You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks: Using Touch Screens To Improve Your Pet’s Health

Touch screens are everywhere in modern day life. We use them to communicate with each other, to do our jobs, and sometimes to distract ourselves from that work. But have you ever considered using them to improve your pet’s health? Certainly, most internet denizens are familiar with the entertainment apps available for pets that allow … Continue reading You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks: Using Touch Screens To Improve Your Pet’s Health

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How Finches Learn Songs: Genetics Versus Experience

Bird songs—we hear them every day as we move from one place to another in our busy lives. Birds use these songs to communicate with each other about everything from the location of food to finding a mate. But how do birds actually learn their songs and what can that teach us about our own … Continue reading How Finches Learn Songs: Genetics Versus Experience

Pregnancy Is Wack (Part I): Cervical Mucus And Why I Study It

Mucus—every wet surface of our bodies is coated in it. It helps to lubricate our organs, protect us from our environments, and prevents infection by microorganisms. While mucus is 90% water, the other 10% is a complex mixture of biological molecules whose composition and consistency depends on where in the body you find it. For … Continue reading Pregnancy Is Wack (Part I): Cervical Mucus And Why I Study It

Op-Ed: Why I Study Chemistry And Your Kids Should Too

As a graduate student, I spend a lot of time teaching chemistry to students who will never become chemists. For these kids, chemistry is a class that they have to pass just to do something else, anything else. This demotivates a lot of teachers and it’s a lot of the reason that good chemistry teachers … Continue reading Op-Ed: Why I Study Chemistry And Your Kids Should Too