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 2018
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jul 15, 2018
Why 'gifted' is overrated

We always think that success comes with having passion. And when we say we have the passion or seething interest for something, we often associate it with something that has been there from the start ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jul 08, 2018
If you drew your own geography, what would it look like?

How many places will you get to experience in your lifetime? I think if people had a choice, they would opt to always move around and experience different places. We make all kinds of decisions when ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jul 01, 2018
We are losing these 'old friends'

I have always felt inferior in many ways to those who have hometowns. In fact, I have gravitated toward friends who have provinces more than those who do not identify with any. That's probably ...

Jun 2018
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 24, 2018
Nature never tells all at first sight

When humans are born, we come with nature's first gift packs. Our parents count our limbs, toes, fingers, even our orifices, for "irregularities" – things that do not match the general visible ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 17, 2018
Part 2: What is your education worth?

In my previous column, I introduced a newly released book called The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:02am, Jun 10, 2018
What is your education worth?

With the opening of classes, we now again see the sea of students trouping to places that will get them under the spell of a formal learning mode. Or at least that is what we all hope would happen. ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, Jun 03, 2018
The weight of all life on Earth

Atlas was a god in Greek mythology who was doomed to hold up the sky forever. If I wanted to annoy Atlas, I would tell him that he should thank his curse-giver for asking him to hold up just the sky ...

May 2018
SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 27, 2018
Ever heard of thirdhand smoke?

Every time I see a smoking zone, like in restaurants, at airports, and even outdoors, I always wonder what the thought process was in making an area for smokers. In what planet do they live on that ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 20, 2018
Understanding 'evil'

Humans have evolved to be able to naturally figure out what others are thinking, and to interpret them. However, there are people – psychopaths – who seem to have a fundamental callousness. ...

SCIENCE SOLITAIRE 11:00am, May 13, 2018
Sick body parts? Just grow new ones

In 1980, when I was 14, one of my most thrilling encounters was with body parts trapped in solutions and enclosed in jars. The room where these jars were located was the automatic destination for me ...