Anti-antibiotic Action

The Harvard Medical School set up a beautiful and terrifying demonstration of how antibiotic resistance evolves in bacteria. Many people have problems understanding just how huge a problem this is, or just how powerfully resistant bacteria can become. The demonstration was time-lapsed over a two week period, and should speak for itself. There is good…

Smartphone Vision Enhancement Tech

I’ve noticed a growing number of vision enhancement tech offerings in the last few months, specifically those that augment existing smartphones. Like drones and VR, this tech is still in the primordial phase, but there are some really cool gadgets out already. Below are some of the coolest examples I’ve seen thus far.   The…

Infographics!: The Evolutionary Tree Of Religion

This is another one of those infographics that could send me tumbling down an endless googling rabbit hole. It’s fascinating that the primordial elder god of all religions is Animism, and yet it makes a lot of sense. There are numerous other fascinating insights here as well, such as the fact that Christianity, Judaism, and…

I work for NASA!

And so can you! Download the new NASA GLOBE Observer app, and you can take pictures of atmospheric conditions in your environments (clouds!) to augment NASA’s already significant data sets. The app is being developed as part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)  program which trains students to be citizen scientists and…

Superman Detection Theory

Signal Detection Theory (SDT) is very important field–arguably one of the most important contributions of modern psychology. Simplistically, it looks at how signals are detected amidst noise, and the factors that effect this process. This is at work when the TSA is screening your luggage, it dictates where street signs are placed, and it informs…

Mindfulness/Meditation Apps: My Top 3

In a world where every glance at our electronic devices can send us into an inescapable endorphin loop of newsfeed scrolling, where every new Netflix series must be binged to completion the week it comes out, and where every online advertisement is memetically engineered to target our individual brainstems, we need a reliable way to snap ourselves…

Infographics! Health Food?!?

Check out this New York Times graph for a comparison of how healthy experts think foods are, versus how healthy the public thinks they are. The key findings? Avoid coconut oil laden granola bars…

Every Monument Needs a Plaque

Usually that plaque is an ornamental tablet to identify and illuminate, but lately the monuments of Washington D.C. have been seeing the other kind–living biofilms that stick to their surfaces and are causing quite a bit of confusion. The fact is, we know relatively little about many biofilms. They are complex microbiomes made of many…

My ice cream needs more Malto-Dextrin Alkalide…

We have a ton of questions about SCiO, but if it can do what it purports to do, then we are already amazed. The handheld gadget is a pocket spectral meter. Spectroscopy is a large field that measures interactions of matter and energy, most commonly to identify component elements and/or properties of a material. Depending on…

KURZGESAGT!

Kurzgesagt is a German word meaning, “in a nutshell”, or “in short”. It is also the name of an amazing series of Youtube videos that brilliantly explain all sorts of interesting things. They release a new video every month. Each episode gives surprisingly detailed and thought provoking answers to the kind of questions a (philosophically inclined) child…

Infographics!: Most Common Family Types In America

This strangely fascinating infographic from FlowingData shows the most common family types in America…. All fifty of them?! It honestly hadn’t ever dawned on me that there were anywhere close to this many possible family types, but upon closer inspection it makes sense. The top left is the most common, and the bottom right is the least. I would actually…

Secrets Of Japanese Horror

I just stumbled across a short, awesome video (below) which reminded me of just how unique Japanese Horror films are in the world of cinema. There are all sorts of scary movies, campy ones, serious ones, slashers, ghost flicks, supernatural horror, biblical horror, space horror, body horror, the list goes on. At this point not much scares me,…