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October 31, 2014

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3:52 PM | Nutcracker Man or Human Cow?
After discussing orbital forcing of climate and how we can judge its effects in the geological record, I thought I should return to talking about hominins, but not without a smooth segue between the two. Two more proxies can also indirectly tell us what ancient climate was like, and these are are isotopes of carbon, […]
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9:34 AM | Science in a Box
“Where did dinosaurs come from?” “How are black holes created?” “How big is the Universe?” “If we use mud wraps for our skin, why can’t we use mud as shampoo for our hair?!” These are just some of the interesting (and very diverse) questions I’ve received from enthusiastic primary school students over the past couple of weeks. They’re testimony to the curiosity and imagination that’s unleased when you encourage children to […]

October 30, 2014

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7:28 AM | Pink-Haired Science Lady says: “Don’t let the bastards get you down”
(Now there’s a headline that has never, ever appeared before!) We were lucky enough to speak to celebrated scientist and science communicator Dr. Siouxsie Wiles before her TEDx talk in Christchurch this Saturday. One of the topics we spent a lot of time discussing was sexism in science.  Says Siouxsie on the topic: Yep, sexism definitely […]

October 29, 2014

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10:17 PM | Canopy in the Clouds development team analyzes its social outreach
A guest post by Greg Goldsmith, a tropical plant ecolog […]
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6:27 AM | Diversity in Science Journalism
“There’s definitely people that don’t want to see you succeed for whatever reason—sometimes it’s where you’re from, sometimes it’s what you’re saying, and sometimes it is because you have a vagina. That does exist.” – Iggy Azalea The under-representation of minority groups in science and in journalism is well-documented.  Just a few examples: The UN […]

October 28, 2014

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6:16 PM | Banging the Drum on Science When It Fits Your Tune
In her last big superlative GMO story, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon wrote: Scientists, who have come to rely on liberals in political battles over stem-cell research, climate change and the teaching of evolution, have been dismayed to find themselves at odds with their traditional allies on this issue. Some compare the hostility to G.M.O.s […]The post Banging the Drum on Science When It Fits Your Tune appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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5:00 PM | Sponsor a genome…?
Crowdfunding is being used to help sequence the genome of Azolla filiculoides by a team fromProfessor Kathleen Pryer’s Seed-Free Vascular Plants laboratory.
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11:02 AM | Fishing for treatments for muscle diseases
Jane Patrick, a PhD student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, studies zebrafish to learn more about muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy. She explains her work in her commended entry for the 2014 Max Perutz Science […]
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5:22 AM | Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators
“The communication of scientific findings with lay audiences has taken on heightened importance in recent years and scientists are now frequently being asked to play the role of public communicator for their work.” – Michael A. Cacciatore In a recent letter in Nature Nanotechnology, Anthony Dudo and colleagues survey nanoscientists as public science communicators. I can especially appreciate their results, because I used to be a nanoscientist myself! That was my past […]
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5:22 AM | Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators
“The communication of scientific findings with lay audiences has taken on heightened importance in recent years and scientists are now frequently being asked to play the role of public communicator for their work.” – Michael A. Cacciatore In a recent letter in Nature Nanotechnology, Anthony Dudo and colleagues survey nanoscientists as public science communicators. I can especially appreciate their results, because I used to be a nanoscientist myself! That was my past […]
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5:22 AM | Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators
“The communication of scientific findings with lay audiences has taken on heightened importance in recent years and scientists are now frequently being asked to play the role of public communicator for their work.” – Michael A. Cacciatore In a recent letter in Nature Nanotechnology, Anthony Dudo and colleagues survey nanoscientists as public science communicators. I can especially appreciate their results, because I used to be a nanoscientist myself! That was my past […]

October 27, 2014

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8:12 PM | Detecting Crap on the Internet
For our course about the impacts of the internet, we developed an exercise to get our students thinking critically about the credibility of things they find on the web. As a number of colleagues have expressed in interest in this, I thought I would post it here. Feel free to use it and adapt it! […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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7:36 AM | Science Communication = Choosing Your Terminology Carefully
I was channel surfing yesterday and caught the end of a science piece on graphene and its’ use in flexible computer screens. The story was on the programme “On the Money” a financially focused programme on CNBC, and was showing on one of the Sky channels. It was an interesting piece but I had to [...]
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2:58 AM | Prophecies that Really Come True
The self-fulfilling prophecy is an idea that’s really bugged me for a while, so I thought I should share it with you. I first thought of it when thinking about my favourite juice store. They have ranked their juices in order of popularity so there’s a big poster that says “#1 House Special” that describes their […]
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2:32 AM | The Smart Grid: An Energy Solution
The world is racing against the clock, trying to tackle the energy crisis before our resources run out. Lately, scientists have been coming up with new, brilliant ways of saving energy, one of which is the smart grid. The smart grid is actually not that new of a concept, but very few people know of […]

October 26, 2014

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9:06 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Dr. Buddhini Samarasinghe and Jargon Wall
Welcome to the thirteenth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may not yet know about. Introducing…Dr. Buddhini... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:42 PM | ADHD in Girls (Like me)
You know that kid in your class? The one who is always buzzing with energy or will never stop talking while the teacher delivers yet another boring lecture? The one you jokingly say has ADHD because they can never seem to focus? I’m not that kid, but I have ADHD. Yesterday I went to the […]
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3:54 AM | The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has […]
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3:54 AM | The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has […]
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3:54 AM | The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has […]

October 25, 2014

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3:28 PM | Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?
Today, I launched my first Experiment.com project for crowd-funding my scientific research. To new beginnings! The goal of my research project is to understand how science bloggers choose what to write about. This research project is the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in science communication at Louisiana State University. The role of science blogging and science bloggers is expanding and diversifying today. More Americans get their science news online and via social media than […]
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3:28 PM | Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?
Today, I launched my first Experiment.com project for crowd-funding my scientific research. To new beginnings! The goal of my research project is to understand how science bloggers choose what to write about. This research project is the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in science communication at Louisiana State University. The role of science blogging and science bloggers is expanding and diversifying today. More Americans get their science news online and via social media than […]
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3:28 PM | Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?
Today, I launched my first Experiment.com project for crowd-funding my scientific research. To new beginnings! The goal of my research project is to understand how science bloggers choose what to write about. This research project is the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in science communication at Louisiana State University. The role of science blogging and science bloggers is expanding and diversifying today. More Americans get their science news online and via social media than […]
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3:18 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/10/2014
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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