The Facebook experiment turned light bulb moment!!!

  Ever wonder who really remembers your birthday? Ever wonder who has to be reminded? Well I did and I wanted to find out!!! So I decided to conduct a little personal experiment on my Facebook profile. Let me just say it turned out to be everything I thought it would be and more. ...more
Ah interesting. I can tell you that there are a lot of birthdays I don't remember without ...more

Summer of Science

Test Your Intuition

You may have come across several articles, blogs and videos telling you to trust your intuition, but how exactly do you start trusting it if you aren’t even sure if such a thing as intuition exists? The answer lies in experimenting on your own and figuring out just how strong your intuitive powers are. I thought I would share a few simple “tests” or “experiments” to help you increase the trust you have in your own inner voice and wisdom....more

Nine Lessons from an Electricity Fast

For 40 days, we limited our use of electricity. We only made exceptions for food preparation and clothes washing. We (the kids and I) were 100% successful with no dishwasher, TV, or computer. I hung my laundry to dry every time except once when I ran four batches through the dryer after recovering from bronchitis. ...more

I'd love to give this a go too! I have already banished the dishwasher, as a result of having a ...more

Imagine a Different Experiment: Ted Kaczynski and the Murray Experiment at Harvard

I recently read an article from The Atlantic Monthly online titled “Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber.” The author, Alston Chase, has corresponded with Ted Kaczynski at length and also wrote the book A Mind for Murder: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism....more

Would You Sign Up to be a Human Subject?

Recently, Dr. Isis realized that the number of people volunteering to serve as human subjects in her research projects is way, way up.  She reports that in previous projects, it took her three years to recruit 100 participants, with about 20 interested (but not necessarily eligible) people responding to each call.  Earlier this month, however, she put out a call for subjects and received--within six days--300 responses.  Why, she wonders, are so many people suddenly so interested in participating in her research?  Was it better advertising, a local culture of research voluntarism, or is it that the financial incentives to participate are especially attractive during a deep recession?...more