An Ebola Explainer

Ebola has been much in the news recently and it has been the subject of a lot of fear regarding possible outbreaks in the United States. Ebola was originally called Zaire Ebolavirus, named after the Ebola river in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The area surrounding the Ebola river was the site of the first recorded outbreak.

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Carbon-14 Dating

I’ve taken a bit of a break for the last few years. In that time, I’ve finished my PhD in molecular biology and I’ve started a post-doctoral fellowship. I’m very glad to be back with Persephone  and to be answering your science questions!

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Can We Really Make Dinosaurs From Mosquitos Trapped in Amber?

Given the epic failure of the VelociRapture this weekend and my subsequent desire to watch Jurassic Park, I thought that this would probably be a good time to visit that age-old question: can you really make a dinosaur from mosquitoes caught in amber plus some random frog DNA?
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The Science of Birth Control Part 2

Last week we learned the biology behind the menstrual cycle.  This week, we’re going to learn how that biological understanding was used to prevent pregnancy ““ using some of the same hormones. Read More The Science of Birth Control Part 2

The Science of Birth Control Part 1: The Menstrual Cycle

Birth control comes in many forms: barrier, hormonal, implantable, and permanent.  Many women (and men) utilize birth control as part of their family planning strategy, but how many of us understand the science behind the medication we’re taking?  I’m here to explain it for you. Read More The Science of Birth Control Part 1: The Menstrual Cycle

Tides! How Do They Work?

In honor of the recent super moon, I’ve decided to write about how the tides work. I had never really considered the process before, and found it to be surprisingly complex. Or, at least, I was surprised it was more complex than just “the moon.” Read More Tides! How Do They Work?

The Science of “3 Free” Nail Polish

I love nail polish. I hoard nail polish. On bad days, just gazing at my nails fills me with a sense of happiness and calm. As a scientist who experiences a lot of failure, discombobulation, and flailing, I NEED THAT CALM. Read More The Science of “3 Free” Nail Polish

About Herd Immunity

Herd immunity, or community immunity, refers to the protection that a high percentage of vaccinated individuals provide to individuals who have never been vaccinated or in whom vaccinations have failed against the spread of infectious diseases. The protection is provided because the disease cannot find new hosts to spread to after a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated. Read More About Herd Immunity