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November 19, 2014

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12:00 PM | Some handy tips towards stress-free PhD completion…
Laura and I both submitted our theses at the end of September after four years of intense work. We felt there’d be some value (nostalgic to ourselves, hopefully useful to others) in putting together some tips of our own now that we can look back on our achievements. There are loads of brilliantly-written and extremely […]

November 18, 2014

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10:00 PM | Communication Breakdown
By Thomas Over the last week space science got a lot of publicity thanks to Rosetta and its sidekick Philae. ESAs successful attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet was all over the news. Apart from the news coverage, … Continue reading →
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8:50 PM | #SfN14 Day 3: How to Effectively Communicate Your Science to the Public
This post is part of my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. You can read other posts in this series here. I’m also live-tweeting some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Join the conversation at #SfN14.My positively GORGEOUS new cell scarf from Artologica (Michele Banks)!Check out her Etsy store for this and other incredible art!Talk about exhaustion. I didn’t get a chance to write yesterday because I was too busy meeting Internet friends at #sfnbanter. In case anyone […]
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2:26 PM | Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging
What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, […]
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2:26 PM | Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging
What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, […]
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2:26 PM | Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging
What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, […]
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9:56 AM | Ebola – a Case Study of Scientific Communication
Medical student and Lindau alumnus Yasin Emanee on what the Ebola epidemic taught him about the scientific receptivity of the people in his country. As a final year medical student in India, it is not uncommon to be enquired about the symptoms of diseases and basic medical advice by one’s friends and family. Some time back, when […]

November 17, 2014

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3:49 PM | Sounds of Seismology
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Ben Holtzman grew up discovering science through interactive exhibits in San Francisco’s Exploratorium and now provides a similar experience for others. Holtzman designs immersive shows that allow people to experience what earthquakes and seismic waves look and sound like as they move through and around the Earth. On Monday, November 17th at the American Museum of Natural History Hayden Planetarium, Holtzman and his collaborators will present one […]

November 16, 2014

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9:55 PM | Scientist to science writer
It began as an adventure, of the flying kind. The smell of jet fuel and the constant engine roar in the quilted interior of the de Havilland Beaver reminded me of the Arctic. Of travelling three hours by Twin Otter to a remote glacier site, then waiting anxiously two months later, in fog and rainy…
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November 15, 2014

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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
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”. **** The big […]
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
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”. **** The big […]

November 14, 2014

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7:54 PM | To tweet or not to tweet…at conferences
Live-tweeting, whether a department seminar or a conference talk, is one of the most powerful aspects of academic Twitter I’ve witnessed. It’s not an easy skill, but it’s worth cultivating, because it has tremendous value in bringing exciting research to a broad audience. Instead of the twenty to two hundred people […]
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1:17 AM | The victimisation of Aspartame – told through ‘Mean Girls’ parody
Like the best of school yard gossip, a lot of the pseudo-scientific slander aimed at Aspartame has stuck. Rumors from ‘Aspartame causes cancer‘ to ‘Aspartame is part of a giant government conspiracy to make American poor people stupid’ get given airtime on TV, get published on YouTube, and continue to attract attention and public concern. […]

November 13, 2014

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4:34 PM | Let’s have a discussion about live-tweeting academic conferences
Tl,dr version: I think we need more appropriate guidelines for live-tweeting conferences, specifically regarding the broadcasting of sensitive research. This should be at the discretion of the author, and ideally stated at the beginning of each talk. Suzie Maidment, a colleague and friend of mine, recently started a major discussion on and off the internet […]
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4:00 PM | For they are jolly good fellows
We’d like to congratulation two recently appointed plant-biological Fellows of the Royal Society: Professor Liam Dolan FRS and Professor David Beerling FRS.
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9:00 AM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature – Part 12 with Dr. Michael Mann
 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 […]
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2:43 AM | Aid Organizations Working in Ebola Regions (v2.0)
This is an update of an earlier post. We’re heading in to mid-November, and while the very disturbing logistics/supply chain chart showing that some personal protective equipment stock in countries battling Ebola are at “zero”–and had been for a while–have … Continue reading →

November 12, 2014

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5:32 PM | OutbreakChat: A Livetweet of a Movie That Gives People Nightmares,…
…and probably not for the reason you think. Outbreak is one of those movies people seem to either love or hate (or possibly love to hate); almost everyone I know who has anything to do with public health, infectious diseases, … Continue reading →
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2:33 AM | Show Your Work
“There’s something sad about an unread book”. - Thomas Hardy The most heartbreaking moments in the ‘arts’ space are not from watching people fail. People fail all the time.  A director tries something new, a painter works with a new medium, a performer delivers their lines a new way – and often the results are hideous. […]

November 11, 2014

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7:15 PM | Scientists Engage With the Public During Lava Flow Threat
On 27 June, lava from Kīlauea, an active volcano on the island of Hawai`i, began flowing to the northeast, threatening the residents in Pāhoa. Eos recently spoke with Michael Poland, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and a member of the Eos Editorial Advisory Board, to discuss how he and his colleagues communicated this threat to the public.
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9:00 AM | 365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II
In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I […]
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9:00 AM | 365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II
In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I […]
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9:00 AM | 365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II
In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I […]

November 10, 2014

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4:43 PM | What Makes Science Bloggers Tick with Paige Brown Jarreau! Episode 72
This week we’re talking to Louisiana State University PhD student Paige Brown Jarreau about her work trying to understand what makes science bloggers tick, or at least why they do what they do. We also discuss the role and future of crowd-funding scientific research. Show Notes: Help support Paige’s crowd-funding campaign – https://experiment.com/projects/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-what-does-the-science-blogger-do?s=search Paige has(...)
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12:30 PM | Open Letter to Bill Nye from a Plant Scientist
Below is an open letter from Kevin Folta, a plant scientist at the University of Florida, Gainsville. In recent years, Folta has taken a leading role as an educator on the subject of agricultural biotechnology. He often engages with GMO critics and foes. Folta is a professor in a public institution and his research is […]The post Open Letter to Bill Nye from a Plant Scientist appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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12:16 PM | We need clear policy on tweeting from academic conferences
When Susie Maidment presented her in-progress research at SVP in Berlin last week, someone came in late, missed her “no tweeting, please” request, and posted a screenshot of the new work (since deleted). On the back of that, Susie started an interesting thread in which it became apparent that people have very different assumptions. She, and Marc Jones, and […]
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8:00 AM | Oct 28th Antares Rocket failure
On October 28th when an Antares rocket exploded 14 seconds after lift-off at Nasa’s Virgina launch centre alot of people were wondering (and still are) what went wrong to cause such a fiery catastrophe. The rocket itself was not owned by Nasa, but was a private contractor company called Orbital Sciences that was contracted to […]
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6:29 AM | The Tickle.
Do you have a sibling who just loves poking you in the ribs? Well I do. Every single time, the poking gets to me and I just can’t help but to squeal both in laughter and in pain. Honestly, I have no idea why I laugh, especially because it’s not all that funny and it’s […]
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5:13 AM | Musings about Muse
Today I’d like to talk about a little thing called Muse. And no, I don’t mean the British band. I am actually talking about a rather interesting bit of technology that is supposed to help reduce stress and anxiety as well as shorten the length of migraines. Stress plays a huge role in my life […]

November 09, 2014

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7:21 PM | Drones: Not all Evil
As headlines of air strikes in the Middle East and South Asia become commonplace and threats of government surveillance start to dominate the media alongside DIY tutorials that have emerged online, drones have become a hot topic in the past decade and seem to be here to stay. We mostly know drones for their use in the military […]
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