Who The Hell Are You?

There is a scenario that many of us have had the painful privilege of experiencing. That moment when your eyes flutter open and you glance around while your heart picks up a few beats per minute and your muscles twitch with a sudden increase of adrenaline. Confused, your inner monologue shouts out, “Where the hell…

The Science of Sex

Reproduction, biologically speaking, is the motivation for us all. As Shakespeare said, “all the world is controlled by the propagation of our genes and all the men and women merely players”. Or, something like that, right? Anyway, from an evolutionary point of view, on this lovely planet we call home, the be-all and end-all of…

Meaning Message and Misinformation

In the beginning there was a post on the importance of science communication and thus this blog was thrust into creation. ( HERE, if you haven’t read it and want to jump back). The area of science communication is currently exploding, much like the gaseous expanse of our universe during it’s infancy. I am going to…

You Smell Like Death

Most people use their sense of smell to navigate the world. Smells enrich the world arounds us, help form memories, warn us about danger or elicit pleasure responses. A few poor individuals have lost all ability to use their nose to sense their surroundings; and, of course, there is a fancy word to describe such…

The Monstrous Microbiome: Good Bowel Buddies

DIY Fecal Transplants – putting the “Y” in DIY A few weeks ago, I received an email from a friend with a link to one person’s journey through the valley of the shadow of poor gut health to the eventual crest over into the promised land of microbial-intestinal paradise. All achieved with a Do -It-Yourself…

What’s Your Poison?

View this post on Instagram In honour of Thirsty Thursdays, a new blog post, on the biological effects of alcohol consumption, is live. Drink up and read how alcohol kicks the crap out of our bodies! A post shared by Erin (@signalwhisperhum) on Jan 11, 2018 at 3:43pm PST (Shameless wine drinking boomerang from New…

A Neuroscience Short: Cat Brains and the Visual Cortex

The Deep Waters of Neuroscience Looking into neuroscience is a little bit like standing on the edge of a cliff at night while you peer down at the ocean below. Waves crashing against rocks; a roaring hum; black water that appears to be endlessly deep — a borderless expanse seeping into every edge of your…

Holiday Visitations

  It’s the week between Christmas and New Years. A mind-numbing, limb-aching cold has settled in and houses are packed with food, drink, warm bodies, merry microbes and humble viruses. If your family is anything like mine, then the holiday season is usually a time when sickness runs rampant. It arrives as a variety of…