- Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- December 31
- Neuroscience Ph.D.
Passionate about science education and outreach; enjoys a great discussion about the intersection of science and everyday life
Currently a biomedical researcher at a Harvard University hospital
- Areas of expertise: endocrinology, appetite and metabolism, neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology
Areas of interest: science and art, science and society, science policy, books/films/music, reading great magazines, travel, learning new things and sparking new ideas, gardening/nature
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A dog is made of dog cells, a fly is made of fly cells, and humans are made of human cells....right?
Its not as simple as it may seem. We've known for some time now that the human body is comprised of more bacterial cells than our own human… Read full post »
OS is a unique blogging site. Not only does it attract readers and writers because of its social-networking aspects, but it displays an incredibly diverse array of topics. Personally, I've enjoyed the humorous posts, the foodie Tuesdays and the political commentaries. But OS a… Read full post »
Since 1995, more than 180 species have had their entire genomes sequenced, including the human (Homo sapien). These projects have provided valuable insight into human evolution by comparing our genomes to other species, but have also aided biomedical research which uses mo… Read full post »
Males are XY and Females are XX. You're born as one of the two, and this can not and does not change.
That conventional wisdom is constantly being rewritten, revised and updated as new scientific evidence points to a sexuality spectrum due to easily disrupted gender physiology in utero, a… Read full post »
For round 3, here are some more ways to squeeze a little science into your everyday life (without completely morphing into a geek):
READ: Take a look at The Best American Science Writing series. I recently received a 2009 copy, and marvelled at the wonderful writers who are… Read full post »
LHC image from picasaweb.google.com
This weekend I sat down with the latest copy of Vanity Fair. I often enjoy VF's political and social commentary, but I do not expect to get any sort of science knowledge, whatsoever. I was pleasantly surprised this month to f… Read full post »
fruit bat photo from AAAS
Only human?? If you're like me, you're constantly adding to your mental list of traits that were once attributed only to humans, but now we know they're not unique to homo sapiens. Now, you can add fellatio to that list.
The… Read full post »
photo of heirloom turkey from http://www.offalgood.com/
Thanksgiving is now a day of turkey and feasting. Originally, turkey may not have been part of the first thanksgiving meal, or if it was, there was no resemblance to today's Butterball. And while the thanksgivi… Read full post »
If you've clicked on this link, you've probably already made up your mind about m… Read full post »
Hopefully you'll find here something that will pique your interest, something to provide fodder for a debate, or something that enables you to make an educated guess on a topic science-related.
Lately, I've been discovering free college courses, drinking beers at a lab be… Read full post »
Conflicting medical advice about when and how frequently to pursue mammograms is only one example of mixed messages in the media about science or medical information.
Another subject area with seemingly opposing viewpoints is the consumption of seafood. We hear on one side how beneficial… Read full post »
In the first part of this series, I'll provide my suggestions for things to:
Read: book suggestions, magazines, articles (on line and in print), etc.
Watch: TV, movies, web-based videos, etc
Visit: Exhibits, landmarks, places, locations, etc
Do: hands-on suggestions
Browse: recommended web-resources… Read full post »
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela.
Longfellow, Tennyson, Eliot, Beckett.
Georgia O'Keefe, Martha Graham, Leonard Bernstein, Miro, Calder.
Darwin, Einstein, Bohr, Graham Bell.
The list of esteemed… Read full post »
In perusing the science blogs this week, it seems apparantly everyone has either read (or read a review of) the new attack on the anti-science movement by Michael Specter, titled Denialism. In coining this term for the beliefs of the psuedoscience embracing folk, Specter may in fact be perpetua… Read full post »
The Journal of Evolutionary Biology recently published a study by Smith et al, which used comparative anatomical and phylogenetic approaches to show that the human appendix is not just a vestigal remnant of our evolution, like the tailbone, but is in fact a functional aspect of our gastrointestinal s… Read full post »
Some species are headline grabbers (the honeybee, for instance). Others may garner far less media coverage (certain tree species for instance). But the list of disappearing, endangered, or extinct species is growing. And the causes and implications for humans… Read full post »
Aliquot Blog is an attempt by a scientist to have conversations about science with both scientists and non-scientists.
That sentence alone illustrates one of my many concerns: science can be dry and dull.
Some of the feedback I have received about my posts to date suggests I should make a… Read full post »
You'll find the portable versions in grocery stores and drug stores, and large dispensers are increasingly found in public places. But are hand sanitizing gels more effective than hand washing? And how accurate are the claims that these gels can kill 99% of viruses and bacteria found on o… Read full post »
Body fat is essential for life.
White fat, or the lipid-storing depots found under our skin and around our organs, serves an important energetic and homeostatic role. Dozens of hormones and other factors are secreted from our fat tissue into the circulation, where they serve impo… Read full post »
As part of an effort to gain support for a current Senate climate bill (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h2454/show), President Obama is at MIT today to deliver a speech, and to visit a climate change laboratory. His speech is expected to cover "American leadership in clean energy" in accor… Read full post »
Recently a group of my friends undertook a group 'cleanse'. They didn't shower or bathe together - they all purchased large bottles of Acai pills and followed the bottles' instructions for a week long cleansing of the toxins in their cells... (if you can already sense my skepticism, you're corr… Read full post »
The Endocrine Society (www.endo-society.org) is this country's foremost authority on endocrine-related medicine and scientific research. Therefore, it is with great expertise that the group recently published a collective scientific statement on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), available… Read full post »
In recent weeks, I've heard from more and more friends whose workplaces are considering (or have already put into place) taxes /fees on their pay or health insurance costs - but only if they are overweight or smokers. As a scientist, I think this approach is reprehensible, and here is why:… Read full post »
The makers of the lyme-disease documentary 'Under the Eightball' held its first screening outside of Michigan last week at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA.
This screening was sparsely attended, perhaps due to limited advertisement of the engagement. The film makers, Timothy Gre… Read full post »
The 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three researchers in the U.S. "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase" (for more information, see: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2009/).
The research conducted by… Read full post »