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November 26, 2014

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10:48 PM | Malaysia Boleh!
Malaysians are fond of saying “Malaysia Boleh”, which translates to “Malaysia can!”.  This can do attitude might be behind these insightful words from Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, in his opening talk on Asia’s clean energy options: Too often, the climate and energy debate is presented as a problem. Instead of asking who can win big […]
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9:57 PM | Jonathan Glazer announced as new Screenwriting Fellow
Wellcome Trust Headquarters was transformed into a hive of showbiz activity this evening as the latest recipient of Wellcome Trust/BFI Screenwriting Fellowship, run in association with Film4, was announced. Putting an end to months of speculation, Wellcome Trust Director of Strategy, Clare Matterson announced our new Screenwriting Fellow. Elspeth Houlding was at the event… The […]
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9:57 PM | Jonathan Glazer announced as new Screenwriting Fellow
Wellcome Trust Headquarters was transformed into a hive of showbiz activity this evening as the latest recipient of Wellcome Trust/BFI Screenwriting Fellowship, run in association with Film4, was announced. Putting an end to months of speculation, Wellcome Trust Director of Strategy, Clare Matterson announced our new Screenwriting Fellow. Elspeth Houlding was at the event… The […]

November 25, 2014

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12:32 PM | “Open access wins all of the arguments all of the time.”
One is rather inspired. OpenCon 2014 was a wonderful time bringing together the best minds in early career research and the ‘world of open’ to discuss how we make access to knowledge, data, and educational resources better for everyone. It wasn’t so much an event*, as a milestone. Here’s the story of its success. I […]

November 24, 2014

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8:29 PM | Geeks, Robots and Drooling STEM Educators
The other day my wife suggested we take the kids to a movie. I had no idea what we were going to...
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11:30 AM | How we do science communication: survey results
by Lisa Willemse & Catherine Anderson Communication, Education, and Outreach subject editors In our last editorial, we discussed a report by the Council of Canadian Academies that labeled science culture as “underdeveloped” in English Canada. This gap appears to be rich in opportunity for Canadian science bloggers and other creators of science communications. But those of us who do this sort of work know that it’s not quite as simple as penning a few words or taking a few […]

November 23, 2014

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7:27 PM | Gifts for Geeks: 2014 Edition
It’s (almost) that time of year again! With Christmas only a month away and Black Friday upon us, it’s definitely time to start thinking about the perfect gift for the person in your life who has a passion for STEM that almost outweighs my Instagram addiction. Here I give you eight more gifts for the […]

November 22, 2014

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9:08 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 21/11/2014
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”. This week: Deeply […]
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9:08 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 21/11/2014
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”. This week: Deeply […]

November 21, 2014

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12:51 PM | Podcast from my Interview on Near FM’s Enviro Show
I was recently invited to participate on the Enviro Show hosted on Dublin’s Community Radio Station, Near FM. We chatted about red squirrels, grey squirrels, pine marten, invasive species and more. The interview starts about 29 mins into the podcast. Enviro 17/11/14 by Enviro On Nearfm on Mixcloud
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12:51 PM | Podcast from my Interview on Near FM’s Enviro Show
I was recently invited to participate on the Enviro Show hosted on Dublin’s Community Radio Station, Near FM. We chatted about red squirrels, grey squirrels, pine marten, invasive species and more. The interview starts about 29 mins into the podcast. Enviro 17/11/14 by Enviro On Nearfm on Mixcloud
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9:05 AM | The most important essay on scholarly publication this week
…is not actually about scholarly publication. It’s Steve Albini’s keynote address at Melbourne’s Face the Music conference. It’s about the music industry, and how the internet transformed it from a restrictive, top-down oligarchy that mostly benefited middlemen into a more open, level, vibrant ecosystem where artists can get worldwide exposure for free, and yet are […]
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12:48 AM | Everyone Likes to Fundraise When it Involves Penguins, Right?
As many of you know, Dr. Jacquelyn Gill been the target of some serious online abuse this past week, all for just saying “hey, that shirt’s not cool to wear to a global, history-making science event.” And yet, in addition … Continue reading →

November 20, 2014

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1:00 PM | A University Rethinks Research Communication
Today my colleagues and I are proud to share the results of nearly a year of hard work,...
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12:57 PM | The Internet Responds to a Scientist's Sexist Shirt
I started off thinking this was going to be a short piece asking if we were approaching the...
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12:50 PM | 'Best of' the Top Science Communication Stories - Part 3
This is the third of a three-part ‘Best of’ series showcasing more than 300 of the...
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11:30 AM | SCIENCE BOREALIS: EDITORS’ PICKS FOR 2014!
To celebrate our first anniversary, we asked our team of volunteer editors to select their favourite blog from their category, the one they thought everyone should know about. Here are their picks! —- Multimedia (editors Raymond Nakamura & Lisa Willemse) Monsters and Molecules by Laura Ulrich Laura’s visually engaging blog is an excellent exploration of science through art. She incorporates imagery: drawn, photographed or created digitally, with simple labelling to […]
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12:33 AM | We Choose To Kickstart To The Moon
Lunar Mission One is an exciting, innovative way to fund science, but what does Kickstarter-funded science mean for the future?

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 […]
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6:03 AM | Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Science of Comets
Recently the scientific community—as well as space enthusiasts everywhere—have been watching and celebrating as the Philae comet lander became the first spacecraft to land on a comet (specifically, comet 67P). After a few suspenseful hours during which Philae fell silent as its batteries ran out, it was able to recharge using solar power and send its […]
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4:44 AM | A Cardboard Bicycle?
How would you like a $30 cardboard full sized bicycle? Israeli mechanical engineer Izhar (Izzy) Gafni has been actively working on this project since 2009, inventing a machine that can manipulate cardboard sheets to form the strongest bicycle structure possible. “The idea is like Japanese origami,” he says. “You fold it once and then it […]
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3:39 AM | Watch It!
Have you ever stood on the skytrain and had the feeling of being watched, or that guy eyeing you from across the room. This sensation, either true or false, is actually a real feeling and may be hard-wired in our brains. The feeling of being watched has happened to us all, don’t fret–you are not […]

November 16, 2014

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10:05 PM | Where did Ebola come from?
In some parts of Africa, where Ebola outbreak has caused terror among population, rumours regarding the origin of Ebola is spreading. Some of the religious groups say that Ebola comes from those dead in the area, who revived and took the street to find preys. It is also said that zombies walk the streets of […]
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