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September 17, 2014

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10:20 PM | The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now?
It has long been thought the type and amount of microbes using the human body as a home shape the way we live and behave. The microbiome as it is known is shown to have a greater and greater impact in our daily lives. A new study published in Nature (paywall) provides evidence demonstrating the artificial […]The post The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now? appeared first on Just Science.
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8:59 PM | In Case You’re Tempted to Think 3D Modeling All Looks the Same
I initially contacted Bryan Christie to request permission to feature his spectacular cheetah illustration in this year’s blitz. He agreed, and so here it is, in all its glory: But he also... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:51 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature – Part 4 with David Schultz
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]

September 16, 2014

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4:00 PM | Sugar versus Auxin: which is dominant?
Of the plethora of aspects of plant growth and development that the hormone (OK, plant growth regulator…) auxin is implicated in/involved with (e.g. embryo development, leaf formation, phototropism, gravitropism, fruit development, abscission, root initiation and development…), surely one of the most enduring is apical dominance. Apical dominance is the phenomenon whereby the outgrowth of buds on the side […]

September 15, 2014

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10:29 PM | The how to, and how not to, guide to interviewing for the Australian Public Service (2)
By Kelly Last week I started talking through the process of applying for positions in the Australian Public Service Graduate Programs. To recap, I covered some considerations for addressing the selection criteria. I applied to three departments; Department of A, Department … Continue reading →
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9:04 PM | Spinosaurus fishiness, part n
Scott Hartman has already explained–twice–that the super-short-legged, “Ambulocetus-grade” Spinosaurus from the new Ibrahim et al. (2014) paper has some major problems. Those are both good, careful, thought-provoking posts and you should go read them. I’m writing about something else fishy with the “new” Spinosaurus and, in particular, National Geographic’s media push. Let’s check out this […]
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7:12 PM | Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III
This truly is a growing concern and rightly so: Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III.The post Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III appeared first on Just Science.
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2:48 PM | Breaking Bio #65 – Sex chromosomes & Math for Biologists with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres!
We sit down to talk about the evolution of sex chromosomes and the diversity of ways organisms determine sex with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres of Arizona State University. Dr. Wilson Sayres also explains why math is important for biologists, and how public outreach and engagement needs to become more common from practicing scientists. Find out(...)
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4:56 AM | Combustion
Everyones favourite exothermic(a reaction emitting more energy than it consumes) oxidation, fire. Now as much as this is an everyday reaction for most people, few know it’s actual process. Calling me pyromaniac would be anything from false so I had my own theories from countless burnings of hundreds of materials. Some were complete failures (toxic […]
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4:46 AM | The Smart Trash Can
Japanese engineer Minoru Kurata has designed a smart trashcan which moves itself to catch your garbage as you toss it (click here to watch it in action). The system includes a wall mounted Kinect sensor that was hacked to detect the motion of trash being tossed, send the information to a computer which calculates the […]
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4:15 AM | September 11 Circuit Fun!
On September 11, the engineer stream focused on our improving our skills with circuits. First off, we played around electronics, and made simple circuits involving LED lights and motors. We experimented with different amounts of LED lights, and tried adding switches to the circuit. Personally, I’m not very experienced with circuits, and so a lot of my […]

September 14, 2014

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9:06 PM | We’ve Been Stereotyping Incorrectly
“Are you an extrovert or an introvert?” Do you often find yourself stuck in deciding between these distinct black-and-white stereotypes? Perhaps if you’re like me, who appears to be at times an extrovert or introvert, then you are most likely an ambivert. According to Myers Briggs, extroverts are action oriented: they seek breadth of knowledge and influence, […]
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10:00 AM | Blogging for a science magazine
A Q&A What is it like to blog for a science magazine? Is it different from blogging on your own independent WordPress or BlogSpot platform? What's it like to have a blog editor? Do blogs change as they are moved from independent websites to magazine blog networks? These are some of the questions I've been wondering about as I interview science bloggers for my PhD project (#MySciBlog), because science bloggers fill such a variety of roles for a variety of... Read more
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10:00 AM | Blogging for a science magazine
A Q&A What is it like to blog for a science magazine? Is it different from blogging on your own independent WordPress or BlogSpot platform? What's it like to have a blog editor? Do blogs change as they are moved from independent websites to magazine blog networks? These are some of the questions I've been wondering about as I interview science bloggers for my PhD project (#MySciBlog), because science bloggers fill such a variety of roles for a variety of... Read more
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10:00 AM | Blogging for a science magazine
A Q&A What is it like to blog for a science magazine? Is it different from blogging on your own independent WordPress or BlogSpot platform? What's it like to have a blog editor? Do blogs change as they are moved from independent websites to magazine blog networks? These are some of the questions I've been wondering about as I interview science bloggers for my PhD project (#MySciBlog), because science bloggers fill such a variety of roles for a variety of... Read more

