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Devastating east coast earthquake

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the east coast yesterday, freaking everyone out, causing schools and offices to close, and causing general mayhem: (Source) I didn’t feel it, and growing up in California, it might not have even registered. Then again, the reaction (general fear, disbelief, and confusion) is about what I would expect if we…

What passes for tragedy

I’m on vacation this week, but was working on a post about the evolution of antibodies to be posted yesterday. Unfortunately, what greeted me when I turned on my computer thursday was this: (source) I’m actually a little surprised at how well I’m handling it, I would have expected that I’d be a wreck. Maybe…

There’s this NPR show I really like called “On the Media,” and I’ve listened to just about every episode for the past 8 years through the podcast. As it’s name implies, the show is about the media, and is a wonderfully meta way of getting the news through the prism of analyzing the way the…

Heather at Sea

In some ways, I’m kinda jealous of the research Heather does. I love my macrophages, but studying the bugs that live in the extreme environment of deep sea hydrothermal vents has always fascinated me. As a consequence of the stuff she studies, Heather also has to (gets to?) take multi-week sea voyages to travel out…

Detour to the top of a mountain

Been working hard on lab science, so I haven’t had as much time for blog science, but I thought I’d share something else I’m proud of: My friend Matt and I hiked to the top of Mount Jefferson in northern New Hampshire this past weekend with a table, 2 chairs, a bottle of wine, glasses,…

Science gets under my skin

In my first year of graduate school, Professor Sam Behar was giving us a lecture about phagocytes, a group of cells that includes macrophages, neutrophils, and a number of other immune cells that tend to gobble things up. These cells are all over the place, and some can stay in the same place for many…

Oh, for the love of…

Someone is wrong on the internet: I love that nomenclature, “the God particle”. It is a sign that scientists sometimes are unabashed about acknowledging what atheists are often reluctant to grasp: that “believing” in science involves faith too. Faith in science is far more practical than faith in the idea that a big, omnipotent boy…

Extreme weather in Boston?

This was the scene from my front porch last night: Pictures of lightning are cool and all, and I’ve been in thunderstorms before. The crazy thing about this storm was the shear frequency of it. Here in Boston, we went outside and enjoyed the light show. Throughout the neighborhood, we could hear people cheering every…

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.