Posts

July 23, 2014

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7:55 PM | Science Communication: Making the Switch
***This is a guest post I wrote for the SciLogs blog network. You can read the full piece, complete...
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3:52 PM | Virtually Speaking Science: Megalodons, Mermaids, & More with David Shiffman
Tonight on Virtually Speaking Science, I have a treat for biology and science fiction lovers: David Shiffman, a PhD student in shark biology and conservation at the University of Miami, known to many by his Twitter name WhySharksMatter, will be … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Using Google Trends to Gauge Climate Change Perception
Climate change is happening. There’s no question about it, despite what some news media outlets would have you believe. To mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change, it is prudent to understand how people learn about climate-related issues in the first place. Corey Lang is a researcher in the Department of Environmental and

July 22, 2014

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4:00 PM | An explosive mix: C4, C3, C2 and CCM
How many more variants exist amongst the 325,000 species of flowering plants (let alone all the algae and other members of the plant kingdom)?

July 20, 2014

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6:46 PM | Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Commander Chris Hadfield captured the world’s imagination last year, when, from 13 March to 13 May 2013, he was the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. While aboard the ISS, Commander Hadfield did a series of “experiments,” both for scientists, but, perhaps most importantly, for youth. This included genuinely interesting questions like “How […]

July 19, 2014

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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
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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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
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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10:45 AM | The Week's Top Science Communication Stories (7.19.2014)
This week’s list includes some great stories looking at social media’s impact on scientific...

July 17, 2014

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6:06 PM | Publiscize Your Research
Author's Note: I recently came across an article talking about a new website called Publiscize, a platform that helps scientists break down and promote their published research for a lay audience. The platform, a service for science communication straight from researchers themselves, was founded by Robert Seigel, a postdoctoral research fellow in atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami. I contacted Robert to ask him a few questions about this new platform […]
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6:06 PM | Publiscize Your Research
Author's Note: I recently came across an article talking about a new website called Publiscize, a platform that helps scientists break down and promote their published research for a lay audience. The platform, a service for science communication straight from researchers themselves, was founded by Robert Seigel, a postdoctoral research fellow in atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami. I contacted Robert to ask him a few questions about this new platform […]
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6:06 PM | Publiscize Your Research
Author's Note: I recently came across an article talking about a new website called Publiscize, a platform that helps scientists break down and promote their published research for a lay audience. The platform, a service for science communication straight from researchers themselves, was founded by Robert Seigel, a postdoctoral research fellow in atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami. I contacted Robert to ask him a few questions about this new platform […]

July 16, 2014

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3:30 PM | Adventures in the (other) field: Mass Media Fellow Julia Rosen reports from the Los Angeles Times
“Buzz! Buzz! We want you to have time to speak with the Los Angeles Times,” a woman named Christina interjected. I was standing, clutching my notepad and recorder, in Buzz Aldrin’s office in West Los Angeles on probably the most challenging assignment of my summer (so far) as a scientist-turned-reporter for the LA Times.
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2:00 PM | HOORAY for Basic Science Research! And duck genitalia
Basic science =  scientific questions that are founded in understanding theory, or the natural world around us Applied science = scientific research that is directly applicable to humans. i.e. Cancer research The last few years of financial crisis have seen a rise in criticism over basic scientific research. NPR does a great job of summarizing […]
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11:00 AM | From paper to press release: making your research accessible to the wider public
During the General Assembly, EGU Media and Communications Manager Bárbara Ferreira shared her science writing skills and media know-how in a workshop demonstrating how to write a  press release or post about the latest geoscience. Here are her take-home messages… “When you communicate science, no one else is more important than your audience.” Bárbara opened with […]

July 14, 2014

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4:00 PM | Cause for optimism (maybe not…)
There’s an insufficiency of people to grow the new crops that aren’t being identified because of the dearth of plant taxonomists. Where will it all end..?

July 13, 2014

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10:53 AM | Ep 155: Fact or Fiction with ANSTO
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation undertakes research and development in nuclear science and technology. This has wide application including nuclear medicine, atmospheric monitoring, materials engineering, neutron scattering and climate change research.ANSTO is also very active in science communication, and one of their major community engagement projects is Fact or Fiction, a 90 minute show where the audience watch clips of classic sci-fi hits before voting on […]

July 12, 2014

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7:02 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 11/07/2014
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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7:02 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 11/07/2014
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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3:21 PM | Building DC goes to Mexico (or, why is the geologist taking pictures of the doorframe?)
One of the interesting things about inviting a geologist to any sort of historic site is the inevitable moment when they get distracted by the stones that have been used to build whatever fabulous architectural treasure it is that you're admiring. Case in point: When I was invited to go to the New Horizons Symposium in the Chimalistac neighborhood of Mexico city, I spent at least a few minutes each day taking photos of the walls (much to the amusement of my fellow conference-goers).