September 13, 2014

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9:14 PM | Zzzzap!
photo by Edward Aspera Jr. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Now what happens if I talk to you about circuits? You might think of crackling, zapping electricity, rushing through wires and into bulbs and motors and dooh-dads of all sorts. You might think of AC and DC or christmas lights, or even Frankenstein’s monster. But […]
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8:00 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/09/2014
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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8:00 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/09/2014
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 11, 2014

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5:30 PM | Recommended PBS NOVA documentary focuses on vaccines
There have been some really poor documentaries related to vaccines in recent years – ones I won’t name them because of the misinformation they spread – so it’s been a breath of fresh air to see two documentaries this year that actually provide factual information about vaccines. The first is a high school student film, Invisible Threat, […]

September 10, 2014

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8:23 PM | Introducing “The Lab” – a YouTube comedy series about grad students working in a science lab
What can four busy graduates from the Banff Science Communications Program come up with during a random night of dinner and chats? This. Introducing “The Lab” – a YouTube comedy series about grad students working in a science lab. We first came up with this concept about a year ago. After the Banff program, we […]
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7:32 PM | A Career Change is Quite Literally a Dream Changer
Those who may know me also know I can have weird or vivid dreams on a regular basis. For as long as I can remember, I have had dreams of tornadoes at least once a week. Another recurring dream subject for many years has been airplanes. Me on an airplane. You might not think anything […]The post A Career Change is Quite Literally a Dream Changer appeared first on Just Science.
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10:00 AM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 3)
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]

September 09, 2014

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5:46 PM | Give a talk that holds attention!
I am just back from SVPCA, where I saw fifty 20-minute talks in three days. (I try to avoid missing any talks at all if I can avoid it, and this year I did.) As always, there was lots of fascinating stuff, and much of it not about the topics that I would necessarily have […]
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4:00 PM | Dodgy photos dog phytology
The normally genteel world of botanical research has been shaken, stirred and shocked to its very core by a retraction of a paper.
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4:00 PM | From IFLScience to Vaccination
Recently, an article in the Columbia Journalism Review about “I F*cking Love Science” (IFLS) founder Elise Andrew (@Elise_Andrew) stirred up some controversies (see postscript). In the article by Alexis Sobel Fitts (@fittsofalexis), Andrew was praised for being one of “journalism’s self-made digital-era brands.” If she isn’t already, Andrew is poised to be a new type of media superstar. […]

September 08, 2014

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7:28 PM | Mossy Drops of Water
Mineo Mizuno is a sculptor whose fascination with water as a central part of our existence took him on a journey resulting in this stunning series of large-scale moss-covered ceramic discs. His... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:13 PM | Science Blogging Something Completely Different
For many science writers, the science blog post has come to epitomize the Monty Python phrase, "and now for something completely different." And if not something completely different, than at least something different in one way or another from your typical science news story, your typical opinion column or or your typical print feature story, among other science story formats. As you might know if you've been following me on Twitter, I've been conducting interviews with science bloggers […]
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5:13 PM | Science Blogging Something Completely Different
For many science writers, the science blog post has come to epitomize the Monty Python phrase, "and now for something completely different." And if not something completely different, than at least something different in one way or another from your typical science news story, your typical opinion column or or your typical print feature story, among other science story formats. As you might know if you've been following me on Twitter, I've been conducting interviews with science bloggers […]
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5:13 PM | Science Blogging Something Completely Different
For many science writers, the science blog post has come to epitomize the Monty Python phrase, "and now for something completely different." And if not something completely different, than at least something different in one way or another from your typical science news story, your typical opinion column or or your typical print feature story, among other science story formats. As you might know if you've been following me on Twitter, I've been conducting interviews with science bloggers […]
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6:47 AM | What’s in Your Hair Texture?
For the first three years of my life, I was semi bald and was mistaken for the boy twin while my brother was the “pretty girl”.  At long last, once I finally grew hair, I had ringlets that were very Shirley Temple-esque that gradually relaxed into wavy, then mostly straight locks as my hair got […]
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