As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

By EMILY BAUMGAERTNERAfter researchers created a virus from mail-order DNA, geneticists sound the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in garages and living rooms... Already a research team at the University of Alberta has recreated from scratch an extinct relative of smallpox, horsepox, by stitching together fragments of mail-order DNA in just six months for … Continue reading As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

By JOANNA KLEINA The New York Times Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on Earth — and one of the most active — covers half the Island of Hawaii. Just 35 miles to the northeast, Mauna Kea, known to native Hawaiians as Mauna a Wakea, rises nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. To them it represents … Continue reading Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different

The Coloring Book I Wish I’d Published

Julie Schumacher found plenty of fodder for her career detour into adult coloring books from two decades teaching at the University of Minnesota, which has its own therapy animals for stressed-out students to pet. With simple line drawings by illustrator Lauren Nassef, "Doodling for Academics" (The University of Chicago Press) pokes fun at the college … Continue reading The Coloring Book I Wish I’d Published

“One of the few men in musical history who have ever squeezed big money out of an accordion”

By RICHARD SANDOMIRDick Contino, whose energetic accordion playing and movie-star looks made him a teenage star in the late 1940s, but whose celebrity ebbed after he was imprisoned for evading induction into the draft, died on April 19 in Fresno, Calif. He was 87.His wife, Judy, confirmed his death. For a time, Mr. Contino was … Continue reading “One of the few men in musical history who have ever squeezed big money out of an accordion”

Tropical Fish, Opioid Delivery System, or Nightmare Fuel?

D) All of the Above. Sounds like a promising murder weapon... With their large lower canines, fang blennies deliver opioid-laced venom that seems to cause a sudden drop in their predators’ blood pressure. from NYT Science This fish-themed post is posted in honor of the French April 1 tradition, poissons d'avril. It involves exchanging humorous fish-themed … Continue reading Tropical Fish, Opioid Delivery System, or Nightmare Fuel?

Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

By CLAUDIA DREIFUS In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction. The New York Times Published: March 5, 2017 at 02:00PMRead more: http://nyti.ms/2mxELZJ Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog  | Facebook  | GoodReads | LinkedIn | Twitter | … Continue reading Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

From New York Times Education: A Bubble for Your Thoughts? Not for Long

By INYOUNG KANG In May, ACT Inc. announced its test will go digital. Is it the end of the No. 2 pencil and the bubbles on a standardized-test answer sheet? Published: August 1, 2013 at 02:00PM from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldFz5o Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog  | Facebook … Continue reading From New York Times Education: A Bubble for Your Thoughts? Not for Long

From New York Times Education: A Bubble for Your Thoughts? Not for Long

By INYOUNG KANG In May, ACT Inc. announced its test will go digital. Is it the end of the No. 2 pencil and the bubbles on a standardized-test answer sheet? Published: August 1, 2013 at 02:00PM from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldFz5o Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog  | Facebook … Continue reading From New York Times Education: A Bubble for Your Thoughts? Not for Long

From New York Times Education: How to Live Wisely

By RICHARD J. LIGHT What does it mean to live a productive life? What about a happy life? Five exercises that tackle the tough questions. Try these at home. Published: July 30, 2015 at 02:00PM from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldslFT Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog  | Facebook  | … Continue reading From New York Times Education: How to Live Wisely

From New York Times Education: How to Live Wisely

By RICHARD J. LIGHT What does it mean to live a productive life? What about a happy life? Five exercises that tackle the tough questions. Try these at home. Published: July 30, 2015 at 02:00PM from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldslFT Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog  | Facebook  | … Continue reading From New York Times Education: How to Live Wisely