As you look up at the night sky this month, out amongst the abyss of stars, you are likely to notice that one “star” in particular is getting brighter. Mars is approaching closer to Earth than it has in the last 15 years, making its brightness almost double in magnitude. This planet may be more … Continue reading Cyanos on Mars: Bringing Life to the Red Planet
Imagine you are surrounded by the ocean. The water is pristine and blue. You see schools of giant tuna and you can hear the songs of whales as they migrate through the deep water. But as you watch, the bigger fish start to disappear. The water becomes murky and a jelly fish appears out of … Continue reading The Ocean Tunnel: Art Meets Activism for Ocean Science
What does it mean to be alive? This has been a fundamental question since the first humans began asking questions at all. While many of our species have determined that an answer cannot be ascertained because of the shear ineffability of the gods, others of us have attempted to create simulacra of life … Continue reading Dylan’s Game of Life: A Mandala Generator Decoded
On August 21st, 2017, most people on the West Coast of the US were outside witnessing a total solar eclipse. Even in San Diego, CA where the eclipse was only expected to be partial, everyone was outside with special eyewear to observe this rare phenomenon. That is, everyone except for Chris and me. Instead, we … Continue reading Cisplatin And The End Of A Relationship
Imagine you are in the Siberian tundra--the sky is grey, the land is covered in soft snow--but off in the distance you see something moving, something big. A woolly mammoth! Its 6 metric tons of furry girth and 10 ft. long tusks tower over you. A whole herd lumbers past towards a barely exposed tuft … Continue reading Will We Ever Clone A Woolly Mammoth? Nope.
Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of listening to the top ten finalists in the UCSD Grad SLAM competition. Each student had three minutes to communicate their research projects to a general audience with the help of a PowerPoint presentation in a TED-style talk. All of the talks were exceptional and served as excellent examples … Continue reading Op-Ed: Lessons On Science Communication From The UCSD Grad SLAM Finals
I have kind of a weird obsession with eggs. Whether this derives from, or is the cause of, my love of birds is a literal “chicken and egg” question. Needless to say, Easter has always been my favorite holiday. Every year I hold an Easter egg decorating party at my house. I always try to … Continue reading The Science Of Dying Easter Eggs