Month: December 2016

The Science of Spice

The Science of Spice

I watched the man at the table next to me begin to sweat profusely. I was enjoying wings with my family, and he had clearly chosen one of the spicier sauces. Why was he doing this to himself?   According to the US Department of…

Is Your Impostor Syndrome Showing?

Is Your Impostor Syndrome Showing?

I was sitting at my kitchen table with a scattered mess of textbooks and notes studying for my first graduate school final.  The white board was filled with incoherent scribbles of chemical structures and electron arrows.  I had hit a wall, and all the thoughts…

Why it Takes Tanks to Separate Two Phone Books

Why it Takes Tanks to Separate Two Phone Books

It can be tempting in science, and in life, to believe that every stone has already been turned, that the most impactful steps in your field have already been made, that there is nothing left for you to discover. This type of sentiment is often…

The Impossibly Ideal Scientist

The Impossibly Ideal Scientist

Beverly Crusher. Roy Hinkley. Emmett Brown. Samantha Carter. Sheldon Cooper. The Doctor. Abby Sciuto. Temperance Brennan. What do each of these scientists have in common? From creating a Geiger counter out of bamboo, to discovering, identifying, and curing a disease in the nick of time,…

What Will A Trump Presidency Mean for Scientists?

What Will A Trump Presidency Mean for Scientists?

The votes are in, and to the surprise of pundits and pollsters everywhere, Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States. However, many scientists are concerned about what a Trump presidency would mean for important issues like climate change and…

Cold, What Is It Good For?

Cold, What Is It Good For?

Winter is officially still three weeks away, although the alternating 30° F nights and 75° F days makes that difficult to remember. The arrival of winter means that it is less pleasant to be outside, there are fewer hours of sunlight, and it is harder…