Returning home from the 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Seattle, Washington in February of last year, it was clear to me that the world was about to change. I attended AAAS to explore new fields of science that could...
From the LaunchPad
Welcome to The Launchpad, SoundRocket’s blog, where we share our insights and musings on the science of doing science (well), #soundscience.
Based on a 2020 survey by dating app Plenty of Fish, 90% of US-based daters feel chemistry, not attractiveness, is the key to a lasting successful relationship. Genetic matchmaking sites that offer DNA testing to predict biological compatibility (i.e.: chemistry) couldn’t agree more.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we are taking a peek at these direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests and the science behind DNA–based dating . . .
On an early June afternoon, Michael Linderman and I sat in our respective offices, our faces connected as they often are through a Zoom video call. Mine in Michigan, his in Vermont. I was eager to chat—I had only once before known someone to attend Harvey Mudd College, one of the seven contiguous Claremont Colleges huddled together in an otherwise sleepy Los Angeles suburb. I had heard stories from the other Mudd alumni I know about pranks pulled against their Caltech rivals (Google “Caltech Cannon Heist” if you want to learn more), and I wanted to know if Michael had been involved.
Living in the world of science for some time has raised my awareness of what it means to live in the scientific method. Patterns emerge that I cannot easily ignore. In recent years, I have found myself captivated by the quantity (and quality) of scientific communications emerging from within YouTube.
For those who have not yet seen the article, the latest Science magazine includes an article about free to use random number generators. If you are data geek enough to understand the significance of an unpredictable, autonomous, and consistent randomness beacon – then please read on!
I was recently inspired by a website called The Sciku Project, which touts the “latest scientific discoveries in haiku form”. I have always been fascinated by Haiku – the logical (but also illogical) structure imposed on language in the form of poetry. The structure – 17 syllables in three groups of 5 – 7 – 5 syllables each.
Figured I would give it a try…
Writing a blog is easy. You write. You publish. That’s it, right?! Well, not so much – and those who have done it (or at least attempted it) know well the kind of psychological games one must play to keep things flowing…