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October 19, 2014

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11:01 PM | Nature jargon
At a recent meeting on “Natural Capital”, Jo Pike from the World Forum on Natural Capital drew our attention to a “sustainability jargon buster” that they developed last year. Jo has a background in communications and highlighted an important point: if we are to conserve and sustainably exploit the environment, we need a common language. Ecologists can’t always agree on terminology amongst themselves but when we try to talk to economists and businesses to try and […]

October 18, 2014

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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
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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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
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 […]

October 17, 2014

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4:29 PM | Prehistoric climate – wish you were there?
Last week I wrote about how cyclical variation in Earth’s orbit influences the long-term climate here on the surface. I also left you on a cliff-hanger promising knowledge of how we know what we know regarding climate in the deep past. This week, I give you the answer: oxygen. Atoms or isotopes? A very quick […]
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5:18 AM | I am a scientist. Should I also be a journalist?
  I have always considered communication as an integral part of being a scientist. This is why I joined ClimateSnack, which improves my writing and provides a direct channel between early career scientists and a broad audience. I am no expert on scientific communication – rather, I am a young scientist trying to make sense […]Author informationGabriele MessoriI am Ph.D. student in the Physics Department at Imperial College London. My research interests focus on meridional heat […]

October 16, 2014

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5:36 PM | And now for the fun part: choosing your outreach activities!
The wonderful thing about science communication and outreach is that there are an almost infinite number of ways to share your science. We’ve made a quick list of some of the kinds of activities you can be involved in to share your science.
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9:43 AM | Computer-connected brains: science fiction or science future?
Newcastle University’s Thomas Hall listens to the chatter between neurons to find signals which could help restore movement to people paralysed by strokes or spinal injuries. He describes his research in his commended entry for […]

October 15, 2014

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11:41 AM | Scientific meetings. The freedom to tweet and the freedom not to be tweeted
Some tweets from a meeting on Arctic sea ice reduction organised by the Royal Society recently caused a stir, when the speaker cried "defamation" and wrote letters to the employers of the tweeters. Stoat and Paul Matthews have the story.The speaker's reaction was much too strongly, in my opinion, most tweets were professional and respectful critique should be allowed. I have only seen one tweet, that should not have been written ("now back to science"). I do understand that the speaker feels […]

October 14, 2014

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4:00 PM | M people and the ‘B’ word…
No, this is not an item about M People, an ‘English house music band which formed in 1990 and achieved success throughout most of the 1990s’, nor about using profane language… Anyway, how would any of that be relevant to a straitlaced, sober, serious botanical news round-up that is the hallmark of a P. Cuttings item? […]
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8:07 AM | 3 Diseases More Terrifying than Ebola
Yes, Ebola is scary, and yes, it is getting worse. However, Ebola is NOT the worst, nor the deadliest, disease out there right now. Terrify yourself with these horrific diseases – all of which could be cured with a greater global investment in research, healthcare, and just plain ‘ol poverty fightin’. 03. Trigeminal Neuralgia Trigeminal […]

October 13, 2014

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7:21 PM | The demise of ScienceOnline
So it seems that the pioneering science communication conference Science Online is no more. It's a sad piece of news, especially since I attended the conference twice and had registered to attend it again in Atlanta next year.The news is sad but it's not entirely surprising; in fact I got the first whiff that something might be wrong when I was getting emails asking me to encourage others to register even one week after registration opened (usually registration sells out in minutes). The events […]
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7:05 AM | 3D printed buildings?
You have probably heard of 3d printing, or even 3d printed something yourself, what’s the largest thing you have ever printed? 10cm? 20cm? What if you could 3d print something the size of a building… Thats just what a Chinese company by the name of Yingchuang New Materials was able to do. The company was able […]
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6:09 AM | Top 4 reasons why… uh, nobody cares.
They say humans are exposed to thousands of advertisements and messages per day, and forget practically all of them. We go through life with a big Shania Twain ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much‘ filter.  You have to be pretty gosh darn interesting for people to actually care. The thing is, we’re still being subjected to […]
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6:02 AM | Fuel for the Soul
During the last few days, I spent my time at a music camp. I rehearsed for eight hours a day, slept late, and woke at sunrise, yet I did not feel tired. In fact, I felt surprisingly awake, more awake than I have felt ever since September. This seemed strange to me, and so I decided […]
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2:07 AM | I am a Psychic
Reader, would I surprise you if I knew who you are? I could describe your personality right here, right now. And I’m not using any fancy hidden cameras or anything. I can really read your personality without even knowing you! This is my description of you (The description is from this link but slightly combined with this): You have a […]
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12:35 AM | Defining Pain
We’ve all experienced it; a hand misplaced on a hot stove, a pulled muscle from soccer, or a headache from dehydration. But when asked, “what IS pain?” many people find themselves at a loss for words. As it turns out, what is a part of daily life and one of the most important sensations that […]

