Making Edible Cholera Vaccine 06/29/2021

Powdered Rice Aids in Making Edible Cholera Vaccine

I found this article about producing vaccines in rice to be very interesting.

https://www.medindia.net/news/powdered-rice-aids-in-making-edible-cholera-vaccine-201958-1.htm

Powdered Rice Aids in Making Edible Cholera Vaccine Edible Cholera vaccine made of powdered rice proves safe in phase 1 human trials.

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 06/21/2021

Happy Monday! Here are a few nerdy science memes to start your week off on the right foot!

What makes us sneeze? 06/17/2021

What makes us sneeze?

What is the biological basis for sneezing? This article describes research that made some progress in understanding sneezing.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/wuso-wmu061421.php

What makes us sneeze? What exactly triggers a sneeze? A team led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified, in mice, specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex. Better understanding of what causes us to sneeze -- specifically how neurons behave in response to a...

06/15/2021

Can you see it? I am rather amazed at the camouflage employed by the wild critters of the world. I took the photo with my phone two winters ago. Put the animal that you saw in the comments.

Can you see it? I am rather amazed at the camouflage employed by the wild critters of the world. I took the photo with my phone two winters ago. Put the animal that you saw in the comments.

06/11/2021

This is a picture that I recently took with my Uncle Camille. During my COVID-19 induced hiatus from science demos, we partnered on teaching science to his grandkids. What made this pretty interesting is that his grandchildren, he and I were in three different states. We used Zoom. During the times I joined in, they also invited some other kids to participate. I got to teach and demonstrate phase changes. Thank goodness for distillation glassware and liquid nitrogen!!

This is a picture that I recently took with my Uncle Camille. During my COVID-19 induced hiatus from science demos, we partnered on teaching science to his grandkids. What made this pretty interesting is that his grandchildren, he and I were in three different states. We used Zoom. During the times I joined in, they also invited some other kids to participate. I got to teach and demonstrate phase changes. Thank goodness for distillation glassware and liquid nitrogen!!

06/11/2021

Below is an image taken with a scanning microscope. It’s little things like these that are making me feel pretty miserable at times these days. I suspect that some of you all are feeling their impact as well. What is seen in this image?

Below is an image taken with a scanning microscope. It’s little things like these that are making me feel pretty miserable at times these days. I suspect that some of you all are feeling their impact as well. What is seen in this image?

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 06/10/2021

Today I learned that garter snakes are actually mildly venomous (rear fanged venomous). This something that was only recently discovered in the early 2000’s. Apparently the venom is neurotoxic, but is relatively mild and produced in very small quantities. As a result, it has little if any effect on humans. I have allowed garter snakes to bite me on many occasions. I never had a reaction. So, to celebrate my new knowledge, I took a snake catching break at work today and caught this beauty. It was a very docile and easy to handle snake - no bites. I returned it to the very spot I caught it.

Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0- The Walnut Heist 06/04/2021

Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0- The Walnut Heist

My friend Lisa shared this video with me. It explores the ingenuity of squirrels. I am one who loves to watch squirrels. I even have a squirrel feeder in both my front and back yards. This is a really cool video that I suspect you will enjoy.
https://youtu.be/DTvS9lvRxZ8

Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0- The Walnut Heist I bit off more than I could chew. Join me this summer in my Creative Engineering class!! https://Monthly.com/MarkRoberNEW Phat Gus Merch here!! https://mark...

Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method 06/02/2021

Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

Among the popular chemistry emphases at Boise State is our forensic chemistry emphasis. Lots of people are extremely interested in the use of science to solve crime. I am interested in the area myself.

An emerging tool in the crime fighting arsenal is genetic genealogy. All of those genealogy websites are accumulating lots of genetic information about our population and is a rich source of information for police to find family members of potential perpetrators of crime and then to find their suspect though those family connections. Of course this also causes some ethical considerations as well. In this article, there is a report of laws that are now being enacted to protect the privacy with regard to a person’s genetic information. It is pretty interesting.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/science/dna-police-laws.html

Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method Maryland and Montana have passed the nation’s first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.

French restaurant serves up food of the future: insects 05/31/2021

French restaurant serves up food of the future: insects

This menu may “bug” you. It contain all of the nutrients found in all of the healthiest foods. I have some of these items myself and thought they tasted pretty good. Have you eaten any of these foods? How did they taste?

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/oddly-enough/french-restaurant-serves-up-food-future-insects-2021-05-31/

French restaurant serves up food of the future: insects Laurent Veyet's tasting menu is not for the faint-hearted, but may point to the future of feeding a booming world population - there is a prawn salad with yellow mealworm, crunchy insects on a bed of vegetables and chocolate-coated grasshoppers.

The 11 best NCAA softball pitchers of all time 05/29/2021

The 11 best NCAA softball pitchers of all time

Continuing on with my being astounded by the physics of pitching I now want to share a video of my favorite type of pitching - fast pitch softball. I can watch this all day. How do they throw so fast and with such ball movement underhand? This seems to defy physics. Check this out: https://youtu.be/LaV1eep_VlM

The 11 best NCAA softball pitchers of all time NCAA.com's Michella Chester takes a look at 11 of the best pitchers in NCAA softball history, including Cat Osterman, Monica Abbott and Jennie Finch. Subscri...

