Notes from the Field: What’s Normal?

Last year, when I was talking to a more experienced biologist about my work, I commented on how the year had be a weird one, an unusually mild one, with my plants behaving in expected but not completely predictable ways. He laughed and said, “Every year is a weird year.” Read More Notes from the Field: What’s Normal?

About the Higgs Boson by a Biologist

Unless you’re totally and completely uninterested in any news whatsoever, you’ve probably heard about the announcement from CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) that experiments in the Large Hadron Collider have found some pretty strong evidence for the existence of the Higgs particle. Scientists will spend several more months to fully confirm the discovery, but right now things are looking good. But, as with much theoretical physics (now no longer quite so theoretical),the question remains – why do we care? Read More About the Higgs Boson by a Biologist

Recommended Reading: Science and Nature

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read at least one book a week, and I have a lot of science books on that list. Here are some of my favorites, and some I’m still looking forward to exploring. If you’re looking to read more science books, too, hopefully you can find some inspiration here. Read More Recommended Reading: Science and Nature

Women in Science: Just as Good as the Men, Though Less Famous

Last week, I decided to browse the New York Times science page for inspiration. They had a “Name That Scientist!” quiz, and well, I can never resist a good Internet science quiz so I clicked over. Read More Women in Science: Just as Good as the Men, Though Less Famous

Crosspost: The Archaeology of Invisible Colors

It was Ms. Plum, on the veranda, with the cute shoes.

Join Interrobang Katie on a purple fashion adventure after the cut, in a post which originally appeared on that Apex of Awesome, Interrobangs Anonymous. Read More Crosspost: The Archaeology of Invisible Colors