Friday, April 30, 2010

A News Sonnet A Day for April 2010: Index

My goal for National Poetry Month this year was to compose a sonnet based on a science-themed news story each day. Here, in chronological order, is the link-inclusive list of poem titles and the articles that inspired them.

Date: April 1, 2010
Sonnet Title:Crispy on the Outside
Inspired By:"How Deep Fryer Grease Can Become an Energy-Saving Coating for Your Roof" by Smriti Rao at Discover

Date: April 2, 2010
Sonnet Title:Molecules of Song
Inspired By:"First songbird genome arrives with spring" by Tina Hesman Saey at Science News

Date: April 3, 2010
Sonnet Title:Cryosat-2, Orbital Mosquito Hunter
Inspired By:"Hunting mosquitoes from space" by Jonathan Amos at the BBC

Date: April 4, 2010
Sonnet Title:Now You See It...
Inspired By:"Invisibility cloak that generates virtual images gets closer to realization" by Lisa Zyga at PhysOrg

Date: April 5, 2010
Sonnet Title:Military Objective
Inspired By:"Rare frogs find a military home" by T. DeLene Beeland at the Charlotte Observer

Date: April 6, 2010
Sonnet Title:Avoiding the Sugar Buzz
Inspired By:"Bees With an Impaired Insulin Partner Gene Prefer Proteins Over Carbs" at Science Daily

Date: April 7, 2010
Sonnet Title:2010 GA6, Space Yacht
Inspired By:"Asteroid to Fly by Within Moon's Orbit Thursday" from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology

Date: April 8, 2010
Sonnet Title:Gut Instinct
Inspired By:"Gut bacteria in Japanese people borrowed sushi-digesting genes from ocean bacteria" by Ed Yong in Discover

Date: April 9, 2010
Sonnet Title:The Search For Night Life
Inspired By:"Will Saturn's Moon Enceladus Prove a 'Second Genesis'--Confirming Life as a Feature of the Universe?" at The Daily Galaxy

Date: April 10, 2010
Sonnet Title:Unruffled Tuxedos
Inspired By:"Penguin personalizer: Software that allows recognition of individual birds could aid in conservation" by John Platt at Scientific American

Date: April 11, 2010
Sonnet Title:Her Sense of Timing
Inspired By:"A fresh look at Mount St. Helens" by Sid Perkins, Science News

Date: April 12, 2010
Sonnet Title:Watching Their Backs
Inspired By:"Psychiatric service dogs use senses to aid owners" by Carol Ann Alaimo, Arizona Daily Star

Date: April 13, 2010
Sonnet Title:Disorienteering
Inspired By:"Magnetic poles may once have been at equator" by Jeff Hecht, New Scientist

Date: April 14, 2010
Sonnet Title:Floral Rearrangement
Inspired By:"TDZ: anti-ageing cream for flowers" by Leo Hickman at the UK Guardian

Date: April 15, 2010
Sonnet Title:In Development
Inspired By:"Freeing human eggs of mutant mitochondria" by Alla Katsnelson in Nature

Date: April 16, 2010
Sonnet Title:Power Plant
Inspired By:"Stanford Scientists Harvest Electricity From Algae Photosynthesis" by Brit Liggett at Inhabitat and "Stanford researchers find electrical current stemming from plants" by Gwyneth Dickey at the Stanford News Service

Date: April 17, 2010
Sonnet Title:Breathless Find
Inspired By:"Oxygen-Free Animals Discovered—A First" by Ker Than, National Geographic

Date: April 18, 2010
Sonnet Title:Eyjafjallajökull
Inspired By:"Understanding the split personality of Iceland's volcanoes" by John Timmer at Ars Technica and "Researchers puzzle over how long Iceland volcano will erupt" by Pete Spotts at the Christian Science Monitor

Date: April 19, 2010
Sonnet Title:A Grain of Exposure
Inspired By:"Mercury surprise: Rice can be risky" by Janet Raloff at Science News

Date: April 20, 2010
Sonnet Title:A Project With Teeth
Inspired By:"Beavers Sign up to Fight Effects of Climate Change" by Isabelle Groc in Discover

Date: April 21, 2010
Sonnet Title:A Head For Fashion
Inspired By:"A Brain-Recording Device that Melts into Place" from the National Institutes of Health, via Ariel Schwartz at Inhabitat ("Scientists Develop Silk Implant That Melts Onto Brain’s Surface")

Date: April 22, 2010
Sonnet Title:Equatorial Engine
Inspired By:"Living world: Why the tropics are hotbeds of evolution" by Emma Young, New Scientist

Date: April 23, 2010
Sonnet Title:Inherited Hunger
Inspired By:"Study Links Maternal Height To Children's Health Outcomes" from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Date: April 24, 2010
Sonnet Title:Going the Distance
Inspired By:the 20th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, celebrated at NASA and elsewhere.

Date: April 25, 2010
Sonnet Title:Manipulations
Inspired By:" For ancient hominids, thumbs up on precision grip" by Bruce Bower, Science News

Date: April 26, 2010
Sonnet Title:Current Events
Inspired By:"Scientists uncover deep ocean current near Antarctica" by David Fogarty, Reuters

Date: April 27, 2010
Sonnet Title:Pattern Masters
Inspired By:"Scientists Get Bird's-Eye View of How Cuckoos Fool Their Hosts" at Science Daily

Date: April 28, 2010
Sonnet Title:Shutter Bug
Inspired By:"Merely Seeing Disease Symptoms May Promote Aggressive Immune Response" from Catherine Allen-West at the Association for Psychological Science

Date: April 29, 2010
Sonnet Title:Rules of Virtual Engagement
Inspired By:"Pentagon: Boost Training With Computer-Troop Mind Meld" by Katie Drummond at Wired


Date: April 30, 2010
Sonnet Title:Reflections on 24-Themis
Inspired By:"Asteroid ice hints at rocky start to life on Earth" by Zeeya Merali at Nature and "Water Discovered on an Asteroid -- A First" by Brian Handwerk at National Geographic

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during the month!

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2 Comments:

Blogger libramoon said...

I hope you don't mind that I sent this post to the Seers and Seekers Yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seerseeker/

7:08 PM  
Blogger e_journeys said...

I'm delighted you did, libramoon. Thanks!

11:41 PM  

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