Posts Categorized: Recommended

2015 TED Talk: How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are

This is a truly fascinating subject, and it reminds me of the research on parasites that affect behavior. If you’re interested in reading more, there was a great article in the New York Times by Natalie Angier in 2007: In Parasite Survival, Ploys to Get Help From a Host Click here to watch Rob Knight’s talk

My Plastic Alternative Recommendations

After reading the recent Mother Jones article “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics,” I started to take health concerns about plastic more seriously. Previously, I figured that the problem of BPA had been addressed, and that as long as products were free of this toxic ingredient, our sippy cups, bottles, and containers were safe. However, it turns out that even... Read more »

Video: A Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy

On January 5, NASA released an image of the Andromeda galaxy, our closest galactic neighbour, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The full image is made up of 411 Hubble images, takes you through a 100 million stars and travels over more than 40,000 light years. The awe inspiring video below by @daveachuk zooms in on the photo. There... Read more »

Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain

Using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence, a Princeton neuroscientist is hoping to map the intricate wiring of the human brain. If he succeeds, could we live forever as data? Click here to read the NYT Magazine article by Gareth Cook

Guest Post: “Your Inner Fish” by Neil Shubin

An excerpt from Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin … No matter how different the species look as adults, as tiny embryos they all go through the same stages of development. To fully appreciate the importance of this, we need to look again at our first... Read more »