Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (8): Diego Golombek and Time

Here’s Diego Golombek talking about reading and wondering about time travel—an experience that, when he was a child, excited Diego in a way that led to his eventual unusual career. Diego now studies—and experiments with—biology to try to understand some of the seemingly simply, scientifically mystifying things that happen in nature every day. This is […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (7): Nicole Sharp and the Paddle Boat

Here’s Nicole Sharp talking about a boat ride that, when she was a child, excited Nicole in a way that led to her eventual unusual career. Nicole created and runs FYFD, the most popular fluid dynamics web site in this part of the universe. ABOUT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SERIES—This is part of a series of […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (6): Olga Shishkov’s Maggots

Here’s Olga Shishkov talking about some maggots, and some numbers that, when she was a child, excited Olga in a way that led to her eventual unusual career. Olga studies how maggots manage to do some of the surprising, impressive things they do. ABOUT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SERIES—This is part of a series of sessions […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (5): Suzana Herculano-Houzel’s Ink-in-Water

Here’s Suzana Herculano-Houzel, talking about the ink in water that, when she was a child, excited Suzana in a way that led to her eventual unusual career. Suzana studies how brains do some of the astounding things brains do. ABOUT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SERIES—This is part of a series of sessions we (David Hu and […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (4): David Hu’s Sister Being Born

Here’s David Hu talking about seeing the birth of his sister—an experience that, when he was a child, excited David in a way that led to his eventual unusual career. David uses math and physics—and experiments—to try to understand some of the seemingly simply, scientifically mystifying things that happen in nature every day. ABOUT THIS […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (3): Olga Shishkov’s Bug Pals

Here’s Olga Shishkov talking about some bugs that, when Olga was a child, excited Olga in a way that led to her eventual unusual career. Olga studies how maggots manage to do some of the surprising, impressive things they do. ABOUT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SERIES—This is part of a series of sessions we (David Hu […]

A visit to the prize-winning doctor who examined his own intestines

Thai PBS sent a news crew to visit Akira Horiuchi, the Japanese doctor who pioneered self-colonoscopy. Thai PBS reports [in Thai, which we present here via machine translation into English text]: IG NOBEL is an award given to scientific work. Or research that is unlikely to be possible The only selection criteria is Your research must make people laugh […]

In search of Flensmark (of high-heels and schizophrenia fame)

The NeuroSkeptic blog reports: Neuroscience’s Shoe Saga If you delve into the wildest depths of the scientific literature, you will find a trilogy of papers so weird, that they have become legendary. In these articles, spanning a 12 year period, author Jarl Flensmark says that heeled shoes cause mental illness, while flat footwear promotes brain […]

Innovative Scientists Talk About Their Childhood (2): Nicole Sharp and the Space Station

Here’s Nicole Sharp talking about the space station that, when she was a child, excited Nicole in a way that led to her eventual unusual career. Nicole created and runs FYFD, the most popular fluid dynamics web site in this part of the universe. ABOUT THIS LITTLE VIDEO SERIES—This is part of a series of […]