Man makes his microbes into research study

Richard Sprague keeps samples of his own feces, in the family freezer, so he can send them to a Stanford University laboratory. Some days he tries to improve his sleep by swallowing potato starch to feed a certain population of microbes in his gut. Lately, he’s been studying his brain acuity every morning to see … Continue reading Man makes his microbes into research study

Citizen science – Many hands make research work

Read the full story in August issue of Alaska Beyond magazine. Seattle area resident Laura James spends many hours each year piloting an underwater exploration robot beneath Puget Sound waves to count sea stars, many of which are experiencing “sea-star wasting syndrome.” The syndrome, which has caused extensive die-offs from Alaska to Mexico, may start … Continue reading Citizen science – Many hands make research work

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