Tag: 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…

Bye Bye Academia, Hello Amsterdam

A year of changes So 2015 was a big year for me. What happened? Firstly, my man bought a house for us in Amsterdam. Yes…we have put down our roots. At least for awhile. Why would an American and a Spaniard want to settle in Amsterdam? Because we both love Amsterdam. #duh. What is not to love? Since we decided…

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…

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…

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…

Ladies stick together: from humans to prairie dogs

“How can you live so far from home? I couldn’t take it when I just moved to another state.” says girlfriend number one me: “Well…I am super busy doing activities that I love. I rarely have time to think much about it!” “Don’t you miss your family and friends? says girlfriend number two me: “Of course I do! But I know I’ll…