Spectacular Seaweed: The Next New Sensation?

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) Seaweed is far more helpful than the smelly, dried-up clusters on the beach suggest. In fact, you may use extracts from these colorful plant-like algae to wash your hair, brush your teeth, and even indulge in ice cream! Soon enough, you may find biofuel from seaweed at the gas pump. That’s why Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) is launching efforts … Continue reading Spectacular Seaweed: The Next New Sensation?

The Science of Game of Thrones Part II

Greetings fellow smallfolk. Well here we are, Season 6, several Starks shorter and Lannisters lighter since last we spoke. Winter is, for all intents and purposes, actually here (thanks for the nightmares, child zombies!) and life looks pretty bleak on both sides of the Narrow Sea. The only thing we can trust is George R.R. Martin’s eternal power to crush our hopes and dreams like … Continue reading The Science of Game of Thrones Part II

Mona Listeria: Microbes as Art

Sorry, I can’t resist a good pun. Anyway… Many of you have probably heard of the left brain/right brain theory of personality. It is the belief that the left side of the brain is responsible for logical and analytical thinking while the right side of the brain is responsible for more creative endeavors. Artists and musicians are supposed to be left-brained while, as a scientist, … Continue reading Mona Listeria: Microbes as Art

The Cuban Coral Crisis

My knowledge of US-Cuba geopolitics pretty much draws from that time I fell asleep while watching Thirteen Days, a particularly lengthy and serious movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Apparently this is exactly the sort of gripping historical thriller my parents thought a tween couldn’t possibly miss. However disinterested, I do remember plenty of fraught glances and yelling about whether or not the US should … Continue reading The Cuban Coral Crisis

What’s the deal with MOOCs?

If you like taking classes, without paying money or even putting on pants, this one’s for you. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the latest fad sweeping higher education. Basically, universities are offering courses online for free to anyone and everyone with an internet connection who wants to sign up. The typical MOOC has about 20,000 students, although some have over 200,000. The format of … Continue reading What’s the deal with MOOCs?