Scientists shovel dirt in book for parents

Should you wash the pacifier, if it falls on the ground, or should you lick it off and give it back to your child? Two scientists tackle this – and hundreds of other questions about dirty and clean in the new book, “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System.” … Continue reading Scientists shovel dirt in book for parents

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

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