Space Science Part 1: Meta-galactic Medicines

Maybe it’s was seeing the Perseid meteor show this summer or the new space dramas on my streaming watchlist. Maybe it was recently hearing that microbiologists found bacteria had lived 3 years outside the Internationals Space Station. Or maybe it’s just the…

Emmett Chappelle and the invention of the “firefly” bioluminescence assay

In these last days of summer, I’ve been having fun catching (and releasing) the fireflies that appear every night in the woods near our house. It's only recently that I learned that these flashing bugs were the inspiration behind ATP…

Scientists and the Case of the Slimy Swimming Hole

There’s a chance that this summer you’ve headed to your favorite swimming hole or beach only to see a notice like this: WARNING! TOXIC ALGAE PRESENT Water Unsafe for People and Pets Such warning signs are often unnecessary. The change…