MLB Weirdest Pitching Styles 05/28/2021

MLB Weirdest Pitching Styles

As a kid I loved to play baseball. When I was in 6th grade our Walker Elementary School team suffered only one loss. The secret to our success was our pitcher. He could throw a curve ball that was amazing. As proof of his importance to our team is that our one loss occurred when he was on vacation. I was our backup catcher. I got to see his pitching from behind the plate when the normal catcher went on vacation. I really struggled catching the curve balls. To this day I am still impressed with pitching. I love to see everything from the pitching mechanics to how the pitcher can make the ball dip, curve, and dive the way they do. I just came across this video that shows some really interesting pitching mechanics and crazy ball movements. The physics on display here is unbelievable!

https://youtu.be/5m-z7caRrFI

MLB Weirdest Pitching Styles MLB Weirdest Pitching styles Cueto,Sidearm pitchers, crazy looking

How to catch mice with a pop can and a coat hanger. DIY Mousetrap. Mousetrap Monday 05/27/2021

How to catch mice with a pop can and a coat hanger. DIY Mousetrap. Mousetrap Monday

According to Wikipedia, there are over 4400 patents focused on mouse trap designs! I happen to be rather smitten with mouse traps and have quite a few ready to be put into service. One of my favorite YouTube shows is Mouse Trap Mondays. A video is posted every Monday and every Friday of the week. Here is Monday’s video on a very simply but effective trap that you can make at home. Enjoy: https://youtu.be/cbSDy4Ttv98

How to catch mice with a pop can and a coat hanger. DIY Mousetrap. Mousetrap Monday In this video we Catch a bucket full of mice with a simple homemade mouse trap.To see exclusive new content check out my Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.co...

Beverage Demo with Kaptain Kristi 05/26/2021

Beverage Demo with Kaptain Kristi

My colleague, Kaptain Kristy, wanted me to film her demo dealing with beverages. So I did. I really like what she did and think you will enjoy it as well. Just a little bit of spoiler alert, the Coca Cola was my idea! Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/_AtVmiVk0vY

Beverage Demo with Kaptain Kristi

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 05/25/2021

Just finished my second in-person Dr. Picklestein visit today at Village Charter School. I forgot how wonderful it is to hear pure excitement from K-2 grade.

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 05/24/2021

I took this photo of what appeared to be a UFO cloud. Amazed by its shape, I had to take pictures of it and figure out what type of cloud it is. I Googled “UFO cloud” and “lenticular cloud” popped up. I still don’t know what kind of lenticular cloud it is. Any of you out there know? If so, please share.

https://earthsky.org/earth/best-photos-beautiful-lenticular-clouds-around-the-world

Amazing Jellyfish at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha Nebraska. 05/23/2021

Amazing Jellyfish at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha Nebraska.

Last summer I recorded this footage and made this video of beautiful jellyfish swimming. These were at my all-time favorite zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. They are quite amazing!!

https://youtu.be/IqtIln8_0ws

Amazing Jellyfish at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha Nebraska.

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 05/22/2021

As many of you know, I am a big fan of the creepy crawlies that share my space. My daughter recently found this amazing jumping spider. It was the first one that I have seen. It is the red-backed jumping spider, Phidippus johnsoni. It is a female. The males have an all red abdomen with no black stripe.

05/22/2021

Those of you who first expressed your interest in engineering and design using Legos might enjoy this comic that I recently found in our local newspaper.

Those of you who first expressed your interest in engineering and design using Legos might enjoy this comic that I recently found in our local newspaper.

Photos from Dr. Picklestein's post 05/21/2021

Test your chemistry knowledge by seeing if you can get these “humorous” chemistry memes.

05/20/2021

This past weekend I attended a wonderful funeral to celebrate the life of my cousin Amiee. She passed away after an ~18 month battle with colon cancer. Her sisters and brother put together a wonderful tribute to their sister and let me tell you, it was an amazing experience that we all got to share. Though my cousin died young, she lived big and that was made clear this weekend.

In the Charlier spirit there was some humorous moments as well some sadness. And of course there was some teasing. My favorite example of the teasing is when Amiee’s siblings tried to get me to change my name from “Dr. Picklestein” to “Professor Poops A Lot”. I am not going to lie, I did give it some consideration!

This past weekend I attended a wonderful funeral to celebrate the life of my cousin Amiee. She passed away after an ~18 month battle with colon cancer. Her sisters and brother put together a wonderful tribute to their sister and let me tell you, it was an amazing experience that we all got to share. Though my cousin died young, she lived big and that was made clear this weekend.

In the Charlier spirit there was some humorous moments as well some sadness. And of course there was some teasing. My favorite example of the teasing is when Amiee’s siblings tried to get me to change my name from “Dr. Picklestein” to “Professor Poops A Lot”. I am not going to lie, I did give it some consideration!

[05/19/21]   Yesterday I had the privilege of doing my first in-person Dr. Picklestein visit in over a year. I went to Rolling Hills Charter school and let me tell you it was fun!

I did have a difficult time finding everything needed, but was able to manage. I can’t believe it took so long to get back to this point again!

If you are interested in having me come to your school, library, or event, then please send me a request via email to [email protected] or [email protected]. Please remember that I do not charge for my visits. I hope to hear from you soon.

Videos (show all)

Come to campus and see my research student give his research talk tomorrow - the video provides the information.
Water-Trick Wednesday:I just videoed one of my favorite water tricks - it’s a classic.  Watch the video and then contrib...
According to the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, linguistics is “the study of human sp*ech including the units, nature, str...
As many of you may recall, I lost my dog, Rex Racer to lymphoma on January 3, 2019. It was a big loss for me as he was m...
Unboxing of an important Dr. Picklestein prop
I love the dear deer in my neighborhood. Here is a video clip of tonight’s encounter.
Yesterday, I witnessed an impressive attempt by an 8-10 pound bass to steal two 10-11 inch trout that I was reeling in a...
What fun night last night at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science S.T.E.A.M. Camp-in!  My son Luke recorded several s...
Lady Argentum Shooting Hoops Before The Show!

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Department Of Chemistry, Boise State University 1910 University Dr.
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