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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Stocking the Medicine Cabinet

Oh God, y’all, I think I’m gonna die. At the time I’m writing this, I’m on Day 4 of the world’s nastiest cold. I’ve gone through a whole box of tissues and a bag of cough drops, and I’m starting to lose my voice. I am uncomfortable and want nothing more than to crawl under my covers and marathon Buffy, Season 7 until my eyes fall out of my head. Or I fall asleep. Whichever comes first. Read More Stocking the Medicine Cabinet

Science News: 11/13/13

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Lots of good news this week, from asteroids that aren’t going to kill us all to several awesome new species (and babies of everyone’s favorite new species of the year). Also, updates on the supposed global wine shortage and early puberty epidemic. On the terrible end of the spectrum, though, there’s Haiyan. Read More Science News: 11/13/13

Good and Horrible Doctors I Have Known

The other day a friend told me about a doctor who wouldn’t give him a referral for a vasectomy. Instead, the guy gave him a talk about how he was Catholic and had eight kids and it was great. When my friend’s wife wanted to get her tubes tied after giving birth to her second daughter, the hospital wouldn’t do it because they were Catholic, too.

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Science News: 10/16/12

Welcome to the science news, Nobel Prize/space jump/shrimp puke edition! (Yes, I am serious. Pics after the cut!) Read More Science News: 10/16/12

I Don’t Wanna Be Sedated: The Fear of Going Under

Last week, I had six teeth yanked (or cut!) out of my mouth. I’ll wait for you to stop screaming. Finshed? Alright, so as I was saying, I had major oral surgery last week. The whole thing was quite a surprise, really. I knew that my wisdom teeth, of which I had the misfortune to house SIX of rather than the typical four or fewer, were going to have to come out eventaully, lest they stage mouth mutiny and push all my other teeth out. I was planning on having them removed in a few months’ time, when I was on the second half of my summer break, but a pesky infection made it necessary for me to have what was essentially emergency surgery. Read More I Don’t Wanna Be Sedated: The Fear of Going Under

Women in Science: Nobel Prizes, Part III

We’re down to the final stretch of women who have won Nobel Prizes in science. These five women are the most recent Laureates in Physiology or Medicine and have made astounding contributions to our knowledge of embryonic development, our sense of smell, HIV, and chromosome replication. Read More Women in Science: Nobel Prizes, Part III

Women in Science: Nobel Prizes, Part II

Two weeks ago we learned about the five extraordinary women who have won Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. There are no fewer than ten women who have been awarded for their contributions in Physiology or Medicine, so this week we’ll take a look at the first five.  Read More Women in Science: Nobel Prizes, Part II