Author: Dan Robitzski

Dan Robitzski graduated from Lafayette College with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in creative writing. Passionate about accessible information, Dan hopes to use science journalism as a way to bridge the communication gap among researchers, medical professionals, and the public. In his spare time, you can find him competing and coaching at fencing tournaments, pretending to understand pop culture references, and looking at cute rodents on the internet. You can follow Dan on Twitter here.

Giving antibiotics a boost

Giving antibiotics a boost

Dr. Luca Guardabassi is finding new ways to weaken drug-resistant bacteria

By Dan Robitzski | Posted June 21, 2017

I take my planets hard-boiled

I take my planets hard-boiled

Evidence that the Earth’s crust began as an unbroken shell raises a question: Can we really understand the past by looking at how things are now?

By Dan Robitzski | Posted June 14, 2017

The frustrating quest to define consciousness

The frustrating quest to define consciousness

Never mind determining whether a robot can be conscious, we can’t even decide what the word means

By Dan Robitzski | Posted June 7, 2017

VIDEO: Cleanliness is next to ratlessness

VIDEO: Cleanliness is next to ratlessness

Spring is coming, and so are the rats. Here’s how to keep them out.

By Dan Robitzski | Posted May 15, 2017

Your virtual butler is coming. You know, eventually.

Your virtual butler is coming. You know, eventually.

Today’s robots are nothing like in the movies. Here’s what it would take to get there.

By Dan Robitzski | Posted May 10, 2017

You’re full of shit, and you’re going to have to deal with that

You’re full of shit, and you’re going to have to deal with that

Having a colonoscopy? Those bowel cleanses remain a necessary inconvenience, but doctors are working to make them less unpleasant

By Dan Robitzski | Posted April 19, 2017

Turning roundworms into flatworms

Turning roundworms into flatworms

A recent study on roundworms identified the hormone responsible for burning fat, marking the latest discovery in a convoluted, century-long search

By Dan Robitzski | Posted April 10, 2017

I got drunk off of absinthe and didn’t hallucinate. What gives?

I got drunk off of absinthe and didn’t hallucinate. What gives?

Historical reports of “absinthism” probably just described severe alcoholism

By Dan Robitzski | Posted March 29, 2017

De-extinction debunked: what we didn’t learn from Jurassic Park

De-extinction debunked: what we didn’t learn from Jurassic Park

Extinct species may soon be resurrected — but just because we can doesn’t mean we’re ready for them

By Dan Robitzski | Posted March 22, 2017

I Just Need Some Spacetime — Separating Twins with Special Relativity

I Just Need Some Spacetime — Separating Twins with Special Relativity

The twin paradox shows how approaching the speed of light alters both time and space

By Dan Robitzski | Posted January 11, 2017

We might have just elected a nightmare AI thought experiment

We might have just elected a nightmare AI thought experiment

Donald Trump’s campaign tactics parallel Roko’s Basilisk

By Dan Robitzski | Posted January 3, 2017

Loosening up under pressure

Loosening up under pressure

A mineral’s strange properties may explain the rift between the earth’s layers

By Dan Robitzski | Posted December 27, 2016

Physicists are in the dark on dark matter

Physicists are in the dark on dark matter

We know it’s out there, but experts don’t know what makes up the invisible dark matter that accounts for most of our universe.

By Dan Robitzski | Posted December 14, 2016

Planetary turntables

Planetary turntables

An exoplanet holds its massive rings together with a backwards-spinning mechanism

By Dan Robitzski | Posted November 7, 2016

Visualizing electrons, at last

Visualizing electrons, at last

Almost 120 years after the particle’s discovery, hologram imaging gives us a peek at the electron

By Dan Robitzski | Posted November 2, 2016

Where the hell is everybody?

Where the hell is everybody?

The Universe is probably devoid of life, but experts say we may never be sure

By Dan Robitzski | Posted October 17, 2016