January 28, 2015

3:30 PM | Designing Science Tattoos
Ink and bones. Depictions of rocky matrix embedded under the skin. Time for a peek at some science tattoo designs, including one I have not shown before: Some of the most rewarding work I do from... -- Read more on
12:34 PM | Remembering NASA Challenger and #STEMDiversity
The crew of STS-51-L: Front row from left, Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair. Back row from left, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, Judith Resnik. Monday, January 28, 1986: It was a... -- Read more on
12:00 PM | Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned
I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they... -- Read more on
7:55 AM | An Offensive Strategy for Dealing With Creationist Attacks on Science
I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading about the failures of young earth creationist attempts at doing geology. Many people have come before me, tearing this nonsense down bit-by-bit.... -- Read more on

January 26, 2015

10:03 PM | Virtual Dissection Method Could Reinvigorate Zoology
Last summer, researchers demonstrated that non-invasive imaging combined with a staining technique enables the fast comparison and study of earthworm species and other animals in unprecedented... -- Read more on
6:54 PM | Scientific American Video: We’re Huge in Hungary
In early January, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti noticed that our video “What Happens to Your Body after You Die?” had 466,000 views on YouTube. Well, now it has more than... -- Read more on
1:30 PM | Learn to Count like an Egyptian
Last semester, I began my math history class with some Babylonian arithmetic. The mathematics we were doing was easy—multiplying and adding numbers, solving quadratic equations by completing the... -- Read more on

January 25, 2015

6:30 PM | An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required
One of the most inspired design studios working at the intersection of science, art, and technology today is Nervous System, a Massachusetts-based team led by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse... -- Read more on
2:06 PM | You Should Know: Nadia Myrthil and A Lady in Neurophilosophy
It’s the 20th installment of this series, and the first one of the new year. Happy 2015! You Should Know introduces you to scientists (and engineers), science blogs and now science... -- Read more on

January 24, 2015

10:45 AM | Physics Week in Review: January 24, 2015
Sunday brought two NFL playoff games, whereby the Seattle Seahawks eked out an unlikely victory over the Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots trounced the Baltimore Colts. But the latter... -- Read more on

January 23, 2015

4:07 PM | Weekend To Do: Apply for paid Summer Research Programs in STEM
Lately, I’ve been posting a lot of REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) on Facebook (Like my Fan Pages and get updates, too. Here and Here) and Twitter, and now I am going to put it... -- Read more on
3:00 PM | 1,215: The Record Number of Rhinos Poached in 2014
South Africa has finally finished compiling its report on the number of rhinos poached in the country last year and, as expected, the news is terrible. All-told, 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers... -- Read more on

January 22, 2015

4:37 PM | Venus Flytraps Risk Extinction in the Wild at the Hands of Poachers
Earlier this month four men were arrested for poaching on the Holly Shelter Game Land preserve in North Carolina. Their arrest made national headlines, and history, as they became the first people... -- Read more on

January 21, 2015

2:10 PM | Notes From The Frontier: Life’s Origins
I spent some of last week at a fascinating and lively symposium on the origins of life and the search for life in the universe, held at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute... -- Read more on
8:14 AM | It’s National Hug Day! Let’s Hug the Geology of Hug Point!
Hug Point State Park in Oregon could use a hug. Pioneers certainly weren’t very affectionate with it: they blew bits of it up. Millions of years before that, massive amounts of flood basalt... -- Read more on

January 20, 2015

1:34 PM | Time To Teach: Supporting Technology for Science Education in Special Education Classrooms
As regular readers of this blog are aware, I am deep proponent of science outreach to the under-served. However, I acknowledge one of the areas that I am weak and that’s in my science outreach... -- Read more on

January 19, 2015

5:29 PM | #ReclaimMLK: The Revolutionary and Geek – my thoughts on rejecting sanitized images of Dr. King
The United States national holiday that commemorates the birth of human and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is always a somber occasion for me. I acknowledge that I am all into... -- Read more on
1:00 PM | Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Amal Fahad and Rasha Osman, Part II
I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September. Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, it brings together recipients of prestigious awards in... -- Read more on

January 17, 2015

10:18 AM | Physics Week in Review: January 17, 2015
This week on Virtually Speaking Science, I chatted with physicist Ainissa Ramirez, co-author of Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game about her life as a self-described science... -- Read more on

January 16, 2015

3:00 PM | The Real Paddington Bear: Cute, Unique and Endangered
As the new “Paddington” movie opens in U.S. theaters today, let’s take a look at the real-life endangered species that inspired author Michael Bond’s beloved books: the Andean spectacled bear.... -- Read more on

January 14, 2015

9:09 PM | Mexican Wolves Finally Get Endangered Species Status
North America’s smallest and rarest wolves will finally have the full protection of the Endangered Species Act. Well, almost. Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) nearly went extinct 40 years... -- Read more on
8:48 PM | Undergraduate Research Highlights from #SICB2015
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a restorative holiday break. I spent nearly two weeks with family and friends and it was glorious. I capped off the break attending the annual meeting Society for... -- Read more on
6:29 PM | Fight at the Museum: Confronting Visitor Biases
Midway through the school year, parents and teachers are starting to plan (and fundraise) for winter and spring field trips. Among the most popular destinations is the science museum. The Association... -- Read more on

January 12, 2015

9:27 PM | Giving Birth To A Tropical Parasite [Video; Not For The Squeamish]
“Why is it that an animal that is actively trying to kill us, such as a lion, gets more respect than one that is only trying to nibble on us a little, without causing much harm?” -Piotr... -- Read more on
7:40 PM | Science and Art Exhibits To Launch 2015
The number of exhibits combining science and art in some capacity has grown steadily since I began blogging about them in 2011. With exhibits in galleries and museums across the country,... -- Read more on
1:00 PM | Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Amal Fahad and Rasha Osman, Part I
I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September. Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, it brings together recipients of prestigious awards in... -- Read more on
8:08 AM | Wallace’s Woeful Wager: How a Founder of Modern Biology Got Suckered by Flat-Earthers
In January of 1870, Alfred Russel Wallace found himself on a collision-course with a group of creationists who fervently believed the earth is flat. The father of biogeography, co-discover of the... -- Read more on

January 10, 2015

10:00 AM | Physics Week in Review: January 10, 2014
As you read this, we are making our way back to sunny Los Angeles after spending some time in Seattle. The Emerald City is on fire with Seahawks fever, so it seems appropriate to read that geologists... -- Read more on

January 09, 2015

1:58 PM | First footage captured of rare ‘Type D’ orcas
As they were tracking a Nigerian poaching vessel through the South Indian Ocean on Boxing Day last year, Australian conservationists aboard the SSS Bob Barker saw something pretty incredible –... -- Read more on

January 08, 2015

10:43 PM | Teeny, Tiny Relative of Komodo Dragon Discovered in Australia
Lizards don’t get much bigger than the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), which can reach three meters in length and may weigh as much as 70 kilograms. But not every member of the Varanus... -- Read more on
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