If a bacteria could talk, what would it say?

What does a microbe sound like? –

  • German researchers have developed a ‘nano-ear’ that detects sounds 6 orders of magnitude below the range of human hearing.
  • Optically trapped gold nano-particles are used as the listening device. It can hear sounds made at bacterial level.
  • There are 10 million trillion microbes (in just seabed sediments!) for every person on the planet. There are also 10 times more bacterial cells in our bodies than human cells. What would our bodies sound like if we could amplify their world?

Monogamy and Private Land

The most mind blowing thing I learned today. 

Some marriage historians theorize monogamy for women was born with the concept of private property. As soon as men started holding land, a prime concern was passing that property on to their own children. Before  materialistic inheritance (land, heirlooms, fortunes, etc), there wasn’t so much of a need for this social rule. If you look at nomadic populations still around today, many do not practice monogamy for women. Even the opposite sometimes! There have been tribes in all corners of the globe that practice something called ‘particle paternity’ which essentially entails a pregnant woman to copulate with as many different men as possible. The cultural thinking behind this is some essence of each man is instilled into the baby. So, once he or she is born, a nice little cohort of men will share some moral responsibility over it. 

Even I have bought into the well worn story that ‘men are inherently promiscuous in order to spread their seed while women are inherently monogamous to tie down that child rearing partner!’. But that’s really only looking back at 10,000 of our 200,000 years of our Homo sapian evolution! I absolutely love the image of monogamy being born from a 10 thousand year old guy sticking a seed in the ground, calling the patch around it his land, and wondering to himself, what will happen to this bit of dirt when he dies.  

Hap (noun.)

Some of my favorite happiness facts  –

  • The word ‘happy’ stems from the root ‘hap’ which meant ‘luck’ or ‘chance’ in the germanic language, Old Norse.
    • Think ‘happenstance’ or ‘haphazard’.
  • Lonely people get sick more because they’re not exposed to other people’s germs as often. This causes their inflammatory system to grow more sensitive to outside stuff.
  • A study showed that the more basketball team members touched each other during the game, the higher they scored.
  • Increasing class and status decreases functions of happiness because the more resources you have, the less you need things from others. What is a base of community other than a network of shared resources?

Hello world

If you stumbled across this little cube of the interweb, lets face it, you’re probably one of my parents, a heavy Pinterest user, a potential employer double checking my serial killer status, or some poor soul just trying to find their way to the deep web. (Hint: on the third Wednesday of the month click every other project in my portfolio page starting from the bottom and a metallic purple portal will unfold on your screen…)


This page will be something of a stream of ideas, interesting things I heard about throughout the day, maybe some STEM jokes. Basically the things in my apple notes app. I mean, we’re all exhibitionists now right? Some notes may be longer, most will be pretty short. Bye mom!