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Here's where I wear my heart on my sleeve, if you will. I write about fascinating communication research, feature stories of personal transformation (mine and others), and share musings on being human.

The Genius of Bacteria

In her TED talk about bacteria, Bonnie Bessler wove a compelling story about the ways bacteria communicate with “chemical words.” Referring to bacteria that generate bioluminescence, she noted that the light created is formed by collective power—the light shines only when the bacteria gather in a group and “vote,” through quorum sensing, to act in […]

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The Power of Rest

The Netherlands is not known for an abundance of warm sunny days. So when such days arrive, you really appreciate them—especially during the summer months, when it stays light til after 9pm. As the sun started going down last night, I hopped on my fiets and headed for the nearest bike lane, with no particular […]

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