The best alliance in hip-hop

Hip-hop has fought hard to carve out a space for itself in the classroom. Today, some savvy teachers are “dropping everything” to teach rapper Kendrick Lamar’s new album, the Hamilton soundtrack is worming its way into American history classrooms and a handful of colleges are offering a minor in hip-hop studies. Hip-hop has become an […]

What we’re reading

What are this week’s most interesting stories in the world of science and tech? Here’s what we’ve come up with. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below. Scientists have just thawed a 12,400-year-old puppy found in Russian permafrost | Science Alert A now extinct breed of dog has been discovered in a remarkable […]

Going Paleo, what it actually means

Popular diets tout the benefits of going back to the basics.  But is the Paleo lifestyle even possible in the modern age? The supermarket in the after-work rush is quite simply the stuff of nightmares.  But however congested the aisles, lengthy the queues, and unhelpful the harried staff, it is also pretty wonderful.  At least from a certain […]

Sleep well and prosper

“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” – William Blake I’ve always been a good sleeper. Particularly, a good awakener. I pride myself in morning productivity. I’m a morning runner, I like a good breakfast, and I’m rarely able to sleep past 10 a.m. on the weekends. […]

What we’re reading

We’re back, serving up another list of good reads for your weekend reading pleasure.   Our liquid fingerprints: Micrograph photos reveal the unique beauty of tears | Quartz From chopping onions to feeling genuine sadness, every tear that you produce is different.  Artist Maurice Mikkers is studying the microscopic beauty and complexity of our tears. Insanely complex machine […]

Cooking up love

Do aphrodisiacs really boost libido? It seems as though food has always been tangled up in sex. From Montezuma II’s infamous 50 cups of hot chocolate a day and the very etymology of the word honeymoon,* to swapping dark chocolate on Anna Howard Shaw Day,* aphrodisiacs have been swimming in and out of vogue for […]

What we’re reading

Looking to catch up on the latest science and tech stories?  You’ve come to the right place.  The Lonely Launchpads and Rusted Rockets of America’s Abandoned Space Facilities | Atlas Obscura The graveyard of ambition?  In 1962, President Kennedy called space travel “the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever […]

Simon Davies: Father of Internet Privacy

I met Simon Davies, the so-called “father of internet privacy,” two years ago in Rome, Italy.  I was on assignment for John Cabot University, taking photos and writing an article on the course.  Honestly, I expected another dry academic pitching his most recent publication. Davies opened by nonchalantly informing the audience that 95 percent of […]

Recycling: you’re doing it wrong

When it comes to being eco-friendly, it’s rarely as straightforward as you think So, we’ve got a problem.  And it reeks. It’s our trash, you see.  And by some estimates, we’re producing roughly 350 million metric tons of it a year, but for those of you not living in a densely populated city like New […]

Is there such a thing as introversion?

So, you’ve been called an introvert.  Is there a scientific basis for personality type? When did I first consider myself an introvert?  Probably about year ago when one perceptive online suitor forwarded me The Atlantic article “Caring for Your Introvert.”  Upon reading it, I remember experiencing what I imagine must be akin to love at first […]