Tiny invisible bosses

“We are bulky ornaments on life’s skin, riding the surface, only dimly aware of the microscopic multitudes that make up the rest of the body,” From the book, The Forest Unseen, by David Haskell. Sometimes the scale of things makes all the difference. My microbes are invisible to my eyes, but increasingly important to how … Continue reading Tiny invisible bosses

The hairball of citizen science

The hairball is jargon for data scientists. It means a special graphic that illustrates intersections. When I visited the Citizen Science Association’s first conference in San Jose, Calif., in February, it felt like a living hairball. Every one of the 600 people was already a networker, an accelerator, or somehow a person forced by curiosity … Continue reading The hairball of citizen science

Sharing my microbial fingerprints

Any day  now, I’m going to get lab results I’ve been waiting months to know. They will tell me something about my deep insides.  These will be maps of  thousands and thousands of microbes that live inside my gut and in my house. But just like some ancient relics pulled from tombs of lost civilizations, … Continue reading Sharing my microbial fingerprints