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

Jan 2019
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jan 13, 2019
Sense, sensibility, and vocabulary

How much of our language is dominated by what you see, touch, smell, taste, or hear? Is there a pecking order of the senses when it comes to how much they inhabit our consciousness? We humans have ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jan 06, 2019
Joni Mitchell and the Dying Planet Report

In 1970, Joni Mitchell recorded "Big Yellow Taxi" which went: They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot Don't it always seem to go
That you ...

Dec 2018
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Dec 30, 2018
Considerata VIII

Go! To spaces, real or virtual, that thrill and excite your senses
But equally or more, go and weave quiet time in those spaces
to question the noise
as they invade the longitudes and latitudesof ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Dec 23, 2018
The superpower gift to stop

In that last Avengers movie, almost every superhero you adored disintegrated right before your eyes. What if that happened to your smartphone at times when you really have to pay attention and ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Dec 16, 2018
Cross-cutting topics for holiday conversations

All I want for Christmas are golden conversations. I am off social media, but the year-round necessary wired engagement via email, text messaging in different apps, livestreaming options, and getting ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Dec 09, 2018
The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Spending a vacation with my mother is akin to a seminar on genetics, that is, my own genetic history. Relative to her own passion for actively tracing as far back as she can who is related to whom in ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Dec 02, 2018
When science inspires your gift-giving

Giving gifts should be a thoughtful exercise. One way to do that is by being "scientific" about it. Here are some gift ideas I picked out from the galaxy of gifts out there that are science-inspired ...

Nov 2018
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Nov 25, 2018
No more sand in the hourglass

If we want to measure our lives and loves, what would we use? Why do measures matter in making meaning? If your lover's declared peg for his or her love for you is the amount of sand in the entire ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Nov 18, 2018
Art could help medical science save your life

"I really do not know anything about death. No one does. But we all know a bit about life and that it is best with love. So I think we move on with that from here." That is what I told a good friend ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Nov 11, 2018
What does the state of your bookshelf say about you?

It is just a bunch of paper, with words on it, stuck together by two thicker pages on both ends but science says it is one of the most powerful forces on earth to shape a human life. Books. Kafka ...