Archives for March, 2011

Tolerance isn’t easy

Our immune system needs to be on a hair-trigger. When you breathe in a virus or a bacterium enters a cut on your arm, you don’t want to mess around: (disclaimer: most of what George Carlin says in the rest of that clip is not supported by the science (though it’s funny as hell)) But…

Bacterial Burglary

I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. A group of thieves need to gain entry to a highly secured vault. The vault door is nearly impregnable, and once inside, there are motion sensors, security cameras and laser trip lines, all of which sound the alarm. When the security guards hear what’s happening, they are…

Keep Funding Science

I’ve been to Washington DC on a number of occasions, but this was a totally new experience. Starting at 10am, I had a meeting every hour on the hour with congressional staff, and I asked them all the same thing: Don’t cut the budget of the NIH. You may know that the government is struggling…

Lobbying Congress

The Power of Research (a game!)

For those of you don’t already have some affliction (facebook, reddit etc) that sucks up all the time you should really be working, try: The Power of Research! I didn’t get very far, but only because I have real lab work to do. It seems silly to procrastinate by doing a virtual research project. It…

I saw this link on a friend’s facebook page, and left that tab open in my browser for a while, intending to write a post on it. Professor Charles Gerba, the lead researcher, swabbed the handles of 85 carts in four states for bacterial contamination. Gerba says 72% of the carts had a positive marker…

Why I Love Science by the Pint

… because I love science and I love beer, obviously. I had a great time moderating Science by The Pint last night! It is always awesome to be reminded how enthusiastic non-scientists often are about science. I find events like this incredibly refreshing when I have been stuck in a science rut or simply less…

Science by the Pint – Tonight

Those of you living in Bosto-Camber-ville* might be interested in attending tonight’s Science by the Pint. Our featured speaker is Alex Bradley – the author of the guest post critiquing the Arsenic paper a while back. Come to Tavern in the Square – Porter Square tonight, March 8 at 7pm to chat with Alex and…

Surf’s up brah

One of my earliest memories is of waves. I was 7 or 8 years old, on some nameless stretch of sand in southern California, and I was trapped. I don’t remember when I learned to swim, and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love the ocean. But I remember the day I learned…

Check out this explanation in the New York Times science section of the 5 second rule. For the record, this will not stop me from eating fallen food off the floor. But that’s just now I roll.