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September 29, 2014

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8:00 PM | Pinker explains why academics can’t write
Ahead of tomorrow’s release of Steven Pinker’s new book on writing, The Chronicle features a teaser essay – “Why Academics’ Writing Stinks”: An insight from literary analysis and an insight from cognitive science go a long way toward explaining why … Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | What REALLY Happens When Researchers Work with the Press?
Over the past week the Internet was a-buzz following publication of a study in Journalism &...
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5:44 AM | Commercial space-flight?
During the last decade a lot has happened in the aerospace industry, from bigger passenger jets to stealth fighter jets, but in my opinion the biggest leap is in private space-flight. Just 10 years ago space-flight was only available to a select few astronauts working for government space agencies. Today you can buy a ticket […]
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5:16 AM | Curry Powder to Rewire Your Brain
Turmeric, besides proving my attempt two weeks ago at aseptic procedure messy and unsuccessful, has another potential property — treating Alzheimer’s. Passionate about neuroplasticity, I am surprised that a herbal remedy was shown in a recent research to increase the growth of neurons (brain cells). This is similar to my last year’s science fair project, “A Pill to Rewire Your Brain”. Turmeric is […]
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5:02 AM | The Ideal Work Environment
Now that school is finally starting (yipee!), the homework is starting to pile in (aw…). With so many assignments to do and such a limited amount of time, time management and focus become the essence of life. Everybody knows the secrets to time management: follow a set schedule, use your mental strength, and don’t go wandering online. But with […]

September 28, 2014

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11:57 PM | Sept. 25: 3D Printing!
The last session of FSL was a blast! We had two wonderful speakers show us the world of 3D Printing and Design. They taught us how to use a 3D design software (Autodesk123) and how to use the 3D Printer. We all learned a lot. After we learned how everything worked, they proposed a challenge […]
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10:09 PM | Writer’s Block: Causes and Cures
Have you ever sat down to write a paper, a blog post or even an email and had absolutely nothing to say? Well my friends, you are not alone! I too have this problem on occasion. Take the past few days for instance; I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with something […]
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6:23 PM | Science of the Season: What Makes Leaves Change Colour?
We’re officially one week into autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, and Vancouver’s unusually long, warm summer has started to give way to the incessant rains, blinding fog, and one of the most iconic signs of fall- leaves abandoning their more conservative green tones to beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows, which will eventually become the […]
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5:15 PM | Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic
  53 million years old, and it may be the smallest mammal that has ever lived. Batodonoides vanhouteni was a shrew-like mammal that scientific illustrator Jen Christiansen has deftly described... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:19 AM | Journalism Post Sept 25
Today we got the opportunity to have two excellent speakers teach us how to 3d model. After a brief presentation on how prototypes are used we moved right into a tutorial on how to use Autodesk 123 a free modeling software. Groups were formed and the design challenge addressed — getting a boat to float. […]
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2:40 AM | Quick update: Reporting on vaccines from Mozambique and my writing process
I mentioned my blog posts would be more sporadic as I finish up the book, and some, like this one, will be just brief updates to let folks know what I’m up to as it relates to the topics on this blog. The first part of my update is the most exciting: I applied for […]

September 27, 2014

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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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1:42 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 26/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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1:42 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 26/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

