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Stories by Hannah Waters

Don't Talk About Your New Year's Resolutions

As I read the funny pages this morning in the paper, I noticed a running joke: no one keeps their New Year's resolutions. There are a million different personal and psychological reasons for this--but you can use SCIENCE to better understand why you fail, and how to get better at achieving your goals.The tip I've learn that's helped me the most is to NOT TELL ANYONE about what you want to do, at least not point-blank...

December 30, 2012 — Hannah Waters

A Natural History of Mistletoe

Mistletoe is frequently spotted hanging above lovers' heads in terrible holiday specials--but only during one month of the year. That makes it easy to forget that more than 1,300 species hang in forests year-round, parasitizing thousands of tree species around the world...

December 21, 2012 — Hannah Waters

The Best Way to Procrastinate in the Zooniverse

Procrastination feels like an inevitable part of getting anything done these days. It really should be called procrasti hate , as I always hate myself afterwards, whether I've spent an hour on Facebook scrolling through photos of a wedding I wasn't invited to, or lost 40 games of spider solitaire in a row.But I've found a way to waste time in a way that's fulfilling: by helping researchers identify animals online.Yesterday, the Zooniverse, a citizen science hub, launched its latest project, called Snapshot Serengeti...

December 12, 2012 — Hannah Waters

Cigarette Butts in Nests Deter Bird Parasites

The sight of cigarette butts delicately woven into birds' nests sparks an array of reactions, from relief that birds are adapting to urban environments to disgust at the display of human disregard for wildlife...

December 4, 2012 — Hannah Waters

Breathtaking time-lapse video makes me question Copernicus

The earth revolves around the sun. It's a true fact, and no conspiracy. Even with such enlightenment, it's nice to be reminded of why people once thought the opposite -- that the universe revolves around the earth -- to briefly knock us off our ivory tower of knowledge and be reminded of just how far we've come...

December 2, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Why scientists should read science fiction

Republished with scant edits from the previous iteration of Culturing Science on July 20, 2010. A great blog post about fiction inspiring science by Uta Frith reminded me of this old friend...

September 29, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Learning to understand non-genius autistic people

When I unwrapped my New York Times on Sunday, I was met with a surprise: A front-page, above-the-fold story about a young adult with autism. The story — a must-read, which you can do here — follows Justin Canha, a 20-year old with autism as he stretches towards adulthood and aspires to an independent life...

September 20, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Lazy Sunday Video: An epic tour of life's history

This is one of my favorite videos that I've seen on the whole of the internet. (Gasp!) Piecing together clips from dozens of science documentaries and specials overlaid with stunning music, the youtube user UppruniTegundanna starts out tracing the history of humans, integrating technological and artistic development...

August 21, 2011 — Hannah Waters
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World