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First PNAS podcast

First PNAS podcast

Most of my day-to-day work at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is writing short summaries of upcoming research papers. But I also have the opportunity to take on longer projects as well, including profiles and podcasts . My first podcast, discussing whole-genome screening in adults, posted this morning. Check it out! http://www.pnas.org/site/podcasts/podcasts.xhtml#CaskeyMcGuire You … Continue reading

Bag the bag?

Bag the bag?

I first ran into California’s plastic bag bans at a San Jose Wal-Mart last year. Since then, bans took effect in Santa Cruz, impacting our regular grocery trips. But are the bans actually reducing litter? I explore the answer in the Santa Cruz Sentinel  and San Jose Mercury News. The Sentinel version, I might add, … Continue reading

Back to the fault

Back to the fault

In my first weeks in Santa Cruz I went to a Lifelong Learning lecture in a Scotts Valley living room. A UCSC geology professor told the story of a project to drill through the fault that caused the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. That one lecture has now turned into a series of blog posts … Continue reading