Month: February 2018

Improbable Science: The Ig® Nobel Prize

Improbable Science: The Ig® Nobel Prize

When you think of scientific research that is worthy of international recognition, 10 trillion dollars, and a prize handed out by Nobel laureates, you are probably envisioning high-impact research that helped revolutionize its field. Unfortunately, the international recognition is not for the right reasons, the…

Epigenetics: The Software of the DNA Hardware

Epigenetics: The Software of the DNA Hardware

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an amazing endeavor to map the full human genome, and so intense an effort that it required an international collaborative research team. One of the ultimate goals of this project was to shed light on human diseases and find…

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

There is a trend with recent natural disasters: out of the media, out of mind. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria all had major impacts on the US in 2017 (and yet I could only remember 1 of 3 names off the top of my head!).…

Space Travel is Possible with the Sound of Light

Space Travel is Possible with the Sound of Light

Technology moguls dream of human colonies on other planets. For this dream to become reality, science needs to develop new spacecraft capable of transporting people and cargo to the outer reaches of our galaxy. Another challenge is how to find a route to these other…

New Year, New Discoveries in Alzheimer’s Research

New Year, New Discoveries in Alzheimer’s Research

 Alzheimer’s disease is both debilitating and fatal. Its associated memory loss is more than a sign of normal aging, and Alzheimer’s is a leading cause of death in the United States. While the pace of Alzheimer’s treatment research is impressive, it is mirrored by a…

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

The month of February is a big month for hearts. Between Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, you cannot escape heart-shaped decorations and reminders to exercise daily. And while many of us are fortunate that our heart health can be maintained through diet and exercise, there…

Cloned Monkeys: Another Human Creation

Cloned Monkeys: Another Human Creation

Cloned primates are here! Over three decades have passed since the birth of Dolly, the sheep, scientists have now tackled cloning mammals that are even closer to us on the evolutionary tree: macaque monkeys. What does this mean for a society that witnesses dramatic changes day…

Why is the Flu such a Big Deal?

Why is the Flu such a Big Deal?

With each flu season comes a bombardment of new advertisements reminding people to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is free to most and widely available, yet almost half of the United States chooses to forgo the vaccine. When Ebola emerged, there was 24 hour…

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Three years ago, I moved from California to North Carolina for graduate school, an experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone in more ways than I expected. The most discomforting was feeling very different from my colleagues. For example, my identity as a woman of color became…

Bonnethead Shark: The Newest Veggie Lovers of the Sea

Bonnethead Shark: The Newest Veggie Lovers of the Sea

Vegetarian sharks. If you love a cheesy sci-fi movie as much as I do, the word shark probably brings a few images to mind; swimmers rushing to shore, a huge, hungry, Great white, ready to devour anything in its sights. You may have even started…