Category Archives: Health and wellness

European Countries And What Makes And Doesn’t Make Any Sense

Before I begin, I have to mention, sono filo-italiana, so I am a little biased regarding the following… What doesn’t make any sense: The French (Parisians to be more exact) asking the tourists to speak French, and even acting non-friendly … Continue reading

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When Confronted With The Protein Question As A Vegan

When It comes to protein in a vegan diet, we really have to look at the quality as well as the quantity. Out of the 22 amino acid building blocks, 9 are essential amino acids.  These are tryptophan, histidine, methionine + … Continue reading

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Sexism Or Prejudice In Academia… Engineering Edition

When I was hired as a postdoc, one of the first things my boss said to me was, “If you are a postdoc, dress like a postdoc!”  I don’t think she meant I dress awkwardly, I think she was telling … Continue reading

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Pine Nut Syndrome

“Pine mouth” (pine nut syndrome, PNS, dysgeusia) is a condition in which everything tastes bitter in the back of the throat with metallic taste.  I got it again. Several things that might trigger PNS: Chemicals used in the shelling process … Continue reading

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Nana’s Cookies Are A Vegan Lab Rat’s Best Friend

Science, a word that includes infinite possibilities and imagination…  Also requires tons of time of working till midnight doing almost monotonous work, which don’t usually yield results one would like. When such work is required, you would hope to get … Continue reading

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The Organic Dilemma (Or Not So Much Of One)

About six months ago, a Stanford study created a lot of buzz about organic food. Here are some articles about it: New York Times Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce New York Times Parsing of … Continue reading

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Sexism In Academia

I rarely post something as personal as this. During one of my freshman physics class (2003), a professor was telling a story about his experience witnessing the launch of a spaceship in the ’70s.  And then he proceeded to add, … Continue reading

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