Category archives for Science

“Keep an open mind”

One of the many admonishments I receive from others is that I’m not “open minded” or that “There is more to life than just science.” Often that is the response from those who are annoyed with me because I don’t share their infatuation with dead middle eastern deities or endorse their latest “alternative medicine” magic […]

Why don’t mosquitoes spread Ebola?

Originally posted on Mosquito Research and Management:
Authorities are quick to remind the community that Ebola virus is spread by blood and bodily fluids so it is hardly surprising that many are asking, “can mosquitoes spread Ebola”? The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history. As of mid-October, there have been…

E=MC2 Explained

One of my friends on Facebook found a photo which I think perfectly illustrates how some people completely misunderstand Einstein’s energy equation.  Aside from the *facepalm* amusing and completely ignorant comments made by the author (which I’ve mostly deleted), it represents a fundamental misunderstanding of how to translate E=MC² into common language (in my case […]

The struggle to learn

One of the more intimidating aspects of my chosen academic pursuits is the sheer volume of information that I’ve got to pack into a small biochemical computer. I try not to think about it too much because I have a lot of anxiety. Many of the academic topics that I love cause me anxiety for […]