Category Archives: Science news

Ed Yong’s Microbiome book now videos!

My favorite popular science book of the year, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES by British science communicator Ed Yong (my review here), is now being adapted into a series of YouTube videos. This book is all about the microbiome–microorganisms that live in … Continue reading

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Got yard? Habitat Network citizen science to help wildlife

This press release came to me and really caught my eye. Habitat Network is a new digital platform with an important goal: to help people make better use of land in urban areas in order to provide habitat for wildlife. … Continue reading

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Ebola: The end of the world as we know it? I hope so. (Part 2)

Aragorn: Are you frightened? Frodo: Yes. Aragorn: Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you. My fellow Americans: It’s not a question of “if.” It’s a question of “when.” I don’t mean an Ebola epidemic on our shores. I … Continue reading

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Ebola: The end of the world as we know it? I hope so.

Like a thunderstorm awakening sleepers on a gentle summer night, Ebola is rousing America. It’s about time. For most Americans, the idea of a person dying from an infection seems almost quaint, like getting scurvy or freezing to death on Donner … Continue reading

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A blacklight in the darkness: The science of Glowsticks & Halloween lights

‘Tis the season for eerie lights. At Halloween you’ll see glow-in-the-dark face paint, creepy decorations shining ghostly green under black light, and glow sticks dangling from the necks of trick-or-treaters. These lights are different from sunlight or ordinary light bulbs. They’re … Continue reading

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Paul McEuen on the future of nanotechnology

Paul McEuen wrote one of my favorite 5-star science thrillers, Spiral (click for my review). Spiral combines cutting-edge science in nanotechnology, micro- and molecular biology, and world history in a real page-turner set at Cornell University. It even has a … Continue reading

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The human microbiome: What is it?

Science journalist Ed Yong addresses an audience for the BBC in this 15 minute discussion of the microbes that make us what we are. For general audiences. If you don’t know what a microbiome is, or you’d like to hear … Continue reading

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Time to get your flu vaccine (note: I didn’t say shot…)

‘Tis the season… Viral influenza type A, HxNx, otherwise known as “The Flu“, is a seasonal worker.  Flu spreads around the world every year, striking primarily in the winter months.  That means Thanksgiving season is the time to get your … Continue reading

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