Climate change and the fungus among-us

I’m lucky, I don’t have allergies. Or I rarely have allergies. Or really the things that I’m allergic to, I rarely find myself around. It turns out I am allergic to some things. Like penicillin. But how often do I accidentally maim myself, get sepsis and require antibiotics? Rarely. I’m also allergic to wheat. No … Read moreClimate change and the fungus among-us

Climate change and depression: come on get happy!

I have a problem. Well, several problems. According to the Internet, anyway. Whenever I log on to Facebook, turn on Pandora or try to read the Washington Post online, I’m inundated with advertisements for overweight, depressed and self-injurious people. I’m not kidding; reading an article on climate change got me an ad for “big girl” … Read moreClimate change and depression: come on get happy!

Climate change and aliens: the truth is out there

Working in science education, I get exposed to all sorts of myths and conspiracies regarding modern science. Mermaids are real, because we just don’t know that they’re not (thanks Animal Planet); AIDS is simply the result of malnutrition (phew, that makes things waaay easier); and climate change is caused by new order aliens who are … Read moreClimate change and aliens: the truth is out there

The Roar of Climate Change: sea level rise and…tigers?

Working at the Paleontology museum, I am often inundated with children; screaming, excited, growling (at the T-Rex) children who are thrilled at the very thought of the giant chickens we call dinosaurs. Chasing after them are exhausted smart-phone wielding parents who intermittently demand that their child either touch nothing or pose for a picture. This … Read moreThe Roar of Climate Change: sea level rise and…tigers?

Climate change and threesomes: it just gets more complex

Growing up in New England you become very comfortable being surrounded by untraditional families and relationships. Brady-bunch-style blended families, with step-s half-s and semi-s are a dime a dozen. I’ve known more than one person who has accidentally dated a double-step-brother (step-parents step-child from previous marriage) and had to ask….is that legal? Turns out it … Read moreClimate change and threesomes: it just gets more complex

Judge, jury and wine executioner…I mean enthusiast.

I received a desperate e-mail earlier this week — why was I no longer blogging? Had I fallen in a ditch? Turned to climate change denial? Dropped out of science writing and joined a convent? No, nothing so dramatic. I just had jury duty. Actually, I still have jury duty. For weeks. And there is … Read moreJudge, jury and wine executioner…I mean enthusiast.