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April 18, 2014

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12:12 PM | Why Scientists Should Start Blogging...Now!
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Publish or Perish.’ It’s the mantra of academia. As a researcher you...

April 17, 2014

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6:00 AM | Science Writing Prize 2014: How to start a science blog
The fourth in our series of “How to” blogs comes from Kelly Oakes, Science Editor of BuzzfeedUK, who shares her tips on how to start a science blog.  1. Figure out why you want to blog Maybe you’re a PhD student wanting to share your research with the world, or take a break from it […]

April 16, 2014

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10:34 AM | Crusading for invertebrates: effective outreach in schools
Imagine going into schools with live insects and spiders: it becomes about controlling the excitement, dispelling fear and culturing curiosity. This is what Minibeast Mayhem does every day! Sally-Ann Spence is known in the Twitterverse as “Minibeast Mayhem”, an educational outreach program for schools in the UK. I have been incredibly impressed with her program, and based on what I read and see on Twitter, she is an extremely gifted and successful crusader for invertebrates. Whether […]
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12:00 AM | Deus Dominus Machina
Let’s do something totally unproductive today: Let`s play god. Well, it`s going to be “playing god” if you go with the saying “Evolution is god’s way of issuing upgrades”. For everyone else it’s going to be “Let`s play simple-laws-that-lead-to-complex-life”*. A … Continue reading →

April 15, 2014

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5:12 PM | How To Use Video Effectively to Communicate Science: 10 Tips
A video tip I created is being featured on the Union of Concerned Scientists website this week. They have a great series called “Science Network Tip of the Week”, which features useful suggestions for communicating science effectively. They also provide … Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | Video Competition finalists – time to get voting!
This year we’re running the first ever EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition – the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 4 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it’s time to find the best geoscience […]
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more

April 14, 2014

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4:35 PM | See you in Raleigh!
I’ve just registered (a whole two days ahead of the deadline!) for the 2014 Evolution meetings, which this year are hosted by NESCent at Raleigh, North Carolina. Up to now, my strongest association with Raleigh is from a childhood of watching The Andy Griffith Show, in which Raleigh is the big city from Mayberry’s point […]
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1:00 PM | Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability
Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 …The post Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability appeared first on Sci-Ed.

April 12, 2014

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3:07 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 11/04/2014
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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3:07 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 11/04/2014
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 […]

April 10, 2014

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6:41 PM | Mapping fantasy: The story behind the Game of Thrones geologic maps
Science fiction can be a really cool gateway for sharing science fact. Earth science is imaginative, and can draw on pop culture, like the HBO show Game of Thrones. My graduate school friend and Generation Anthropocene co-producer, Miles Traer, recently brought science fact and science fiction together over this show in a hilariously awesome and super fun project.
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4:00 PM | A positive plethora of plant papers!
The Scientist, as a general science news item site, occasionally features plant-related items, but it has surpassed itself with its January 2014 collection.
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2:00 PM | Reach out and grab some cash
I use twitter primarily to keep up with what’s new and newsworthy in science and science communication. It’s a great tool to quickly catch up on new discoveries or  controversies. It also can expose opportunities you had no idea existed. … Continue reading →
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10:32 AM | Peer-to-peer science communication within the ivory tower
Science is built upon a system of peer-review and collaboration, and Universities are meant to be institutions of higher learning and knowledge exchange, yet you just don’t see Profs wandering into a colleague’s office to chat broadly about science and exchange knowledge. Instead, we nod to each other in the hallways, and when we do chat, it’s often to discuss administration, complain about how busy we are, or or chat with our own research group about a specialized area of... […]
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9:17 AM | New science-to-policy Centre of Excellence unveiled
A new centre of Excellence was launched in Stellenbosch last week focussing on Science and Research Policy. I wrote an article about it for SciBraai: http://scibraai.co.za/new-science-to-policy-centre-of-excellence-unveiled/Filed under: News, Published Articles
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7:00 AM | Science Writing Prize 2014: How to write a science feature
The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 is open for entries – offering you a chance to win £1000 and see your article in The Guardian or Observer. We know that staring at a blank page can be daunting, so we asked Nicola Davis, commissioning editor for Observer Tech Monthly to share her advice on how […]
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6:22 AM | Big screen premiere for life’s micro marvels
It’s often hard to understand what’s happening inside us, because the processes and phenomena that influence our bodies and impact our health are invisible. Not being able to understand why we’re sick or why our body is acting the way it does can add to the stress and strain of illness. But now, a new […]

April 08, 2014

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8:26 PM | How to Talk to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This tweet from today caught my eye: One picture that will convince everyone to vaccinate their kids http://t.co/cPH5cnbd9C — ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 8, 2014 The smart folks at ThinkProgress seem to have missed all the media coverage of this recent study, which found that, for those already suspicious or concerned about vaccines, images of sick children […]The post How to Talk to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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11:21 AM | Emily Anthes discusses how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Scientific American, Psychology Today, BBC Future, SEED, Discover, Popular Science, Slate, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.  Read more
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