Science versus Star Wars: “Reylo” and the inbreeding coefficient

Science versus Star Wars: “Reylo” and the inbreeding coefficient

By Samantha Ancona Esselmann, PhD, product scientist at 23andMe (Warning: This story contains Star Wars spoilers.) Hopeless romantics, myself included, wait with bated breath for the final installment of the nine-episode-long saga of the rise and fall (and rise again) of the Skywalker dynasty. It’s not because we care what happens to the Resistance or […]

Robert Carlyle has been a stripper, a psychopath, and Rumpelstiltskin. Now he’s a man of science in ‘War of the Worlds’

Robert Carlyle has been a stripper, a psychopath, and Rumpelstiltskin. Now he’s a man of science in ‘War of the Worlds’

When Robert Carlyle was a teenager, a friend’s father had a record album he became entranced with: “Musical Version of the War of the Worlds” by Jeff Wayne. “We’d sit and listen to this over and over again,” the Scottish actor recalled in a phone interview. “I was kind of enthralled by the story.” And […]

Selfie museum or science lab? Exhibit sparks joy and debate

Selfie museum or science lab? Exhibit sparks joy and debate

It’s the modern dilemma: Is it enough to sit on a unicorn, or does one need to snap a selfie on the mythical beast too? Filling a room with surprising or simple things like rainbows, bubbles, or fluffy clouds could spark a feeling of joy in someone, but the Saskatchewan Science Centre is asking visitors to ponder […]

Geologist who discovered oldest water on Earth wins top science award

Geologist who discovered oldest water on Earth wins top science award

Because she studies ancient water on Earth, Barbara Sherwood Lollar is usually looking down, but her work is also making her look to the stars. Sherwood Lollar, an earth sciences professor at the University of Toronto, has won the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering for her work on ancient Earth […]

Why Stephen Hawking was so important to science

Why Stephen Hawking was so important to science

On Wednesday morning, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76. His contributions to science changed the way we look at the universe. Born in Oxford, England, Hawking was a mediocre student as a child but went on to revolutionize physics and cosmology — the study of the origin and evolution of the universe. But he […]

Nobel Worthy Sleep Science

Nobel Worthy Sleep Science

Whether we to be or not, we’re all on a clock — a biological one that ticks off a 24 hour day and regulates our waking and sleep cycle. With a nod to the importance of our inner Timex, the Nobel Committee recognized this week the pioneering work of a trio of American scientists — […]

Science, the Endless Frontier

Science, the Endless Frontier

By Joyce Tung, PhD, 23andMe VP of Research I love science. I love how science requires precision of interpretation, provides the thrill of discovery, and stimulates and satisfies curiosity all at the same time. This is why I, like other scientists more important than I am, was dismayed to hear the White House’s preliminary 2018 […]