Science To Life

Karen Ventii

Mobile Phone Ingenuity in Africa

This post from one of my favorite blogs, AfriGadget, highlights interesting ways that Africans are modifying cell phones for their unique technological needs. It is based on the author’s (Erik Hersman) conversation with Jan Chipchase, a design and usability ethnographer for Nokia, who travels around the world to explore how mobile phones are used worldwide…

Communal Drug Testing via Sewage

This NPR report describes how researchers in Oregon have adapted a technique to administer citywide drug tests using sewage. The research team, led by Dr. Jennifer Field, is part of a relatively new field of science called “sewage epidemiology”.

Researchers at Penn State have concluded that satisfactory sexual intercourse for couples lasts from three to 13 minutes, contrary to popular fantasy about the need for hours of sexual activity. They arrived at these conclusions by conducting a survey of U.S. and Canadian sex therapists and published their findings in the May issue of the…

The Uncrashable Car?

The largest road safety research project ever launched in Europe will usher in a series of powerful road-safety systems for European cars. But, in the long term, its basic, experimental research could lead to a car that is virtually uncrashable. Read the rest of this Science Daily article. ICT Results (2008, April 12). Road Safety:…

How to Start a Science Magazine

I recently co-founded a group called the Science Writers Association of Emory (SWAE). It was created out of an overwhelming interest in science journalism and medical writing among Emory graduate students. We were lucky enough to get the support of our Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences as well as the Journalism Department. With…

The March 2008 issue of Nature has a great editorial piece on the current (and future) state of science in news media. The article draws heavily on new information released by The Pew Research Center in a report called The State of the News Media 2008. It discusses the glaringly evident problem of waning science…

The death of a euthanasia-advocate, who suffered from a debilitating cancer that ate away at her face, has re-kindled the debate over doctor-assisted suicide in France. A French law adopted in 2005 allows terminally ill people to refuse treatment in favor of death but stops short of allowing active euthanasia, says this CNN article. Interestingly,…

Solving the drug price crisis

Two MIT pharmaceutical industry experts believe that the mounting U.S. drug price crisis can be contained and eventually reversed by separating drug discovery from drug marketing and by establishing a non-profit company to oversee funding for new medicines. The experts are Stan Finkelstein, M.D., senior research scientist in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, and Peter Temin,…

Interview with me

Bora Zivkovic, my fellow SciBling from ‘A Blog Around the Clock’, was gracious enough to interview me as part of his interview series from the 2008 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference. Check it out here.

Parts of the Southeastern U.S (where I live) have been experiencing severe drought conditions for months. Droughts can have significant environmental and economic impacts on a community. According to this press release, aridity is on the increase across the globe, as is the world population, and it is important that increasingly dry areas should be…