Diving the Deep: A Book Review of Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus

Diving the Deep:     A Book Review of Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus

Sy Montgomery is a passionate writer with intimate knowledge of the octopus world. From quietly, desperately beautiful stories of a mother octopus caring for unfertilized eggs to tales of finding friendship and happiness from a joint love of octopuses, this book has (almost) everything an amateur lover of the sea could desire.  

Illuminating Diseases: What is Optogenetics?

Illuminating Diseases: What is Optogenetics?

Plants have a sophisticated machinery to convert solar energy from sunlight into chemical energy and food. The visual system of organisms based on photosensitive proteins and transduction, helps organisms find food and survive. Jellyfish bioluminescence improve survival and reproduction. Thus, optogenetics, a new frontier in light-activated therapies, is just an extension of light as a driving force in natural evolution.

Childbirth in Ancient Egypt: Nature’s Unique Work of Art

Childbirth in Ancient Egypt: Nature’s Unique Work of Art

Magical approaches were not simply the consequence of an inadequate body of scientific knowledge. Analysis of a variety of ancient gynecological artifacts, including rituals and incantations along with tools and treatment instructions more contemporarily regarded as scientific, illustrates that they are profoundly intertwined with science to promote not only the physical health but also the mental wellbeing of Egyptian women.

An Artistic Approach to Health: A Conversation with Diane Heron

An Artistic Approach to Health: A Conversation with Diane Heron

“Ever since I was very young, I’ve had the need to create,” she says, looking out the window of her car to the vast Californian landscape. Oakland-based artist Diane Heron has always seen the interconnectedness of art, life, and well-being. Recently, Diane was tested and diagnosed as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), she says suddenly her calling as an artist, makes sense in so many ways.

The Art of K. Euan Yang

The Art of K. Euan Yang

We’re so intimately dependent on bacteria, and the way that these beings inside of us exist can determine our health and hence our mind. You hear so much about the gut microbiome nowadays — people are beginning to pay more attention to eating fermented foods and it’s completely reasonable - fermentation is one of our most ancient and anthropologically important processes that has allowed us harness bacterial pre-digestion to gather nutrients from from vegetation and meats.

Mindfulness in Times of Distress: Glitter Jars

“So...who’s ever been stressed at Stanford?”
I half-jokingly asked this question to a group of undergrads, PhD students, and faculty on a rainy Thursday night. It was the middle of the quarter, right before the dreaded “midterm season.” With upcoming deadlines for projects and tests, while balancing extracurriculars and friendships, students can feel overwhelmed by all of their commitments.