Category: Science

4 ways the discovery of gravitational waves help us better understand the universe

  In case you missed it, on Feb 11th the team at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) announced that they confirmed the existence of gravitational waves. This phenomenon had previously only been theorized about since Einstein proposed his theory of General Relativity in 1915, more than a century ago. In a nut-shell, gravitational waves are vibrations in the fabric of…

Do you want artificial fries with that?

The year is 2013. There are over seven billion people living in the world, over 300 million in the USA alone. In many parts of the world, housing is dilapidated and overcrowded. Homeless populations overflow in major cities and food has become increasingly scarce. Real food…I mean. In an effort to address the issue of food shortages, google co-founder Sergey…

Bye Bye ‘Merica

You would be surprised at how many blog post begin with the “So sorry I haven’t posted in awhile!” thing. But since this is my first lagging post, I think I deserve it…just this once. So… Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile! I totally missed you guys! I am now cuddled up under a blanket, blogging from my living room…

Why should you care about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy?

Friend: Did you hear the news?!!?! Me: No, I never read the news. What’s up? Another terrorist attack in the US? Friend: No…Angelina Jolie had a preventative mastectomy. I guess it reduced her risk of breast cancer from like, 87% to 5% risk. She had a mutation in BRCA…or something like that. What is BRCA, anyway? Almost one week ago,…

Homemade chili oil and the psychology of spice-lovers

About me: “I am a hungry lifetarian, meaning that I am always thinking of ways to improve, enhance, or somehow better my life.” Ok…to be fair…this may only be part of the story. An equally appropriate description of sensation seekers, including myself,  is that the way we lead our lives may seem somewhat unfocused, dangerous, and risky to low sensation…

Keukenhof: Land of beautiful flowers

It’s that time of year where beautiful flowers are popping up everywhere. When cycling to work, I pass loads of Narcissus…but nothing can compare to the flower park monster…the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is a short drive from Amsterdam and an extremely popular tourist destination in Holland. Why shouldn’t it be? It is the world’s largest flower garden planting over 7…

5 ways living in Amsterdam can prevent cancer

Despite the evolving nature of science and our knowledge of cancer prevention, it is well-accepted that your risk of developing many types of cancer is affected by the lifestyle choices you  make. In fact over half of all serious diseases in the US (including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer) could be prevented if people adapted a healthier lifestyle.   Sorry ladies and…