Rainbow DNA

The science that caught my eye this week was pretty esoteric. It wasn't in the news or really even making the rounds of the science alerts I subscribe to. It came in the form of a direct link on Facebook to an article in the prestigious science journal Nature about the architecture of the nucleus … Continue reading Rainbow DNA

Raindrops keep falling on our heads…and on the microbes

This week marked a burst of springtime weather in my region, including several prolonged episodes of rain. Of course, the warming temperatures, increased hours of sunlight, and occasional rain help wake up the plants and start a new season of renewal and growth. But it's been less obvious to scientists what impact rain has on … Continue reading Raindrops keep falling on our heads…and on the microbes

Informal science

This time of year, I think a lot about informal science education in my community. Local organizations are busy promoting summer camp offerings for children, many with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) themes. Science competitions for kids of all ages--including science fairs, robotics competitions, Science Olympiad, and the like--reach their final exciting stages. Local museums … Continue reading Informal science