MLK Day in Lynn

By: Lisa Wu This past Monday, January 15th, the city of Lynn came together to celebrate its 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. day of service. After a presentation about Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, participants were invited to join different activities. Volunteers from the Marine Science Center (MSC) hosted a table in the Lynn Museum and talked … Continue reading MLK Day in Lynn

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?

It’s an owl invasion!

Photo by BigA888 // cc An astounding number of snowy owls (yes, like Hedwig) are showing up in the eastern United States this winter. During the summer snowy owls nest in the arctic tundra. Some owls migrate south for the winter; although, the number of owls that chose migrate and the distances they travel varies from year to year. The cause of this variation is … Continue reading It’s an owl invasion!

My Top Ten Most Abused Apps

We’re coming out of the holiday season, and I found this year to be no different in that I find myself in conversations at a friends or extended family holiday party being asked what the heck I actually do when I get to work… It’s so understandable! When does the public really interact with research scientists? It’s not like being a dentist or a florist, … Continue reading My Top Ten Most Abused Apps