Author Archives: Margot Wohl

February 02

The ABCs of Science: Always Be Communicating

  A case for rebranding. Scientists have some perception problems.  The first is how the public perceives scientists, by turns as smart, but not very trustworthy or as politically motivated [although this survey reported a more favorable outlook]. The second is how scientists perceive the public, as knowledge-poor citizens who, if presented with enough scientific evidence, will align their […]

January 05

Brain Hackathon: Towards becoming the cyborg you always wanted to be.

  Ever wondered what the future looks like? I’m pretty sure it involves brain machine interfaces (i.e. the kickoff at the 2014 world cup in Brazil). Listen to my audio story about a brain hackathon- where nerdoscientists™ get together to create new brain machine interfaces!   TRANSCRIPTION NARRATION: Imagine a world in which you could play […]

May 05

Hello Darkness My Old Friend: How Echolocation Lets Bats Rule the Night

When I asked my boyfriend, a 15-year-old stuck in 28-year-old’s body, who would win in a battle between Batman and Superman in anticipation of the now-in-theaters “smash-flop” blockbuster, he responded, “Obviously Superman with his powers of x-ray vision and superhuman strength.  Batman is just a human with fancy technology.”  Such gadgets as a tape erasing […]

October 10

Kickstarting Science

Science has a problem.  Government research funding is on the decline and competition for this grant money is on the rise. A researcher must spend a large amount of his or her time trying to wrangle money from government agencies or private foundations to keep his or her lab afloat.  The commitment to writing grants […]