What’s the deal with Climate Change?

What’s the deal with Climate Change?

The latest IPCC report just came out last month, and it does not bode well for the future of our planet. In light of this, why do so many people actively deny global warming and what can we do about it?

A Nutritious Diet: Not What the Doctor Ordered?

A Nutritious Diet: Not What the Doctor Ordered?

Approximately 1 out of 5 deaths worldwide is due to poor nutrition, and doctors are not adequately trained to counsel their patients on improving their nutrition to ward off disease.

A Few Nobel Women

A Few Nobel Women

The most prestigious scientific prize is being awarded this week – the Nobel Prize. Who will win? History tells us not to expect many women among the winners and that points to systemic problems in STEM.

The Science Behind Spitting for your At-home Genetic Test

The Science Behind Spitting for your At-home Genetic Test

Conjuring up two milliliters of spit after not eating/drinking 30 minutes prior doesn’t sound taxing, but give it a try, and you’ll quickly change your mind. Four years ago, I sat in my kitchen wafting the scent of freshly baked brownies into my face in…

Understanding the 2017 Climate Science Special Report

Understanding the 2017 Climate Science Special Report

Earlier this year, the U.S. government released the Climate Science Special Report.  This document describes the state of the Earth’s climate, specifically focusing on the U.S.  If you are someone who is interested in environmental science or policy, you may have thought about reading it.…

Physics Through the Looking Glass

Physics Through the Looking Glass

On Christmas Eve 1956, a woman caught the last train to New York in the snow to report experimental results that would alter the landscape of modern physics forever. Although members of the physics community would initially dismiss her results as nonsense, the evidence would…

Superbug Super Problem: The Emerging Age of Untreatable Infections

Superbug Super Problem: The Emerging Age of Untreatable Infections

You’ve heard of MRSA. You may even have heard of XDR-TB and CRE. The rise of antibiotic-resistant infections in our communities has been both swift and alarming. But how did these once easily treated infections become the scourges of the healthcare world, and what can…

Underground Science at SNOLAB

Underground Science at SNOLAB

The best models of how our world works are incomplete. Though they accurately describe much of what Mother Nature has thrown at us, models represent just the tip of the full iceberg and a deeper understanding awaits the endeavoring scientist. Peeling back the layers of the…

Frog Slime: The Secret to Kicking that Awful Flu

Frog Slime: The Secret to Kicking that Awful Flu

  Got the flu? Time to start looking for your frog prince. Researchers at Emory University have identified a substance that kills influenza, the virus that causes seasonal flu. The influenza-killing substance, called urumin, is produced on the skin of the South Indian frog and…

Fossils That Slumber in the Mountains and the Mud

Fossils That Slumber in the Mountains and the Mud

Over 200 million years ago, a reptile, 11 feet long and 1500 pounds, was prowling about, likely feeling very pleased with himself. Not only did he have four crunchy creatures starting to digest in his stomach, but he had bitten another weakling in the neck…