Maria Isabel Garcia

Maria Isabel Garcia is a science writer. She has written two books, "Science Solitaire" and "Twenty One Grams of Spirit and Seven Ounces of Desire." Her column Science Solitaire appears every Friday, and you can reach her at

Jul 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jul 21, 2019
When we have to ask what value art gives, we should all die a little

One of the most photographed artworks in Pinto Art Museum is the one with “We are the kids that your parents warned you about” by Cos Zicarelli. No one in Pinto has deliberately gone on a scientific ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jul 14, 2019
How first notes could rescue your first days

How will you nurse a baby who was born a little too soon? My only sister was born a little too soon. She was barely 7 months when she was born, so she had to stay in the hospital for months before ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jul 07, 2019
Forests to rescue a planet on fire

If I were made to bet between a change in human and plant behavior, I would bet on the plant. Plants are more reliable and dependable when it comes to adapting to what is going on with the ...

Jun 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 30, 2019
The Extinction Spa

Hello human marauder! Yes, you. Welcome to the Extinction Spa. Oh sir, madame, you own this E Spa! You actually conceived and made this E Spa without knowing it. This is where you can have encounters ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 23, 2019
Civic honesty around the world

If you were to lose your wallet, where would you prefer to do so? Invariably, when engaged in storytelling among friends, those who have been to Japan will always say that it is the ideal place to ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 16, 2019
Inside extremists' brains

When we judge extremists, we consider them as belonging to a league of their own in terms of their single-minded preservation and promotion of the values they consider "sacred." These sacred values ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 09, 2019
How crocheting rescued math

I just got a Thinking Putty from a science museum store. It is slime that you can squeeze, stretch, and knead, but it also has a special something added to it – a "glow charger." When I project the ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 02, 2019
Why we need creative masters to redefine our world

In the musical film Yentl, there is a line in the opening song of the lead character that goes, "If I were only meant to tend the nest, then why does my imagination sail across the mountains and the ...

May 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 26, 2019
Why musical performances are not 'escapes'

Try saying "really" as if you are exasperated. Now try saying it when you are amazed. Then try saying it when you are disappointed, and again when you are being sarcastic. Lastly, say "really" to ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 19, 2019
What do you really think of science?

Barring bathroom calls, what is your first thought in the morning? Whether it is a glass of warm water, a cup of coffee or tea, a plain piece of bread, or with coco jam or cheese, does it cross your ...