Mindful at the Microphone

The claim that people fear public speaking more than death has been successfully debunked, but it doesn’t seem to be anyone’s idea of a fun time. The only thing that might be less fun is solving math problems in front of an audience. Both of these activities seem guaranteed to get your cortisol pumping –…

Contemplating Causes of the Common Cold

The common cold. Rhinovirus. Call it what you will, it’s not pleasant to have. But here’s the difference between a scientist and just about everyone else: Instead of just sitting on my sofa surrounded by the corpses of dozens of tissues sacrificed in the battle against rhinovirus and moaning “why me”, I pulled up my…