Archives for April, 2011

Be more wrong

I wrote awhile back about an incredible book, Being Wrong by Kathryn Shultz. The author recently have a talk at a TED conference, and her talk has just been posted. I was honestly a bit disappointed by the talk, but it gives me a chance to highly recommend the book again. Read it, seriously.

More on the microbiome

When I first got into blogging, I thought I could carve out my niche talking about the microbiome – that enormous ecosystem of trillions living inside and on every one of us. However, it’s become increasingly clear that writers far more skilled than I have also decided to tackle this weighty (2-5lbs on average) subject.…

These days it is very hip to do things eXtreme. Don’t believe me? Try googling “extreme”. I suppose I have jumped on the bandwagon by studying life in one of the most “extreme” environments on Earth (deep sea hydrothermal vents). The environment I study is home to the most thermally tolerant organisms on the planet,…

I’m in the process of reading All the Devils are Here, and just got The Big Short for my birthday. It would seem that the story of the financial crisis, the resulting economic slump, and the battles over how to fix it are stories of human greed, striving for self-interest and reckless (self-imposed) ignorance. Why?…

New Years Resolution: Data

Yesterday was my birthday, and I tend to use this time in April to re-up my commitment to all of those resolutions that I failed at around Jan 5th. And add a new one: Data is the name of the game. – Millions of cells in the incubator? Check! – Freshly-made solutions and buffers? Check!…

This I believe

I couldn’t have said it better myself: I believe in love and kindness, I believe in helping hands I believe in strong opinions I believe in taking stands I believe cooperation Overcomes the steepest odds I believe we have a fighting chance I don’t believe in gods. Go read the whole thing – it’s beautiful.

Science by the Pint… Tonight!

If you’re in the greater Boston area, go get your beer on and learn some great science! This is a reminder that Science by the Pint is tonight at 7pm at Tavern in the Square in Porter Square. As usual, we’ll raffle off a $10 gift certificate for every 10 attendees. We’re bringing Welkin Johnson…