“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
― Benjamin Franklin
I am a strong believer in self improvement. There may not always be time to study or take a new course, However there is always someone who is working hard to bring education to the masses. I applaud all the people who make it their mission to bring about knowledge and exploration to the world. Here is a list of projects and works I think are worth a look.
Cells at work anime on Netflix
An anime series based on the manga of the same name. This story follows the life of a red blood cell as she navigates the human body. She and her friends face challenges every episode such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, dehydration and more. Presented in a cute way, this anime maintains its accuracy and technical attributes. A great teaching tool for any level.
A YouTube channel run by Derek Alexander Muller. A well presented channel with meticulously crafted videos on all things science. A great resource for anyone who wants to learn something new.
Cells at work manga by Kodansha comics
A manga series that follows the story of a red blood cell and her friends as she navigates the world of the human body and faces all the challenges of living at a microscopic level.
Measles outbreak: How a decades old, fraudulent anti-vaccine study still affects public health
A wonderful article on the detrimental impact of the anti-vax movement. This article talks about how one man and a myriad of fake science and media fear mongering has led to dangerous outbreaks and heartache for many children and families.
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
An exploration of “Spillover” events where infections mutate and spread between species. Written by a journalist from National Geographic with extensive knowledge of the subject.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The incredible story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman who changed the face of laboratory science forever. Though Henrietta died many years ago from cervical cancer, her cells will forever live on in laboratories and her name will forever be praised as a savior to so many.
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
A compelling and frightening story of an ebola virus outbreak in the United States based on true events.
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story
The story of both the anthrax attacks in the U.S and outbreaks of Smallpox based on true events.
Polio: An American Story
The story of Polio, its treatment and its vaccine.
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
In 1918 there was a pandemic flu that wiped out masses of people . This story addresses the issue of pandemic viruses and how another pandemic could be waiting to emerge.
The Martian by Andy Weir
A compelling fiction novel based in real science about a man trapped on Mars as he struggles to survive this inhospitable environment.
Outbreak by Robert Tine
An entertaining read about an outbreak.
Vitamin Discoveries and Disasters: History, Science, and Controversies
A historic look at the history of vitamins and their important balance with life.
Bioethics: An Introduction for the Biosciences
A great introduction to the world of bioethics from a biosciences point of view.