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December 20, 2014

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3:00 AM | Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
By Jon Agar Synopsis: A compelling history of science from 1900 to the present day, this is the first book to survey modern developments in science during a century of unprecedented change, conflict and uncertainty. The […]

December 19, 2014

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews James Lu Dunbar
Special thanks to James Lu Dunbar for answering 8 questions about his recently featured book – The Universe Verse James “Jamie” Lu Dunbar lives in Oakland, CA where he helps manage the Sirius Puppy Training School, James & Kenneth Publishers and Dog Star […]

December 18, 2014

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10:28 AM | We’re Number One! We’re Number One!
Some great news this week – the joint SRUC and University of Edinburgh submission to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework was ranked as number one in the UK for agriculture and veterinary sciences. There’s a lot of very happy and … Continue reading →

December 17, 2014

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3:00 AM | The Universe Verse
By James Lu Dunbar Synopsis: The Universe Verse is a scientifically-accurate rhyming comic book about the origins of the universe, life on Earth and the human race. It introduces and illuminates the most fundamental features of our […]

December 15, 2014

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3:44 PM | What would you like to learn in 2015?
As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, I’m director of CosmoAcademy: the branch of the CosmoQuest public outreach/citizen science organization that runs online classes. We’ve had a good year, offering a variety of classes on many topics. Now we’re looking ahead to 2015 and the sorts of things we want to offer in the new year. […]
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2:27 PM | The Mound Builder Conspiracy
Even after a couple of decades as a skeptical activist I can still encounter new dark recesses festering with pseudoscience. The human capacity for nonsense seems endless. A report in an alternative news outlet from the American Institution of Alternative Archeology (AIAA – the tag “alternative” is a huge red flag) claims that the Smithsonian [...]

December 11, 2014

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7:06 PM | A History of Birds, Crocodilians… and Dinosaurs
It appears that today, thanks to the power of whole genome analysis and as published in Science magazine, we gain a knowledge about the ancient history of birds as never before. “An international team of scientists has completed the largest whole genome study of a single class of animals to date. To map the tree of life for birds, the team sequenced, assembled and compared full genomes of 48 bird species representing all major branches of modern birds including ostrich,... Read more
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7:06 PM | A History of Birds, Crocodilians… and Dinosaurs
It appears that today, thanks to the power of whole genome analysis and as published in Science magazine, we gain a knowledge about the ancient history of birds as never before. “An international team of scientists has completed the largest whole genome study of a single class of animals to date. To map the tree of life for birds, the team sequenced, assembled and compared full genomes of 48 bird species representing all major branches of modern birds including ostrich,... Read more
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7:06 PM | A History of Birds, Crocodilians… and Dinosaurs
It appears that today, thanks to the power of whole genome analysis and as published in Science magazine, we gain a knowledge about the ancient history of birds as never before. “An international team of scientists has completed the largest whole genome study of a single class of animals to date. To map the tree of life for birds, the team sequenced, assembled and compared full genomes of 48 bird species representing all major branches of modern birds including ostrich,... Read more

December 10, 2014

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12:49 PM | The Instructor Chronicles: Semester 1, Part 1
We last left Superhero PhD leaving the funeral of her research career for a new adventure in biochemistry laboratory instruction… The course she was entrusted with has a really great structure- starting from cloning a gene to expressing a protein to enzymology and protein crystallization. There was just precious little time between Superhero PhD’s start […]

December 09, 2014

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3:15 AM | George Aranda Reviews 1,411 QI Facts To knock you sideways
Review by George Aranda 1,411 QI Facts To knock you sideways Compiled by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson & James Harkin I’m someone who loves facts. Any chance I have to play a trivia night, I’m […]
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3:00 AM | 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways
by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin  Synopsis: 1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year’s groaning sack of astonishment. […]

December 06, 2014

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1:00 PM | Saturday Shillery: Stuff I like
Want a unique gift for your sciency-nerdy-geeky-gamer friends this holiday season? Ethan shared a list of his favorite ugly gamer sweaters, and I want to share a list of some things I like: Geeky/Sciency Pendants: OrfebreEvolution, including the ‘Lady Knights’ designs by Ryan Grant Long Geeky art: Ryan Grant Long has a shop up at Society6 Chain-mail,…

December 03, 2014

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5:46 PM | The Fashionable Scientist
Science, being the awesome beast it is, recently landed a ten year old probe on a comet. My laptop is three years old and it’s already beginning to groan and whine. But you’ve probably heard and seen the commotion over … Continue reading →

December 02, 2014

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4:00 PM | Measuring the Worth of One’s Salt
The crowd milling around the salt boutique is a mix of young bohemians and bourgeois baby boomers, all looking to add some flavor to their lives. The description of every product is written in transcendent prose that describes how each salt formed in a distinct, yet ‘natural’ environment, free of human interference. This salt was […]
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3:00 AM | Explosive Experiments (Horrible Science)
by Nick Arnold (Author) and Tony De Saulles (Illustrator) Synopsis: Which scientist blew up his barbie in an experiment? Who tried – and failed – to get rid of his fingerprints with acid? How did scientists […]

December 01, 2014

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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]
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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]
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3:32 PM | MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!
Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this […]

November 26, 2014

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Michael Brooks
Special thanks to Michael Brooks for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an […]
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