Category How science works

Marking the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

The celebrated poet Maya Angelou just died. Read about her At the New York Times At CNN from Time Warner Cable news By Rick Lewis, NPS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Read about her at the Poetry Foundation site, where you can also read some of her poetry. Read a quote from her son here, […]

Why less posting? Thoughts on life as a professor

This morning, while I was eating breakfast, I decided to see what The New York Times had on its website. Pretty quickly, my attention was caught by a blog post by Nicholas Kristof, entitled “Professors, we need you”. NOTE: THIS IS MY OPINION, AND MY OPINION ALONE. IT DOES NOT REFLECT ON OR COME FROM […]

Science on TV: not always doing it right

I’ve been offline for a couple of days because I took a long weekend/mini-vacation time to visit a dear friend who lives in another city. One of the things we did while chilling in the evenings was to watch some episodes of CSI: Miami from a few seasons ago. Oh, people, let me tell you: […]

Dr Brainiac’s Opinionated Opinions: The Big Bang Theory

Today I want to take a minute to talk about how scientists are portrayed on the television show The Big Bang Theory: “The Egg Salad Equivalency” was probably my last episode of the show. I no longer feel like TBBT is true to my experience as a scientist, and one of the things I want […]

What does sexism have to do with immunology?

Today we’re talking about gender, sex, biology, and immunology. The immune system in action! Click for more details News source: Real Clear Science, How Do Feminists Explain Immunology? (Spoiler: feminists explain immunology the same way non-feminists do.) The original science: In this case, I’m discussing a blog post that draws on a bunch of stuff, […]

On this Mole Day, we’re talking about how science works

Today, October 23, is Mole Day, named after the unit of measure, the mol (yup, pronounced “mole,” and also known as Avogadro’s number). That unit is 6.02 x 1023, so those of us who think this is cool “celebrate” from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm on 10/23. I myself am baking molasses cookies to share […]