We (Jaya and Devasena) are scientists by training who found that we enjoyed collating scientific discoveries and putting them into perspective for the general public. After meeting at a major scientific communications company where we both worked as scientific editors and becoming fast friends, the idea for this blog took root.
Why this blog???? Most science that is presented to the public via news articles has some sort of slant on it and is written to sound as sensational as possible. We, on the other hand, wanted to talk about scientific discoveries while trying to stay as unbiased as possible: In writing our pieces, we want to present all possible sides of the argument, and, most importantly, try to interpret the findings with a measure of sensibility: For example, yes, coffee has some minor effects on your physiology, but can the drinking of it actually have a major impact on your health or make you miscarry? Do you really need to torture yourself by giving up coffee entirely during pregnancy? Are genetically modified crops as evil and utterly void of benefit as they are made out to be? Is Vitamin D a miracle cure or mostly hype? How scared should you be of BPA? What next after you get rid of BPA: are the alternatives that populate all the “BPA-free” products really safe??
We will also focus on the newest discoveries that are making the scientific community wet its pants in excitement: for example, the role of bacteria in your gut on disease and health, and the possible benefits of probiotics.
This blog will also discuss specific disease conditions, specifically collating the information available and discussing the newest treatment options possible.
Why are we writing this blog?
One, because we are nerds who love gathering information and understanding things, and due to our training and ability to put a scientific discovery in perspective and string together an understandable sentence, think we are very well suited to do this kind of thing.
Second, because we are very interested in scientific journalism and are not greatly fond of the current face of it.
Third, both of us have a measure of do-goodery (not a real word but it should be!). We genuinely want to help people live a healthier life and also try to help understand the situation when you have a scary disease/medical condition and do not know how to process the swarm of information coming your way.
Anyway, we have a lot to say, and we hope you will stick around to listen!