Climate change, the Keeling Curve, and why you need to be your own scientist.

Look at it. Just look at it. We’ll get to this in a little bit. Global climate change (more specifically called global warming). Words so often uttered that, to the lay-person, they have almost lost their meaning. It’s unfortunate that words of such importance should fall victim to semantic satiation in a time wherein important decisions are being made (in an almost… executive fashion you … Continue reading Climate change, the Keeling Curve, and why you need to be your own scientist.

Why ‘Failure’ Is Good For Science

Picture this. You’re grinding away at your lab bench or instrument workstation or computer (for those computational folks) for hours trying to come up with some usable data. You’ve spent the last few days trying new approaches to the same problem, to no avail. Maybe you’re sick with a cold. Maybe it’s late in the evening and you’re trying to get home. A notification pops … Continue reading Why ‘Failure’ Is Good For Science

St. Patty’s Post: Beerzymes (Alpha & Beta Amylase)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! EDIT: This was obviously supposed to post on March 17th.  Personally, this is one of my favorite holidays. Cured meats, good beer, and stories of missionaries driving snakes (an obvious metaphor for Irish druidism) from Ireland – what more could you possibly want? In the spirit of the holiday, I’m going to showcase two interesting enzymes (or beerzymes as I whimsically … Continue reading St. Patty’s Post: Beerzymes (Alpha & Beta Amylase)

Science of the Ancients: How Our Distant Predecessors Laid The Groundwork for Our Success

Science is all about observation and contemplation. When you make an observation that the days of the year are becoming shorter as fall turns to winter and think to yourself, Huh – I wonder why that is, you are performing science. Granted, this isn’t the comprehensive, empirical  method put forth by the likes of Francis Bacon, but it’s science in a philosophical sense. Why is the grass … Continue reading Science of the Ancients: How Our Distant Predecessors Laid The Groundwork for Our Success