July 11, 2014

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7:28 PM | Humanity on a high
Altitude sickness comes from lack of oxygen in the atmosphere, but lack of oxygen can cause other complications. Despite this, some specific populations across the globe compensate through biochemical specialisations in the way their bodies operate. This is particularly obvious in tribes living the Andes or high up on the Tibetan plateau, some 4000m above […]
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2:25 PM | The Week's Top Science Communication Stories (7.12.14)
This week I found some great stories that explored academic storytelling, accessing science comm....

July 09, 2014

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7:58 PM | Open Access to Science Communication Research: Your Options
In a recent blog post on Communication Breakdown, Matt Shipman started a discussion about science communication journals and obstacles to making them open access (OA) for the benefit of science communication practitioners. Critiquing, suggesting, sharing ideas and data—this communication is the heart of science, the most powerful tool ever invented for correcting errors, building on colleagues’ work and fashioning new knowledge. – Waldrop, Science 2.0 There are a variety of […]
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7:58 PM | Open Access to Science Communication Research: Your Options
In a recent blog post on Communication Breakdown, Matt Shipman started a discussion about science communication journals and obstacles to making them open access (OA) for the benefit of science communication practitioners. Critiquing, suggesting, sharing ideas and data—this communication is the heart of science, the most powerful tool ever invented for correcting errors, building on colleagues’ work and fashioning new knowledge. – Waldrop, Science 2.0 There are a variety of […]
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7:58 PM | Open Access to Science Communication Research: Your Options
In a recent blog post on Communication Breakdown, Matt Shipman started a discussion about science communication journals and obstacles to making them open access (OA) for the benefit of science communication practitioners. Critiquing, suggesting, sharing ideas and data—this communication is the heart of science, the most powerful tool ever invented for correcting errors, building on colleagues’ work and fashioning new knowledge. – Waldrop, Science 2.0 There are a variety of […]

July 08, 2014

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9:08 PM | The Road to Bad Science Is Paved with Obedience and Secrecy
We often laud intellectual diversity of a scientific research group because we hope that the multitude of opinions can help point out flaws and improve the quality of research long before it is finalized and written up as a manuscript. The recent events surrounding the research in one of the world's most famous stem cell research laboratories at Harvard shows us the disastrous effects of suppressing diverse and dissenting opinions. The infamous "Orlic paper" was a landmark research article […]
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9:08 PM | The Road to Bad Science Is Paved with Obedience and Secrecy
We often laud intellectual diversity of a scientific research group because we hope that the multitude of opinions can help point out flaws and improve the quality of research long before it is finalized and written up as a manuscript. The recent events surrounding the research in one of the world's most famous stem cell research laboratories at Harvard shows us the disastrous effects of suppressing diverse and dissenting opinions. The infamous "Orlic paper" was a landmark research article […]
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4:00 PM | One of a kind…
Rare and monotypic Amborella is probably the living – extant – flowering plant closest evolutionarily to the first true member of the angiosperm group.

July 07, 2014

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6:00 PM | Science or Ciencia? Carolina’s Story
Carolina’s ears started feeling really hot. It wasn’t because of the temperature inside the laboratory, it was because of her embarrassment. To Carolina’s classmates she was Carol, they had no idea that she spoke Spanish, or that her grandmother barely spoke English. Abuela Rita wasn’t the source of the embarrassment. Carolina was proud of her […]
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10:30 AM | Summertime – and the science multimedia posts keep coming
By Raymond Nakamura and Lisa Willemse Multimedia subject editors Your Science Borealis multimedia editors are working hard on a virtual patio, sipping cyber cocktails, as we discuss summery science posts involving different media… Raymond: Summer is precious in Canada and combines so many memories of personal experience with a fundamentally scientific concept. I love how Kate at ClimateSight has explored ideas about seasons in the fantasy world of the books and TV series, Games of […]

July 06, 2014

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6:57 PM | It's been a while!
The last time I posted on MicroMicrobe was over six months ago - I can’t believe how quick time flies!  I’ve recently been getting more involved in STEM communication, and last week I took part in a fantastic online science outreach event called “I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here" -which takes place three times a year. Scientists interact with students online through answering questions and live chats in a Facebook messenger style. The students can vote […]
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