Science capturing the public's imagination


"Everyone should have a deep understanding of science." It seems like a lofty ideal. While it's one thing for the general public to respect scientists for their work, it's another to ask them to understand it on a deep level. As scientists and science writers share knowledge with others, we get a glimpse into their minds. Communicators like Neil deGrasse Tyson popularize astrophysics in such a way that the audience feels at ease with scientific jargon or conversations of the universe. In his new book "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," he promises this level of conversation for a non-scientific audience. Everyone develops a kind of understanding similar to theirs, and it's more of a shared appreciation than a test of intelligence.

Finding treasure at the NIH

View from my bedroom window
I sipped dark coffee while I stared out the window of the bedroom in my apartment. I could see the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and other buildings in the background. Like an eagle perched on a branch, I gazed at the landscape before me. Surrounding the buildings were green trees, concrete paths, and faces of people on the edge of scientific research. This would be the National Institutes of Health, the place I would call home for the next two years.

An interview with Cadence Bambenek, a creative soul mixing her love of words and science


Cadence Bambenek is a lover of words and dystopian novels. Her experience at newspapers has lead her to current position Psychology Today. Her work can be found on her website, and, in this interview, we'll chat about what makes her amazing.

An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science

In a world of growing distrust of statistics, empiricism, and academic authority, Anne McGovern never stops learning. In her writing career, including book reviews and science stories, she has understood the globalized culture of science and how to put difficult ideas in ways everyone can understand. The entirety of her work can be found on her website. In this interview, we'll discuss her voice she has honed since childhood.

An interview with Nicoletta Lanese, a polymath at the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things"

At the intersection of science, dance, and writing, Nicoletta Lanese pushes her limits in whatever she can do. With awards for research and writing under her belt, she choreographs every movement and thought on her blog. In this interview, we'll find out Nicoletta's story and understand this value she searches for in life.

An interview with Kayla Wiles, a writer finding a way for herself


Paving a path for yourself is never straightforward. Kayla Wiles, relations intern at ELIXIR, has paved this path in her mission as a science writer. As she balances values from scientists, physicians, and other professionals for the general public, she achieves these goals in communicating life science information. In this interview with her, we’ll share how she does it.

In defense of darkness (from the universe to our psyche)

"Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" - Caspar David Friedrich
When we take care of ourselves, we fight the good and the bad within us. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche warned that fighting monsters without care could cause you to become a monster. Fighting internal monsters - like psychological stress or personal obstacles - requires coming to terms with the reality of this darkness. Contemplation of nihilism and despair, whether its dwelling on the past, philosophizing, or addressing fear, anxiety, and hatred, can open up a dark place in oneself. But grappling with good and evil, as Nietzsche would suggest, of the darkness can bring personal transformation. Through a surrendering of the ego, vanity, and hubris to overcome psychological difficulties, humans can find a way to transcend the fears within themselves. This is the darkness we all fight.