Posts

March 01, 2015

+
12:11 AM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/02/2015
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 […]
+
12:11 AM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/02/2015
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 […]

February 27, 2015

+
7:44 PM | The SCICOMM 25 (2.27.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list.   This Week's Top 25 Science […]
+
7:05 PM | What the media missed about #TheDress
Blue/black vs. white/gold isn’t the point. How #dressgate has opened up many more interesting questions about vision and the brain. by Amanda Alvarez   It’s not often that the Twitterverse … Continue reading →

February 26, 2015

+
6:53 PM | Tutorial 29, Appendix B: good, bad, and ugly titles of Matt’s papers
Last October, Mike posted a tutorial on how to choose a paper title, then followed it up by evaluating the titles of his own papers. He invited me to do the same for my papers. I waited a few days to allow myself to forget Mike’s comments on our joint papers – not too hard […]

February 24, 2015

+
10:44 PM | Effective Communication, Better Science
Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. Thus to be... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 23, 2015

+
8:46 AM | Not All Higgs Are Created Equal
A recent Nature Physics paper has been causing a bit of a stir. Boldly titled “The Higgs mode in disordered superconductors close to a quantum phase transition”, this paper presents evidence for the existence of a Higgs-boson-analogue in particularly exotic metals, namely thin films of superconducting NbN and InO. Thing is, this result isn’t really […]
+
8:00 AM | Anatomy of a First Person Shooter (part 2)
    Continuing on from my last post, this post will be about the level design, AI and optimization of FPS games. First off on the list is level design, this is probably the most obvious and easy to notice aspect of a games development. Level design is an over-arching term that applies to the development […]

February 22, 2015

+
11:38 PM | Project Superhero: Using Pop Culture to Inspire Kids’ Interest in Science
In my pop-sci writing, mainly here, at Psychology Today, and in the books Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, I use superheroes as foils for communicating science. I have encouraged other... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
9:58 AM | My Top 3 Favourite Citizen Science Projects of 2014
Over the past few years, citizen science has gone from being a unknown and isolated idea to a trend that is resulting in real scientific discoveries. Last year I wrote a post about what citizen science was and some of my favourite projects, and (lucky for you) here I am again to tell you more about […]
+
7:47 AM | Feb.19/15 Boat Racing!
The last session was really fun! After working tirelessly on our 3D printed boats for weeks, the big day finally arrived. We took our boats out to the water, to see them move, if they could move at all! We had to do certain accomplishments. First challenge: if they could float in still water. Everybody […]
+
7:41 AM | Toes!
I don’t know about you but I’ve always found toes to be the most useless things ever. I mean, you can grab objects, write, or play an instrument with your fingers. But can you write with your toes? Or even pick something up other than a pencil you’re too lazy to reach down and grab? Not […]

February 21, 2015

+
3:09 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 20/02/2015
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 […]
+
3:09 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 20/02/2015
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 […]

February 20, 2015

+
10:34 PM | Art Takes on Science: An Experiment in ScienceArt & Blogging
This July, Symbiartic will celebrate its 4th birthday along with the entire Scientific American Blog Network. To date, we have featured more than 230 science artists in over 460 posts as the field... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
5:57 AM | Art and Science: A Perfect Pairing
As an FSL-er who also enjoys painting and attends an arts mini-school, sometimes I get asked which career path I want to pursue in the future—as if there was a dichotomy between science and art. While I am not yet sure what I want to do, I think it’s interesting how, even though people often […]
+
2:45 AM | The SCICOMM 25 (2.20.15)
Welcome to the latest edition of the SCICOMM 25. This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list.   This Week's Top 25 Science […]

February 19, 2015

+
6:00 PM | Four Ways Scientists Can Give Good Answers to Bad Questions
One of the reasons I love working with scientists is that they tend to be very direct. Ask a question: get an answer. Sometimes the answer is a little long and makes me revisit basic physics I haven't thought about since middle school, but I definitely get an answer. Thankfully, most of the questions journalists, policymakers and citizens ask scientists are straightforward. But many are off-base and sometimes even badly framed. If a scientist provides a direct answer to a bad question, they can […]

