One Man, under the Influence

Back in the late ’90s, during my previous career in publishing, I wrote a number of reference books for adolescents on health and science topics. Books like these are commonly written not by subject-matter experts but instead by professional authors (freelancers like myself at the time) who are adept at distilling current research into a…

Brains Explained

Just found this amazingly useful site:¬†http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/index_a.html, affiliated with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s¬†Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. Got brain questions? They’ve got the answers, at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, with detailed graphics, guided tours, and more. If you’re a neuroscience geek like me, or if you just want to understand exactly…

Going Around It

You’ve probably heard the platitude that says if you can’t get over a problem, go around it, under it, through it, etc.–the point is to try a different solution. This is on my mind today because of a program called One Hundred Pushups. I ran across it on the web last weekend and decided it…