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

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

Small words = big ideas

Explaining science is a tricky business. You have to use the right words to be accurate, and you have to assume that your audience may never have heard those words. Recently, I was invited by the nonprofit Science on Tap to talk about simplifying language for an audience at the Pub at Third Place in … Continue reading Small words = big ideas