Category Archives: science

Buzz… Buzz… New Bees at Robbins!

Our Friends at Best Bees paid us a visit yesterday and restocked our hives. Our colonies did not make it through the winter, due to varroa mites. This is a common mite that weakens the immune system of bees, making winter … Continue reading

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Beehives at the library, bzzzzzzzzz

This week, we installed two beehives on the (outdoor!) third floor balcony of the library, overlooking the garden between the library and Town Hall. These bees will support the flowering plants in the garden, but don’t worry, they won’t come … Continue reading

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Sci-fi fans in the library: recommendations from readers

The science and sci-fi book and author recommendations continue to stream in. Mentioned recently: Anne McCaffrey Ben Bova Isaac Asimov Lois McMaster Bujold (A Civil Campaign) Madeleine L’Engle (A Swiftly Tilting Planet) Rick Yancey (The Fifth Wave) Chris Beckett (Dark … Continue reading

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Everything you think you know

Humans are amazing. But we are very often wrong when we think – when we know – we are right. The example above easily illustrates how our powers of perception can mislead us. (Click on the image to see the … Continue reading

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“Time is an illusion.”

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” —Douglas Adams The suggestions of favorite science and sci-fi books have continued to pour in from Arlington readers. (See the first batch of suggestions here.) Clearly, there are some science and sci-fi fans … Continue reading

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O brave new world, that has such people in’t

We asked and you answered – lots of Arlington readers have favorite science and sci-fi books to share! Here are some of the recommended titles we collected from the adult summer reading display table after just one week: Stranger in … Continue reading

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I’ll take SCIENCE for five hundred, Alex!

This year’s summer reading theme is SCIENCE! The adult summer reading program (what, you thought kids and teens got to have all the fun?) kicks off today, June 2. Visit our display table on the first floor of the Robbins … Continue reading

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D-Lab: Design, Dialogue, Duct Tape with Amy Smith of MIT

On Wednesday, May 29 the Friends of the Robbins Library and Science for the Public will present D-Lab: Design, Dialogue, Duct Tape, a program featuring Amy Smith, Founder and Director of D-Lab. This past April the Women of the Harvard … Continue reading

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New baby animals at local zoos

The blizzard wasn’t the only exciting thing to happen during the blizzard: a baby zebra was also born at the Franklin Park Zoo! Four days after the baby zebra (dubbed Nemo in honor of the storm) was born, a baby … Continue reading

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Awfully big thoughts for a Friday.

Want to feel both amazement and anxiety on a Friday?  Sure you do! What we’ve got at the Robbins: Stuff on Population Stuff on Human Evolution  

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