It is such a pleasure to watch a TV show and see the crew get the “tech stuff” right. The TV series Mr. Robot is a great example of showing glimpses of real life hacker tools used for break-ins. Author Hope Jahren has done the equivalent for botany in her new book “Lab Girl“. Hope has built three laboratories to study seeds, soils, flowers and trees. She teaches us how to love her work by summarizing a lifetime of events into a clean narrative. We get to see the inside of elite University Laboratories and investigate exotic remote sites with Hope’s personal stories tying it all together. This is definitely the book to give any high school student that has an interest in the sciences.
“Lab Girl made me look at trees differently. It compelled me to ponder the astonishing grace and gumption of a seed. Perhaps most importantly, it introduced me to a deeply inspiring woman—a scientist so passionate about her work I felt myself vividly with her on every page. This is a smart, enthralling, and winning debut.” —Cheryl Strayed [author of Wild]
“[An] engrossing story of [Jahren’s] love of science and of the adventures she has while pursuing her hunches and hypotheses. . . . Lab Girl instills the reader with an appreciation for botany as well as for scientific discovery. . . . [Jahren] intersperses her memoir with brief, seductive chapters about the remarkable abilities and life cycle of plants. . . . Jahren’s rich language encourages readers to give taken-for-granted greenery a second look. . . . She candidly discusses the gritty details of it all, and it is this honest behind-the-scenes depiction of what a scientific life is actually like that makes her book stand out.” —The Guardian
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.