(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?
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
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
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
Welcome to the new look of the NU Marine Science Center Blog! After a *brief* hiatus, the blog is ready for a revival – we’ve got some veteran and some new bloggers, and we are embarking upon an action packed summer of field work, diving, research, and outreach to blog about! Stay tuned to read all about it! To get things started I wanted to promote … Continue reading Blog Revival!
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?
If you live in the northeast, you’re probably enjoying a snow day today. So go ahead and get comfy on that couch, make some hot cocoa, and enjoy all the sciency videos the internet has to offer. Here are a few to get you started: Watch Bill Nye debate evolution with the president of the Creation Museum, Ken Ham. The debate occurred last night (Feb. … Continue reading Snow Day Entertainment