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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The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

[Original publication date: Nov. 16, 2011]

In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked:

I have a science question that is very unpopular.  I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas.  So, here goes”:

Is there a genetic basis for racial differences?  Read More The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

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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A Few Things I Need to Get Off My Chest

Because I just can’t deal with this ignorant shit anymore. WHY are we still debating evolution?? WHY do people think that the recent snowfall in the South was fake and engineered by Obama/the NSA and contained nanobots or “chemtrails” and that it also negates global warming?? My head hurts just typing that out, but apparently there are a lot of people who believe. They shouldn’t. Read More A Few Things I Need to Get Off My Chest

The Secret Life of “Shamu”

So, you’ve seen Blackfish. Or maybe you haven’t, but are curious what all the fuss is about. I’ve been researching the subject for the last two months and have made a list of the dark secrets SeaWorld doesn’t want you to know about. Read More The Secret Life of “Shamu”

Science News: 12/20/13

It’s time for one last quick dose of science news before the holidays.  Read More Science News: 12/20/13

Looking for a Lady David Attenborough

My love of documentaries narrated by David Attenborough is no secret. Read More Looking for a Lady David Attenborough