October 12, 2014

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8:55 PM | Publishing, power dating and technology
Every year, a staggering 1.5 million scholarly articles are published in c. 27,000 peer-reviewed journals, and… the number of articles is set to double every 20 or so years (Campbell, […]
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2:02 PM | Human-made climate change, or climate change made humans?
We hear a lot in the news about accelerated climate change due to human activity, and for very good reasons. Just have a glance at the first half Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2014 report (IPCC 2014 Summary) if you want to know how we’ll all be affected by climate change in our own lifetimes. […]
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1:53 AM | Nobody trusts a scientist
They say trust is like a glass. Once it’s broken, all you have left are a mess of pointy shards that will rip your hands open if you try and touch it. Science, like a good marriage (and possibly a good SCUBA dive partnership), is based on trust. The public have to trust in your authority […]

October 11, 2014

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9:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 10/10/2014
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”. **** Eyes on the... […]
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9:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 10/10/2014
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”. **** Eyes on the... […]

October 10, 2014

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9:00 AM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 7) with Marshall Shepherd
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 how and […]

October 08, 2014

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8:34 PM | Scientists and Reporters Just Want to Get to the Bottom of It All
After just a few short months, my desk at the Los Angeles Times had succumbed to the same peculiar malady as my desk at Oregon State University, where I did my Ph.D. in paleoclimatology: It seemed to have sprouted a thin coat of fluorescent sticky notes. Each tiny square bore a fact that merited remembering or a question that demanded answering, and, every day, they multiplied.
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2:19 PM | The known knowns: we know everything about the physics of everyday life
I would like to thank Sean Carroll. Sean made me appreciate something that I think is quite profound, and that should be much better known than it is: that we understand, at a fairly deep level, how the everyday world works. It’s a theme he’s returned to often in his blogging and writing, but here are a couple of key posts that lay it out.The laws underlying the physics of everyday life are completely understoodSeriously, the laws underlying the physics of everyday life really are […]
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12:20 PM | Meet the Professor Who Thinks STEM Education is a Laughing Matter
Pete Ludovice has always been pretty explosive. He admits he even ‘blew up’ his lab as a grad...

October 07, 2014

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4:00 PM | New plant journal
It just had to happen, but we didn’t know it would take nearly 150 years to come to fruition. And fruition is an apt word because the creation of a new botanical journal has recently been announced by the publishers behind Nature, the world’s premier general science journal. Imaginatively entitled Nature Plants, this new organ is […]
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5:10 AM | How to leave a comment
There’s been some intense commenting over on LinkedIn recently, where I posted an article about the new product from Coca Cola, called ‘Coca Cola Life‘. Predictably, the comments quickly denigrated into the most simple forms of name-calling, dung-hurling, and general dissonance…. until this awesome comment popped up from one Ross E. Hartfield. I asked Mr […]

October 06, 2014

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4:26 PM | Something is funny at Science Magazine
Since many of you are AAAS members, as am I, I think you might be interested in an open letter blogged by Michael Balter, who identifies himself as "a Contributing Correspondent for Science and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at New York University". I have been writing continuously for Science for the past 24 years. I […]
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3:49 PM | Toothbrushes are up to 95% less effective after 3 months and hugging your children regularly can raise their risk of anxiety, alcoholism, or depression by up to 95%
It sounds impossible, but this statistic is true: Hugging your child regularly can raise his or her risk of anxiety, alcoholism, or depression by up to 95%. I don’t even need a citation. Does it mean parents should stop hugging their children? No. You’d think that it couldn’t possibly be right, but the truth is […]
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9:17 AM | Blog Awards Winners 2014
EcoEvo@TCD was awarded Best Science & Technology Blog in Ireland at the Blog Awards ceremony on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who has contributed posts over the past couple of years. It’s nice to know that we’ve put some good thoughts down on paper! Keep the posts coming.  
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