Science Says

Graduate School: The Things I Wish Were Common Knowledge

September 20, 2019

As a graduate student I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked “what is it that you do exactly?” The answer to this question varies widely based on which degree you are pursuing (PhD, Masters, EdD, MBA, etc.), the field you are getting your advanced degree in, and where you attend graduate school. There are, however, a few facts that I would love to share about my experiences over the last 5 years as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at a large university in California.

How GMO Labeling Affects Your Wallet

September 10, 2019

Have you ever been shopping in the grocery store and had a hard time determining if you are getting a fair price for the products you need? You see something relatively inexpensive, like lettuce, but there are several different options, all with different prices. There is your typical iceberg lettuce for $1.35, or organic iceberg lettuce for $3.50, or a large sign that proclaims Non-GMO iceberg lettuce for only $3.00. Which should you choose? You want to be healthy, but you also need to be budget-conscious.

It’s totally normal to be fascinated by serial killers…right?

May 03, 2019

With the recent release of the Netflix original docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and the dramatized crime narrative “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” serial killers seem to be one of the hottest media topics these days. These are only the latest contributions to countless TV shows and movies about serial killers, but what causes this widespread fascination with true crime and is it wrong to be interested in true occurrences of gruesome depravity? 

Baloney Detection

August 09, 2018

More than 2,500 years ago, the first evidence for a spherical Earth was discovered by the Ancient Greeks. Around 500 BC, Pythagoras noted that the moon was a sphere and reasoned the Earth was as well. A few hundred years later, Greek mathematician Eratosthenes used simple geometry to estimate the circumference of Earth. He had surveyors measure the heights of shadows cast by sticks in the ground.

How a Dating Podcast Made Me Question Sperm’s Epigenetic Integrity

June 01, 2018

I recently heard one of my favorite journalists, Mona Chalabi, discuss one of my least favorite subjects: how men are often encouraged to date younger women. It's true €”the effect of age on women'€™s reproductive success is widely known. We've all heard of the "biological clock ticking"€ metaphor, and there's over a century of data to correlate advanced maternal age with increased risk of genetic abnormalities in children.

Nevertheless, foreign DNA persisted

November 29, 2017

Having unprotected sex can have legitimate consequences. If you are female, you may get pregnant. And no matter your biological sex, you are at risk for numerous sexual transmitted infections. Both of these risks can be mitigated by use of contraceptives. But, should you fear your partners’ DNA persisting inside of you for the rest of your life? No.

Modern Agriculture Buzzwords Infographic

May 17, 2017
We see a lot of words floating around in articles about modern agricultural techniques.

 

Here are a few simple definitions to help consumers navigate the buzz.

Next Level Science Communication: Humanize, Normalize, Illuminate

April 21, 2017

Typically, science communication seminars or workshops spend a lot of time convincing participants why science communication is important. I am beyond this point. And, furthermore, I think we as a scientific community are beyond this point. We know the importance of science communication for science literacy, scientific funding, and science policy. Scientists will either get on board or be left behind.