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 2018
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Jan 18, 2018
Built-in diet: Mind your own microbes

It is always good to start revealing the elephant in the room about diets so I will open with this. There is no ONE super food that can keep you thin, gorgeous, alive and satisfied. As far as science ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Jan 11, 2018
Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay

Being born is the ultimate surrender since nobody was ever asked to be born. And while we are at it, did you choose to be left-handed, right-handed, long-legged, round-faced, with glorious wavy hair? ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Jan 04, 2018
How to survive (and probably win) the AI Revolution

I recently took a test if I could tell a human-written poem from an artificial intelligence (AI)-generated one. So far, I managed to pick all the ones by the human poets. But in the future, as AIs ...

Dec 2017
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 08:30pm, Dec 28, 2017
Considerata VII

Go! To spaces and people whose novelties thrill youBut also revisit the ones familiar to youFeel how they grow strangeAs a sage gauge to how and if you have changed. Thriving in shielded fieldsMissed ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Dec 21, 2017
How much food is in our moods?

In a span of at least two weeks this season, our bodies will be infused with all sorts of foods that are associated with what “festive” means. There will be all sorts of sweets, meats and concoctions ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Dec 14, 2017
Why posts could never resolve anything

Not all media are created equal. If the whole point of communication is understanding, what benefits do we really get from the many ways – emails, posts, tweets, videos, audio – we have devised to ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Dec 07, 2017
Roger, over and out

I always attribute my driving skills to my Dad. I have a fairly good sense of direction and can drive wherever I am in the world. A few years ago, I learned how to drive a crane. Well, another ...

Nov 2017
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Nov 30, 2017
Are children simply adults waiting to happen?

I revisited the Forbidden City in Beijing a few days ago and like everyone who visits it, I am fascinated by how it was with the Last Emperor, Pu Yi, the one who started his reign when he was only 2 ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Nov 23, 2017
I am story, not data

Three days ago, I was face to face with “Alter” and it was not just looking at me, it was sensing me and its environment. Alter is a humanoid robot stationed in Miraikan, the National Museum of ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 07:00pm, Nov 16, 2017
Think about this when you are bored

What would be one of, if not the most difficult thing you could ever experience if you were training to go to Mars? This was the question that was asked of the 6-member NASA crew last year when they ...