February 18, 2015

+
10:34 PM | Inflammation, Acupuncture, and HPA axis: Faulty Science Clouds Understanding
In the wake of my recent critique of acupuncture being touted as a remedy for allergic rhinitis, I was pointed (via a Twitter comment) towards a 2013 review in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which purported to propose a mechanism for the much-claimed anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture. There are several putative mechanisms, discussing all of which will make this post gargantuan. Therefore, I shall focus on the explanation involving the […]
+
10:34 PM | Inflammation, Acupuncture, and HPA axis: Faulty Science Clouds Understanding
In the wake of my recent critique of acupuncture being touted as a remedy for allergic rhinitis, I was pointed (via a Twitter comment) towards a 2013 review in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which purported to propose a mechanism for the much-claimed anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture. There are several putative mechanisms, discussing all of which will make this post gargantuan. Therefore, I shall focus on the explanation involving the […]
+
10:34 PM | Inflammation, Acupuncture, and HPA axis: Faulty Science Clouds Understanding
In the wake of my recent critique of acupuncture being touted as a remedy for allergic rhinitis, I was pointed (via a Twitter comment) towards a 2013 review in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which purported to propose a mechanism for the much-claimed anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture. There are several putative mechanisms, discussing all of which will make this post gargantuan. Therefore, I shall focus on the explanation involving the […]
+
8:37 PM | Science and Social Media: Some Academics Still Don’t ‘Get It’
An archiving experiment/first go at Storify.
+
4:27 PM | Pangea: The Animated Life of Alfred Wegener
Another winner from Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck. The duo are responsible for producing animated science documentaries. Their previous effort includes the beautiful The Animated Life of A.R Wallace.This recent one is on another Alfred...Wegener.  He proposed in 1910 that continents drift. They must have once been together but then they broke apart and shifted positions through geological history. Wegener had spent time in the Arctic and in Greenland working as a meteorologist and the […]

February 17, 2015

+
10:02 PM | CitSci2015: An overview of the inaugural Citizen Science Association conference
Citizen Science 2015 marked the inaugural meeting of the Citizen Science Association from Feb 11- 12 in San Jose, California. Over 600 participants from 25 different countries converged to discuss […]
+
4:54 PM | Science communication as a “responsibility”
“I am a scientist, first and foremost, but I feel it is my responsibility to answer questions from the public when I am asked,” Diffenbaugh said during a panel on communications Feb. 12 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Jose, California.
+
12:15 PM | 'Careers' in Science Communication
Last week I was invited to speak at a Biomedical careers event at the University of Aberdeen about Careers in Science Communication. I thought others might find the presentation useful (especially some of the links) so I have included it below.I put a post out on twitter for gif's and images that encapsulated the 'field' of science communication. The brilliant Matthew from Errantscience.com created these two gems.Ways to do #SciComms comic based on extensive research :P […]

February 16, 2015

+
9:34 AM | The importance of being Earnest – The case of climate change
In Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Cecily and Gwendolen want to marry a man named Ernest simply because of the name’s connotations. They are so fixated on the name that they would not consider marrying a man who was not named Ernest. The name, sounding like “earnest”, shows uprightness, inspires “absolute confidence”, implies that its bearer truly is honest and responsible. A name can truly be very important when it […]
+
4:28 AM | 3D Printed Vaccines
You know how when you have been searching online for information on a specific subject, the ads that pop up for the next while are all on that subject? Well, I had recently been doing some research on 3D printers and a few days ago while looking for something unrelated online, one of those pop […]

February 15, 2015

+
6:30 PM | Chomp Chomp
For the past few months I have lucky enough to experience the great pain of impacted wisdom teeth, and just to clarify, that was sarcasm. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25, but I got mine at 16–which is quite normal. For those who don’t know, wisdom teeth do not have […]

February 14, 2015

+
8:43 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 13/02/2015
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 […]
123
71 Results