September 26, 2014

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8:57 PM | Science Blogging Tips from Mass Communication Students
Paige Brown Jarreau: This is a guest post by Maddie Duhon, Kathryn Courtney and Savanna Ronco, students of #SciCommLSU, a coastal environmental communication course I currently co-teach at the Manship School of Mass Communication. These students are mass communication undergraduates interested in learning how to communicate about science. This week, they were tasked with surveying a sample of blogs/posts from the science blogosphere and coming up with their own tips to engage readers. […]
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8:57 PM | Science Blogging Tips from Mass Communication Students
Paige Brown Jarreau: This is a guest post by Maddie Duhon, Kathryn Courtney and Savanna Ronco, students of #SciCommLSU, a coastal environmental communication course I currently co-teach at the Manship School of Mass Communication. These students are mass communication undergraduates interested in learning how to communicate about science. This week, they were tasked with surveying a sample of blogs/posts from the science blogosphere and coming up with their own tips to engage readers. […]
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8:57 PM | Science Blogging Tips from Mass Communication Students
Paige Brown Jarreau: This is a guest post by Maddie Duhon, Kathryn Courtney and Savanna Ronco, students of #SciCommLSU, a coastal environmental communication course I currently co-teach at the Manship School of Mass Communication. These students are mass communication undergraduates interested in learning how to communicate about science. This week, they were tasked with surveying a sample of blogs/posts from the science blogosphere and coming up with their own tips to engage readers. […]
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11:00 AM | GeoEd: Under review
In this month’s GeoEd column, Sam Illingworth tells us about how teaching undergraduate students about peer review can help eliminate bad practice. To anybody other than a researcher, the words peer review might seem like a fancy new age management technique, but to scientists it is either the last bastion of defence against the dark […]

September 25, 2014

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8:08 AM | How To Organise An Outreach Event
Public engagement: love it or hate it, it’s part of modern life as a researcher. For the record, I love it, and I’ve done quite a bit of outreach in my 2 years as CM-DTC outreach co-ordinator for the St Andrews area. Since I’m passing on the baton, I made a by-no-means-complete checklist of all […]

September 24, 2014

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8:21 PM | Distilling the Essence of Climate Change Complexity
I am teaching two journalism classes this semester, with climate change being a main focus these past few weeks. We had an obvious news peg in Sunday’s big climate march and the gathering of world leaders this week in NYC. Students in both classes have received climate change 101 lessons from me–where the body of […]The post Distilling the Essence of Climate Change Complexity appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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8:00 AM | Worm Watch Lab: one year on
It’s been more than a year since we launched Worm Watch Lab, a citizen science project in which people watch videos of tiny nematode worms. So what’s been spotted in […]
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12:28 AM | Red wine and… exercise, or how to deconstruct the hype of a health news story
I ran across one of those health stories recently that made me want to cheer, laugh and cry all at the same time. Really, the headline says it all: “Is Drinking Wine Better Than Going to the Gym? According to Scientists, Yes!” And of course, because of both the subject matter (red wine!) and the […]

September 23, 2014

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4:00 PM | Plants, the inside story
Flowering plants devoid of leaves, roots, shoots and some without chloroplast DNA. Are they really plants? Discuss!
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7:18 AM | Is the public debate on climate change turning a corner?
When I started this blog in late 2009, things were not good with climate change in the media: the UEA/climategate emails had just been leaked and COP15 in Copenhagen didn’t go so well. A couple of years before that, though, I felt that there was quite a lot of optimism. IPCC AR4 and the Stern […]

September 22, 2014

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11:40 PM | On regret…
(Image is of John Greenleaf Whittier’s character Maud Muller regretting her inaction. “Maud-Muller-Brown” by John Gast, artist, after J.G. Brown. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons) Recently I was spending some of my unprecedented (and technically nonexistent) free time browsing the internet looking for some nice quotes to throw out in casual conversation. This activity, […]
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9:04 PM | The photographing ecologist
Photography is classified as art, ecology is science. Two distinct worlds that only very rarely show some overlap. I am . . .
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5:50 AM | Finally, the End to Your USB Woes
Do you ever try sticking your USB into the USB port only to find it in the wrong orientation? Your world crumbles as you stare in horror at the plight before you. Painfully you twist your USB around and gingerly slide the USB into the socket. You breathe a sigh of relief. The crisis has […]

September 21, 2014

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11:05 PM | Night Life! Friday 26th Sept
This Friday, members of EcoEvo@TCD, as well as others from the Botany and Zoology departments and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research will present Night Life! in the Zoology building at Trinity College Dublin. The event is FREE to attend and we will be open from 6pm-10pm with the last entry at 9.30pm. Night Life! is an opportunity to meet researchers and to find out the kinds of things we do. Prof. Yvonne Buckley will give you a taste of our research highlights, Kevin Healy will wow you […]
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