What Happens to Science When the Government Shuts Down?

February 13, 2019

The most recent government shutdown lasted an unprecedented 35 days from December 22, 2018, to January 25, 2019. While this shutdown affected many aspects of the day-to-day lives of those employed in the furloughed agencies, we wanted to know how it impacted those in scientific research.

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.

Professor Sir Charles Godfray: The Future of Food Giving Us Food for Thought

December 06, 2017

Insects are the subject of fear for many, but not for Professor Sir Charles Godfray. Dr. Godfray developed an interest in entomology at the age of 8 that has only grown over the decades. As the Hope Professor of Zoology at Jesus College in Oxford, Dr. Godfray has partaken in both pure and applied research. He is currently interested in food and food security and how they relate with economics and anthropology. While Dr.

Science and democracy

December 04, 2017

If someone were to ask me on what the United States was founded, "science" would not be my first answer. Or even my second. But in chapter three, "Religion, Meet Science", Otto argues that science is a core, founding principle of the US and democracy itself.

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.