Book Review: The Beautiful Anthology edited by Elizabeth Collins

Although beauty is subjective, sometimes our culture seems to decide, collectively, what we “should” consider beautiful. Is it straight teeth? The right outfit? A certain weight? Time period and geography change the ideal, but The Beautiful Anthology considers a more personal definition, beyond the “shoulds” of the world. Twenty-seven writers contribute to this collection with essays, stories, and poems all aiming at expanding what it means to be beautiful.

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Science Stories in the Digital Age

I like to ask scientists and science students about their favorite science stories. I have to admit that sometimes I am greeted with blank faces, a fact that stings my science-communicator pride. I use the word “story” because the most compelling bits of scientific information are just that – there might not be a strong protagonist or a cackling witch, but the general narrative arc fits pretty well. Think, for example, about the story of the toxic newts and the super resistant snakes I shared a while back: like most stories there was action, drama, an unraveling mystery, an open ending, and a whole hell of a lot of toxins. Read More Science Stories in the Digital Age

What Insect Can Suck It?

Scientists love their jargon so much, they make new jargon all the time. Scientists love their jargon so much that single words are not enough: in fact, there are stories about science that have basically become jargon. Recognizing the story is a secret handshake, a knowing nod to those others in the circle. The story of Darwin’s moth is just such a story. Read More What Insect Can Suck It?

The Joy of Reading

I am an avid reader. Some of my earliest memories include books and stories. My mom tells me when I was potty training, she would sit me on the potty chair with a book and I’d stay there forever. I don’t know what this says about my personality, exactly, but it is definitely a testament to how much I love to read. Read More The Joy of Reading