Mother of two, educator of many. Teaches middle-school biology and chemistry. Always interested in exploring the unknown.
Parenting Tips for New Parents
When you first find out that you're expecting, it's normal to be overjoyed — and also pretty scared. Your world is going to change, and everyone will let you know it. Being a parent is never going to be easy, but the truth is that it will be rewarding in its own right.
Potty Training Tips for Beginners
One of the things that parents really detest doing is changing diapers — and who can blame them? Human feces isn't exactly the nicest part of having a baby. Thankfully, kids can actually get potty trained relatively quickly.
How We Make Our Superstitions Real
Superstition has been defined as “a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief.” In common terms, superstition is a belief held by many without reason or fact behind it. For some, that can include magical influence; for others, it is a generational tradition. What many don’t know is that the brain has the power to make these superstitions real.
Overlooked Countries You Must Visit
For newly-minted travelers, it is understandable to start out by hitting all the regular tourist destinations. However I would see your Paris, Hawaii, and Amsterdam and raise you a different path, or rather many paths - the ones less travelled. The overlooked gems in the travel world offer a deeper look into the natural beauty of the world and the diverse cultures that call that place home. Some of these gems are hiding in plain site. Some you may have never heard of or even considered.
Historic Female Scientists
The history of female scientists is filled with stories of perseverance, ingenuity, and hard work. When it comes to the field of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), many people are concerned regarding the gender gap. Even now, everyone is still trying their best to lessen the gap and allow more women to contribute to the STEM field. Regardless of this issue, one cannot deny the fact that female scientists have always done much for the further discovery and betterment of the world.
Best Shows About Earth
There’s no doubt that there’s a lot to explore about planet Earth, and with television, there are plenty of shows about Earth that do just that. Whether we’re exploring geography, geology, or animal life, these shows about Earth are a look into some of the amazing things about our home.
Top Sci-Fi Westerns
Westworld is not only one of the most popular programs on television since Game of Thrones, drawing in audiences all over the globe, but it has also given the sci-fi western a much needed kick in the butt. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this forgotten genre might just be in time for a resurgence. Science fiction and westerns share the same narrative roots, initially audiences couldn't get enough of cowboys and their boot-strapping ways, then as technology grew, westerns' popularity waned and science fiction was on the rise. This led to a bleeding effect that blended these to genres together sometimes seamlessly, sometimes not, but to get into the spirit, in no particular order, here are the some of the best sci-fi westerns of all time.
Best Soft Sci-Fi Books
Soft sci-fi books form a treasure trove of ideas combining imagined scientific scenarios, future technologies, and the progression of human society in accordance with these elements. Instead of delving deep into the technical and scientific aspects of a story, these books prioritize humanity. Thus, this brand of science fiction is more concerned about the political, economic, social, and cultural characteristics. This means that a story can still involve space colonization and superior alien races, but the main focus is on the social consequences of these occurrences. If you are looking for science fiction that puts a lot of effort into character development and exploring through the lens of the social sciences, you should definitely check out these soft sci-fi books.
Top Dying Earth Science Fiction Books
A sub-genre of both fantasy and science fiction, the concept of a dying earth has been around for a while. Though its first origins remount back to the Romantic Era, its true shape took form much more recently, in the 20th century. Since then, it has been explored by several authors and brought forth books that are true masterpieces of the science fantasy genre and that are hugely influential to this day.
Obscure Sci-Fi Movies
Obscure sci-fi movies always make for an interesting watch just because of the ideas they play with. While there are indeed sci-fi films that garner both box office and critical success, such as Arrival, Interstellar, and The Martian, the entries on this list showcase those that take weirdness to another level. Every medium needs a dose of risk-taking to allow innovation, and science fiction has a lot to offer.
Must Read Cyberpunk Books
Cyberpunk books are a distinctive cross-section of sci-fi narratives typically taking place in dystopian, near future settings, and featuring high-tech post-industrial societies, contrasted against a gritty, seedy underbelly akin to hardboiled detective fiction. The reader navigates sprawling neon cities populated by hackers, gangsters, outcasts, and femmes fatales. The protagonist, usually an anti-hero, often struggles against an evil, above-the-law megacorporation. Another hallmark of cyberpunk books is that often hackers possess the ability to literally enter an online world, or "cyberspace," by connecting their brains to advanced computers.
Who Was Isaac Asimov?
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is remembered as one of the top 3 science fiction writers, along with Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. Asimov is widely considered to be the founder of modern science fiction, born near modern-day Smolensk to a family of poor Jewish millers in Soviet Russia during the Russian Civil War. His family immigrated to the U.S. when he was three years old to escape the chaos of the Russian Revolution.