Posts by L. E. Carmichael


Raymond Gaston Planté

Lightning Under the Hood, Part 2 – The Battery Revolution

Did you miss Part One – Riker’s Race? Check it out before you read today’s post. Every battery has the same basic components: the anode (negative electrode); the cathode (positive electrode); and the electrolyte. There’s also a separator, which ... Read More  

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Things I Love About Joss Whedon: Agents of SHIELD Edition

I love Joss Whedon’s work. I’m one of those people who’s still outraged over the cancelation of Firefly, and laughs hysterically whenever there’s a Malcom Reynolds joke on Castle. I can never be Team Edward, because I will always ... Read More  

Riker Electric Trap

Lightning Under the Hood, Part 1 – Riker’s Race

It’s September 7, 1896, at Narragansett Park in Rhode Island. The first car race ever held on a track in North America is about to begin.  These newfangled horseless carriages are the biggest draw of the State Fair, and ... Read More  

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For the Love of Chocolate, Move Your Shopping Cart!

How many times has this happened to you? You’re on your way home after a long day when you suddenly realize you need a loaf of bread and a quart of milk and some brussels sprouts and a case ... Read More  

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Having a Life: I’m Doing It Wrong

So my Dad has recently moved to the wilds of Vancouver Island, and a couple days ago I called him up for a chat: Dad: How was your weekend? Me: I spent the entire thing sorting out archived emails, ... Read More  

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Of Bean Sprouts and Frogosaurs: (Plant) Life Finds a Way

Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where Sam Neill discovers that the female frogosaurs have figured out how to change gender, leading to the production of baby frogosaurs, which will now endanger all of humanity because “Life finds a ... Read More  

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Images from the Road: A Book Tour in Pictures

The Alberta and British Columbia segments of my Fox Talk book tour are complete, and I’d like to thank everyone who hosted, supported, and came out to meet me. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to ... Read More  

Humpback Whale Migration by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

I’m Back and I Brought Whales!

Unfortunately, I did not personally see these whales, although Tech Support (now also known as “Book Tour Roadie”) saw a humpback one morning while I was sleeping in. Next time I visit Vancouver Island, I’ll try to spend less ... Read More  

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Random Acts of Irony – Volume 1

I have this theory that irony is a stronger force in the universe than gravity. It seems to crop up pretty regularly in my own life, at least, which might be why I tend to pick up on examples ... Read More  

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Because Sometimes You Just Want a Picture of a Cute Cat

This is Ares. What do you think is going through his mind right now? Submit your captions in the comments, and I will blatantly pilfer my favorite to create a Facebook meme. Kidding – I will totally give you ... Read More  

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Evolution – Not Just for Carbon-Based Life Forms Anymore

For the last 20 years or so, scientists have been studying evolution using a new kind of life form – a digital one. Originally inspired by computer viruses, digital organisms (DOs) are programs designed to replicate their own code. ... Read More  

Miracle Max, The Princess Bride

Why Don’t You Give Me A Nice Paper Cut and Pour Lemon Juice All Over It?

This is my Uncle Ted. When I was a kid, he gave me a box of his favorite fantasy novels – the first I’d ever read – and can therefore be blamed for my lingering desire to write some ... Read More  

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Domestic Foxes in Action!

My publisher created this lovely trailer for FOX TALK using video that Brian Dust (also known as “hubby” or, more often, “Tech Support”) shot while we visited Featuring Animals this past February. I’m the one wielding the SLR, but ... Read More  

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Captain Underpants and the Quest for Science Literacy

I’ve been spreading this video around the interwebs since writer-friend Ishta Mercurio first uploaded it to YouTube, because it really is completely perfect. So for this edition of Mad Scientist Monday, here it is again: So what do you ... Read More  

Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication by LE Carmichael Book Cover

The Book Tour Begins!

As I’ll be touring with FOX TALK for the next couple of weeks, a couple of announcements: Blog posts will go up as always, but it might take me a little longer to respond to comments. I’d still love ... Read More  

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The Talk About Fox Talk Contest – WINNERS!

After compiling all the entries in the order received, I used a random number generator to select the winners. And those winners are…. *drumroll* KIM CLEARY – winner of an autographed copy of FOX TALK! PAULA MORROW – winner of ... Read More  

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Last Chance to Enter!

The Talk About Fox Talk Contest ends at 12:01 AM tomorrow – comment now to enter! For commenting inspiration, I offer adorableness: And also this question: If you could have any wild creature as a pet, what would it ... Read More