• Strange bedfellows: bioluminescence and fecal transfer

    Strange bedfellows: bioluminescence and fecal transfer

    Bioluminescence – the production of light by a living organism. Fecal transplant – an increasingly-accepted medical treatment involving the transfer of stool from a healthy patient to a sick patient. These two fascinating, perhaps even eccentric,...

  • Thought experiment wednesday: Kavka’s toxin

    Thought experiment wednesday: Kavka’s toxin

    Suzie, after flawlessly predicting our every action in our last competition, decides she wants to play another game. As we have already established that Suzie is an unrelenting psychopath, it does not surprise you that she holds in her hand an extremely...

  • Dr. Brainlove: The other magic school bus

    Dr. Brainlove: The other magic school bus

    A guest feature by Sarah Hillenbrand   Recently, Netflix caused a stir by announcing its plans to reboot the Magic School Bus series with computer generated animation. My generation thrilled to the adventures of Miss Frizzle and her class, and at...

  • Not all wet: underwater lenses for ocean waves

    Not all wet: underwater lenses for ocean waves

    A guest post by Anna Lieb A curved piece of glass—a lens—can redirect waves of light in spectacular yet familiar ways: telescopes can bring distant galaxies into sight, glasses can correct faulty vision, magnifying glasses can focus sunlight to sizzle...

  • Stackexchange pro clicks

    Stackexchange pro clicks

    There’s this joke involving an engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician trying to solve a problem–it’s sort of overtold–and the punch line is something like engineers are practical, physicists are lazy, and/or mathematicians...

  • Grey Goo: Not an end for Me or You

    Grey Goo: Not an end for Me or You

    Misconceptions are common. Everyone has preconceived notions of what people are like; words like “jock”, “nerd”, “cheerleader” will bring certain stereotypes to mind. The same goes for professions— “doctor” and “politician” probably...

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