Brazilian Babies with Small Heads

Brazilian Babies with Small Heads

In 2015, Brazil reported nearly 3000 cases of microcephaly, and incurable condition that causes brain damage. The amount of new cases of microcephaly was up more than 20 times the previous year. So, what is going on in Brazil? The strongest suspect is a mosquito born disease called the Zika…

Kurt Vonnegut in the shadows

Kurt Vonnegut in the shadows

The famous writer, and not so famous Anthropologist, Kurt Vonnegut once stood in the shadows of his older brother. Bernard was a scientist, and while working at GE figured out a way to cause artificial rain from clouds that he had made. That is a lot to younger Kurt to…

Fossilized Ancient Brains Found

Fossilized Ancient Brains Found

Photo A: Under a light microscope, the above fossil shows traces of preserved neural tissues in black. Photo B: An elemental scan of this fossil uncovered that carbon (in pink) and iron (in green) do not overlap in the preserved neural tissue. Credit: Strausfeld et al. and Current Biology. Bones…

Citizen Science

Citizen Science

We are living in an age when computing is revolutionizing science. But, Humans maintain an an edge over computers when it comes to solving complex problems. Uniquely Human abilities, like pattern recognition, abstraction and imagination make all the difference. This may be the reason why it only took 10 days…

WHY STEM isn't everything

WHY STEM isn't everything

The last few years have heard the battle cry that Americans need to get their STEM act together. We are told how low our test scores are compared to other countries. There are questions coming all the way from the President about what we major in. Not only is STEM…