William Nicoll Staffwriter

Class of 2007


  • How Things Work: Phrenology

    Don?t you wish you had lived in the 19th century? So many great things were happening: The postage stamp was invented, Emily Dickinson was sitting in her house for most of the century, and millions of heads were analyzed by practicing phrenologists. Thomas Edison, one of the great inventors of our time, said, ?I never knew I had an inventive talent until phrenology told me so. I was a stranger to ...

    SciTech | April 18, 2005
  • How Things Work: Beaches

    Soon, summer will arrive. Many will spend their summer at the beach, tanning on towels, body-surfing the breakers, or enjoying a game of barefoot volleyball. We often take our beaches for granted, though: Before you curl your toes into the warm beach sand or run splashing into the water, take a moment to partake in the wonderful world of coastal formation!
    Coastal formation occurs on several scal...

    SciTech | April 11, 2005
  • How Things Work: Shampoo

    Millions of years ago, man was covered in hair.
    With so much hair to go around, it wasn?t given much attention. Cave-dwellers were covered in a matted, oily hairstylist?s nightmare. Over the years, evolution has caused our hair to recede all the way to the tops of our heads.
    Today, many cherish their hair as if every day would be its last, and an entire industry of hair care products has sprung ...

    SciTech | March 28, 2005
  • How Things Work: The Ice Cycle

    by William Nicoll
    Junior Staffwriter

    SciTech | November 8, 2004
  • How Things Work: The Mail

    One of the great boons our country has enjoyed in modern times has been the speedy delivery of mail. This has been made possible by the steady advance of transportation technology, processing techniques, and the United States Postal Service?s pledge to provide ?prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas.?
    Origin-to-destination delivery times for transcontinental mail traveli...

    SciTech | November 1, 2004