In this video, from the American Chemical Society, a chemist dressed in a pilgrim costume and a lab coat explains how those pop-up turkey timers work–by cutting one open, and applying the ideal gas laws, of course.
Katherine BourzacI’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco, California, and a contributing editor at MIT Technology Review, where I was previously on staff as materials science editor. I write about materials science, computing, and medicine. My favorite nanomaterial is carbon nanotubes and my favorite quasiparticle is the plasmon. I serve on the board of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I graduated from MIT’s science writing program in 2004.