Imagine you are in the Siberian tundra--the sky is grey, the land is covered in soft snow--but off in the distance you see something moving, something big. A woolly mammoth! Its 6 metric tons of furry girth and 10 ft. long tusks tower over you. A whole herd lumbers past towards a barely exposed tuft … Continue reading Will We Ever Clone A Woolly Mammoth? Nope.
Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of listening to the top ten finalists in the UCSD Grad SLAM competition. Each student had three minutes to communicate their research projects to a general audience with the help of a PowerPoint presentation in a TED-style talk. All of the talks were exceptional and served as excellent examples … Continue reading Op-Ed: Lessons On Science Communication From The UCSD Grad SLAM Finals
I have kind of a weird obsession with eggs. Whether this derives from, or is the cause of, my love of birds is a literal “chicken and egg” question. Needless to say, Easter has always been my favorite holiday. Every year I hold an Easter egg decorating party at my house. I always try to … Continue reading The Science Of Dying Easter Eggs
The more I learn about science, the more awe I feel over the very existence of literally anything. Seriously. When you think about the world on an atomic level like I do, it is amazing to me that atoms come together to form molecules that eventually come to compose an entire person. Nowhere is this … Continue reading Pregnancy Is Wack (Part II): What Placenta And Cancer Have In Common
When I was a little kid, I desperately wanted to have black hair. My natural hair color is already a pretty dark brown, but I always loved the look of the long black hair my mother used to have when she was young. Of course, my mother never allowed me to dye my hair even … Continue reading Not Your Mother’s Hair Dye: New Graphene Technology Could Change The Future Of Black Hair
Have you ever tried to get a group of picky eaters to agree on one place to go to dinner? Maybe you have a friend who's vegan, one who's vegetarian, another who's gluten free. Maybe you even have a paleo friend that's dating someone on a keto diet. How the hell are you supposed to … Continue reading What Solubility and Dinner Dates Have In Common
I was getting a salad at the cafeteria on campus the other day and there were four cheese options—so I chose all of them. The thought then occurred to me, “what even is cheese, and why are they all so different?” Thus began a delightful search into the molecules that make up cheese. The major … Continue reading What Even Is Cheese? (Part I): The Major Components