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Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…e X Extra: A triglyceride can have up to three different fatty acids attached to it. Canola oil, for example, consists primarily of oleic acid, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid, all of which are unsaturated fatty acids with 18 carbons in their chains. Why do we take in fat anyway? Fat is a necessary nutrient for everything from our nervous systems to our circulatory health. It also, under appropriate conditions, is an excellent way to store up…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
Geektastic gift-giving ideas from Double X Science!
…es found on the shelves of cookie-cutter toy stores, this highly personalized jigsaw will tickle the fancy of puzzle-lovers anywhere. I’m probably going to get this for my mom. NOTE: You need to order this by 12/13 if you want it by 12/25. Hands-on Mushroom Garden, Back to the Roots, $19.95 Bring out the ‘fun guy’ in all of us with this great grow-your-own mushroom kit. Seriously, this is one of the coole…
Authored by Emily Willingham on December 6, 2011
After Newtown missteps, journalists get guidelines
Protip: Don’t diagnose based on speculation. by Jessica Wright Attention journalists: If you’ve been calling people “nuts” or “deranged” in your stories, the Associated Press is recommending that it’s time you stopped. This guideline — along with the common-sense assertion that writers shouldn’t diagnose individuals with a mental illness based entirely on speculation — is part of a new recommendation added to the AP styleboo…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 27, 2013
Double Xpression: Liz Neeley, Science Communicator Extraordinaire
…s code thing. One day, when I was in the lab, I was wearing this pink, strappy sundress, tied up the back, and these stupid platform sandals that were really tall (clearly not appropriate lab gear). I was scrubbing out this 100-gallon oyster tank and my advisor happened to walk by and he sees me doing this. I remember freezing – all of the sudden I was afraid he was going to mock me or lecture me, but he just said, “Oh, Liz… Keep on.” My gradu…
Authored by Jeanne Garbarino on June 11, 2012
What’s on your wishlist?
…ry of cooking. They might want to check out Cooking for Geeks or Modern Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. Do you love gadgets? Do you have the newest smartphone or tablet? Perhaps you’ve already checked out the Nexus 10 tablet from Google (from $399) which arrived last month. The Nexxus has arrived to generally good reviews to compete with the standard iPad (from $399) tablet size. Google and Apple have also gone “mini” with the Nexus 7…
Authored by Adrienne Roehrich on November 23, 2012
Real science vs. fake science: How can you tell them apart?
…211;and answer–before shelling out the benjamins for anything, whether it’s anti-aging cream, a diet fad program, books purporting to tell you secrets your doctor won’t, or jewelry items containing magnets: 1. What is the source? Is the person or entity making the claims someone with genuine expertise in what they’re claiming? Are they hawking on behalf of someone else? Are they part of a distributed marketing scam? Do th…
Authored by Emily Willingham on December 11, 2011
Giving girls…and science…their due
…o an all-girls, STEM-focused school to talk to the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders about what I do. Susan D’Auria, the teacher who invited me, is an English major turned math teacher who has been teaching at the school for 10 years and oversaw its transformation into a STEM-focused institution. When you meet Susan, it’s immediately obvious that she is committed to her task of getting the girls excited about STEM: Her classroom is cluttered wit…
Authored by DXS Contributor on February 27, 2013
…ch experience — yet it was obvious he didn’t have the knack for it. This student’s dogged pursuit of a mental health career made me wonder what kind of emotional turmoil he experienced which would make him think, at age 19, that psychiatry was the only vocation worth working towards. Then there were the two graduate students who both worked incredibly hard and were both prone to obsess about their experiments. Each burned off stress in quit…
Authored by DXS Contributor on May 17, 2013
Is the bar high enough for screening breast ultrasounds for breast cancer?
…nt movement and legislation to inform women that they have dense breasts. Merits and pitfalls of device approval The approval of breast ultrasound hinges on a study of 200 women with dense breast evaluated retrospectively at 13 sites across the United States with mammography and ultrasound. The study showed a statistically significant increase in breast cancer detection when ultrasound was used with mammography. Approval of a device of this nat…
Authored by Emily Willingham on September 21, 2012
Autism and the DSM-5
…questions in the context of these criteria. I’ve expanded on a couple of these reports at length elsewhere, as have others with an interest in the subject. The short version is that studies overall indicate that at the least, 10% of people who would currently have an autism diagnosis under the DSM-IV-TR criteria would lose that diagnosis under the DSM-5, and some studies go as high as 55% in their estimates. Even more troubling? The committee’s s…
Authored by Emily Willingham on April 23, 2013