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 […]

Thanks to Alex Wild (@Myrmecos), a lot of new people have found their way to my still very new blog. Welcome! I look forward to talking science with you. It’s cold where I am. I took this picture this summer – figured I’d share it with all of you! I wanted to let my real-time […]

Today we’re talking about what happens when something sounds awesome and scientific, but isn’t really true. And bananas! BANANAS! News source: uh, not news – a Facebook picture Image text: Full ripe banana with full dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal […]

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, […]

It is my great honor and pleasure to be acquainted with Dr. Mohamed Noor, professor of evolutionary biology at Duke University. I met him when I was attending a conference at the end of my first year of my doctoral work, and have to admit that I was a little star-struck, because I’d been reading […]

Today we’re talking about antibiotics, and the scary fact that a lot of germs are resistant to the antibiotics we have. Drugs: big business (click for more info on this picture!) News source: The New York Times opinion section (Casually, an “op-ed” is an article written as an “opinion” – something someone thinks, although that […]

Hello, all! Today we’re talking about biology in the news that isn’t problematic. It’s an octopus! News source: Grist List: This octopus is so tiny that it snuck into the aquarium undetected I first saw this on: Facebook Why this is news: there’s a picture of a teeny tiny little octopus, and biology cuteness should […]

Another light week here at BNB, I’m afraid. My research energy has gone into my day job and into making decisions about how to vote. If you’re a fellow United States voter, I hope you have or will join me in voting today! When you vote, you help pick people who decide how to spend […]

I’m one of the millions of people affected by the progress and remains of Hurricane Sandy. I had not yet scheduled this week’s post when it hit, and now have a lot on my hands with catching up with work and helping my friends and loved ones get back to normal. I hope everyone out […]

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 […]