science fun

contemplation on steam

making coffee, half-awake, I watched the liquid in the pot heating, saw the steam rising, watched the tiniest of bubbles on the surface. They bounced off each other, jostling at ever-greater speeds as they heated up and I thought about… (READ MORE)

A Spoon Can Change How You Think

This is the kind of study that I adore: Researchers at the University of Oxford decided to test if the choice of a spoon affected the flavor and other qualities of food. Turns out it does! Spoons made of metal… (READ MORE)

Lagrangian Drifters

Today’s research led me to learning about various ways to study ocean currents, using either the Lagrangian or Eulerian method of measurement. You can set something in the water and let it drift with the current (getting “Lagrangian measurements”) or… (READ MORE)

Glimpsing the Future

This past week I had the privilege of working on the Innovation Partnership Program, an event co-created by XPRIZE and Singularity University. The speakers were absolutely amazing. For four days I listened to an incredible array of men and one… (READ MORE)

Dopamine and Addiction to Information

I’m hooked on neuropsychology and on learning about biological reasons for our behaviors. This article puts a new spin on my habit of collecting information: You may have heard that dopamine controls the “pleasure” systems of the brain: that dopamine makes you… (READ MORE)