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February 28, 2015

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2:21 AM | Figures and Figure Legends
This is part of a series of tutorials I’m putting together for my students. So, you have collected some interesting data from your experiments. Since no one but you will be reading your lab notebook (but hopefully people could if they wanted to), you need to present that data in figures so the rest of […]

February 27, 2015

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Molly Oldfield
Special thanks to Molly Oldfield for answering 6 questions about her recently featured book – The Secret Museum: Some Treasures Are Too Precious To Display Molly Oldfield studied Modern History at Oxford before becoming a writer and researcher on […]

February 24, 2015

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1:11 PM | Anti-GMO Propaganda
There is so much anti-science propaganda out there I often feel like I am emptying the ocean with a spoon. Just today I was faced with an array of choices for my post – should I take on anti-vaccine, anti-GMO, or anti-AGW propaganda? For today, anyway, anti-GMO won. I’ll get to the others eventually. This [...]

February 23, 2015

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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7:32 PM | Merging bacteria and solar technology to make fuel
Can living creatures be used to form part of a machine? While this might sound like something out of Doctor Who, the ever-trusty scientific barometer that is popular culture will tell us that this idea is perhaps not as horrific to us as it might first seem – from Robocop to hamster-powered school projects, the…

Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA & Nocera DG (2015). Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25675518

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February 19, 2015

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3:52 PM | Literature Searching, Reading, Organizing
This is part of a tutorial series I’m writing for my students. Science writing first requires a lot of science reading. Any scientific manuscript will require numerous other references to scientific literature to substantiate the facts upon which it builds. This means you have to become familiar with a body of literature related to the […]

February 18, 2015

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6:30 PM | Renewal Season
It’s February, and what I have come to think of as contract renewal season. I’m reasonably confident of continuing the work I’m doing, which is split between coordinating the online MSc (mostly student wrangling, as I think of it), teaching … Continue reading →

February 16, 2015

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2:02 PM | Clear and Concise: General Suggestions for Manuscript Preparation
Today’s post is the first tutorial on some general good practices of scientific writing and manuscript preparation. Many of the suggestions are based on common errors I’ve seen so far in very rough drafts from my students. If you have other suggestions, please offer them in the comments section. Congratulations, you have some research to […]

February 15, 2015

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6:16 PM | Suggestions for Science Writing
In the biochemistry lab course I’m teaching, I’m trying to incorporate more scientific communication skills. The basic structure of this lab involves cloning a gene for recombinant protein expression, purifying the protein using affinity chromatography and analyzing the hell out of its kinetics with different substrates and inhibitors. This overall context gives the students insights […]

February 11, 2015

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Christine McKinley
Special thanks to Christine McKinley for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, and author. Her […]

February 09, 2015

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11:30 AM | Plain language, mitochondrial donation, and sketchy science – all under the Science Borealis roof
by Brian Owens and Stephanie LePage General Science editors Occasionally, when it comes time to write one of these highlights posts, the General Science editors feel a little envious of the other subject categories on Science Borealis. While Sarah and Sri over in Earth & Environment had a ready-made topic in the International Year of Soil, and Alex and Kasra in Biology & Life Sciences had World Wetlands Day, we’re blasted with a firehose of topics and ideas to share and summarize. […]
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11:30 AM | Plain language, mitochondrial donation, and sketchy science – all under the Science Borealis roof
by Brian Owens and Stephanie LePage General Science editors Occasionally, when it comes time to write one of these highlights posts, the General Science editors feel a little envious of the other subject categories on Science Borealis. While Sarah and Sri over in Earth & Environment had a ready-made topic in the International Year of Soil, and Alex and Kasra in Biology & Life Sciences had World Wetlands Day, we’re blasted with a firehose of topics and ideas to share and summarize. […]

February 04, 2015

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7:29 PM | And Baby Makes Three
The UK looks like it will be the first country to allow babies with the genetic material of three parents, with our MPs voting for the bill on Tuesday. Now in the UK we also have a House of Lords, … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Jon Agar
Special thanks to Jon Agar for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond I am a Professor of Science and Technology Studies. I write on contemporary technologies (mobile […]
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