When your wants cease to make you happy…

by Aditi Mishra – In an annoying mystery, my lab mate Cheyenne’s coffee always smells better than mine. I tried emulating her coffee ritual – the same ingredients, the same cup and the same barista. I even resorted to keeping my coffee where she usually does. All in the hopes of catching the right ‘microfluidic air current mumbo-jumbo’, so that the…

The Snow Globe

by Shannon – I recently had the amazing experience of visiting Singapore.  Singapore is a fascinating city-state, which, largely out of necessity, has organized its 5.6 million inhabitants in a rather remarkable dance of waste management, public transportation, and water reuse. The modern architecture and organization makes you feel as if you have somehow been transported 20-30 years into the…

TEDxAshoka University

If you happen to be near Delhi this weekend (September 23), stop by Ashoka University to hear Shannon speak about the NICE Lab’s pursuit of empathic science:

A Miniature World

by Shannon (thanks to Geetha GT!) – Our postdoc, Geetha, is a true artist.  She regularly performs Scanning Electron Microscopy on insects, and she has become incredibly adept at photographing the microstructures of these organisms in great detail. She has become so skilled that her work has surpassed just science and now has entered the realm of art. I became so inspired by some of her recent images that I artificially colored them as I imagined they might look in an alternate “miniature world”.

Why don’t you enter this amazing world that Geetha has created for us?

See below….


Rainbow (the eye of a hoverfly)


Shoreline (the eyes of a hoverfly)


Caffeine (pollen grains)


Flower (pollen)


Legos (pollen)


Dirt (pollen covered in air pollution on a bee)


Forest (bee antenna)


Sunrise (bee eye)