CATALYST

Topic: Science

For a Better Sunscreen, Get Physical

I’m a redhead. A ginger. A freckle-covered sunburn waiting to happen. To bathe my skin in sunscreen everyday is my habit and my curse, but every time I read the back of a sunscreen …

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Comings & Goings: Citizen Scientists @ Tracy Aviary

– By Katherine Pioli From the annual Audubon backyard bird count to the microplastics charting research by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, citizen science projects, us …

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Understanding Brain Injury

A bike accident, in 2001, led to my first traumatic brain injury. Then, in April 2015, a driver made an illegal turn in front of my car and I ran into her side. I may have briefly …

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Rude Awakening

The holidays, for me, are best defined by the season’s many libations. Egg nog. Wassail. Hot apple cider with rum. Dark clove and nutmeg stouts. Christmas punch. New Year’s champag …

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Eat the Invaders!

As Homer Simpson once said about alcohol, one could ostensibly argue that our mouths are the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. How many wars could have been avoide …

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Fertility Awareness

Fertility awareness (often referred to as the Fertility Awareness Method or FAM) is a practice of making real-time observations of a variety of fertility signs made by the female b …

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Herbs in Contraceptive History

Throughout the ages, some plants have been counted on as the best hope for prevention of pregnancy and have been used as either a spermicide or as an abortifacient. In researching …

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Contraception: A Short History

Babies are a joy, but the results of unwanted pregnancies range from the problematic to the downright dangerous. Humans have always been concerned with controlling when we have bab …

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Calling All Bug Detectives

Christy Bills has a crazy cool job. As entomologist and collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU), she spends much of her time playing detective. Her inbox i …

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Slightly Off Center

Contrary to unpopular beliefs. —by Dennis Hinkamp The unexamined life is not only worth living, it is better; so just gag on your hemlock, Socrates. And, actually there are two con …

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