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April 23, 2014

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3:28 AM | What I learned this Earth Day, 2014
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – In the summer I drive to my favorite of many nearby glacial lakes, a deep down-turned gumdrop of cool water ringed in lillypads. I catch painted box turtles. After a frenetic chase and what feels like too long without air I surface gasping, and marveling at each turtle’s personality. They might battle hissing and clawing at air, or hide a bit before emerging to inspect me… or their own reflections in my goggles. Some... Read more
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3:28 AM | What I learned this Earth Day, 2014
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – In the summer I drive to my favorite of many nearby glacial lakes, a deep down-turned gumdrop of cool water ringed in lillypads. I catch painted box turtles. After a frenetic chase and what feels like too long without air I surface gasping, and marveling at each turtle’s personality. They might battle hissing and clawing at air, or hide a bit before emerging to inspect me… or their own reflections in my goggles. Some... Read more
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12:25 AM | Hey! Are you going to the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. this weekend?
Because I am! You can find all sorts of information about this jam-packed, brain-exploding FREE science fest over on their website. As for me, I’ll be performing!!! Whatever that means!! Come see me talk about science things on Saturday and Sunday! It will probably be fun! Here’s the expo map and schedule in convenient PDF form :) Huh. Wait a sec… I was just reading that expo schedule for Saturday… and, umm… SAGAN HELP ME I AM SCHEDULED BETWEEN MICHIO […]

April 22, 2014

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9:55 PM | The Big Apple
I can’t believe that it’s less than a year since I first visited the old fire station in Norwich, then at the very start of its transformation into the science- and maths-centric Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form College – so … Continue reading →
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7:26 PM | Celebrating Earth Day in 2014
Me and milkweed fruit - my #NatureSelfie for #EarthDay. Nash Turley, a naturalist, photographer, musician, and PhD student in evolutionary ecology at the University of Toronto, snapped this shot in Ithaca, NY, in 2011. He tweeted, "Everyday is Earth Day; the fact that the calendar says today is 'Earth Day' doesn't really mean anything to me. Sort of like how aboriginal cultures don't have a word for 'nature' because they didn't see themselves as separate from nature….the fact that we […]
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4:15 PM | Cataracts - A science-y cover of Macklemore’s...
Cataracts - A science-y cover of Macklemore’s “Cadillacs” from everyone’s favorite rapping science teacher, Tom McFadden. If you haven’t heard of Tom, he’s a teacher at The Nueva School in the Bay Area. His students don’t just learn science, they rap it, and they rap it well. Here’s some of their previous hits: That’s Metal (“Gas Pedal” cover) Watson and Crick vs. Rosalind Franklin rap battle All the Salamanders […]
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4:13 PM | No Time to Waste: Students Pursue Environmental Progress Instead of Exam Grades
College students get out of the classroom and pursue environmental initiatives with partners in surrounding communities.
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4:02 PM | Celebrate Earth Day with Extreme Science
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Robin Bell will participate in a Google+ Hangout hosted by the White House on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00 pm EDT. Bell, who will join the Hangout from New Zealand, is a polar scientist who studies sub-glacial lakes, ice sheet dynamics and tectonics in Earth’s polar regions.
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4:00 PM | Peer Review
For the past few decades, scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal was the gold standard. When you read a peer-reviewed journal, you might disagree with the conclusions of the authors, but you knew that it was solid work. And, for the most part, the top-tier journals are still like that. Journals like Nature, Science, and […]
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2:30 PM | The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom...
The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts and mash them together. In this first lesson of a three-part series on space-time, hilarious hosts Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie go through the basics of space and time individually, and use a flip book to illustrate how we can begin to look at them together. View full […]
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1:00 PM | Why aren’t math professors sociopaths?
Great open from Chris Hayes: Imagine you’re a scientist in some sci-fi alternate universe, and you’ve been charged with creating a boot camp that will reliably turn normal but ambitious people into broken sociopaths more or less willing to do anything. There are two main traits you’d want to cultivate in your recruits. The first […]
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2:02 AM | The Future of Discovery
In March 2014, Rob spoke at TEDxSantaCruz, explaining how much we don’t know about the species living on us, in us and around us – the life, large and small, inhabiting our belly buttons, our foreheads, our homes, our backyards. He shared the approach we’re taking at Your Wild Life (and in our new Students Discover education initiative) to harness the power of the public – via citizen science – to make real discoveries about these species with whom we share our […]

April 21, 2014

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3:30 PM | AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated
Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own… Source: Doubtful News
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1:00 PM | Peas or carrots: Evidence-based education programs targeting stress and attention
I’m always keen to hear how scientists are able to reach out to their communities, whether it is by talking to young students about research opportunities, by tutoring or teaching, or by taking steps outside the lab to make direct links between research and the community. At this year’s meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), one of […]
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1:00 PM | Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability
Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 judges and hundreds of projects from young scientists in grades 5 through to 12, with […]
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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11:00 AM | Elementary vs Foundational
Euclid’s proof that there are infinitely many primes is simple and ancient. This proof is given early in any course on number theory, and even then most students would have seen it before taking such a course. There are also…Read more ›
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12:51 AM | Stunning images of graduates from the Women’s Medical College of...
Stunning images of graduates from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University). The University was founded in 1850 and is one of the first institutions in the world to train women in medicine and offer them an M.D degree. Women came from all over the world to train there. Just right click open in new tab to see full size With thanks to Drexel University for maintaining the archives

April 20, 2014

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11:35 PM | Baffling Balloon Behavior Not only does Destin have one of the...
Baffling Balloon Behavior Not only does Destin have one of the best YouTube channels on this fair planet, but he is also a wizard.  Just kidding, he just has an eye for science in everyday life. In the latest Smarter Every Day, Destin and his two adorable assistants make a helium-filled balloon do something very, very strange inside their accelerating minivan. So strange, in fact, that you might feel like his family car is a secret portal to a land where physics is broken. Here’s an […]
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2:07 PM | Neuroscience is not ready for schools
I don’t believe that children’s education should be experimented with. This is a personal concern of mine. I am dyslexic and entered school in a short period when a drastic change in curriculum had banished all phonetics from learning to read/write. That may work for some students but it certainly did not work for me […]
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