Centrifuge – smashing science into theater

What happens when an actor has to keep putting on a skull-cap, in order to look bald, over and over? Audiences howled, as his errant hairs poked out, and he began his lines imitating Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame. The fake-Jeff was just one character in a set of five science plays. Each play only … Continue reading Centrifuge – smashing science into theater

Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium

A cheerleader volunteering for a citizen-science project helped discover a novel bacterium from a seat at a football stadium at Coronado High School in San Diego. Members of a citizen-science group called Science Cheerleader helped gather microbe samples by swabbing the school’s stadium seats and shared the samples with a project known as MERCCURI. Scientist … Continue reading Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium

Susannah Fox and open patient data

Susannah Fox was appointed the chief technical officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services in May. Many patient advocates believe she could – as she puts it – “enable patients to access their electronic health data easily and contribute it for research” and continue a movement toward giving patients a greater voice … Continue reading Susannah Fox and open patient data