In the News
When I enter my lab, I'm greeted by the pops and crackles of mantis shrimp smashing snail shells with tiny hammers moving at bullet-like accelerations. Other days, I listen to their eerie, low-frequency rumbles, joined by the scratchy rasps of the violin- like mechanism that spiny lobsters use to scare away predators. For the past twenty years, I have probed the physics and evolution of these and other strange and wonderful creatures. Many have revealed unexpected insights into extraordinary capabilities that are unmatched by human- made systems.
Mazur, a poet who lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, is the Senior Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, and a former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study speaks with the Boston Globe for its TV Confessions column.