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Dragon Con 2016! http://www.scicurious.org/dragon-con-2016/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:50:28 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=7140 Read More...

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I wanna be, where the cool nerds are

I wanna see, wanna see cosplaying

Walking around with those (what’s that word again?)

Oh! Daleks!

 

I’m very excited to say I’ll be heading to Atlanta this year to be on the Dragon Con Science Track for the second time. The first time was a BLAST. It was fantastic to talk about science and fantasy and sci fi with people just as excited as I was. And the costumes! I was hugely impressed with the talent on display.

I’m even more excited for this year!

 

This year I’ll be there again, this time with my fabulous colleague Tina Saey! We will be talking Harry Potter genetics, CRISPR, head transplants, Brandon Sanderson’s neat plants and why flibanserin is such a flop. The schedule is below. So drop by, say hi, and get some science with your sci fi!

Friday 9/2

11:30
Scientific Fantasy Novels
N.K. Jemisin used real-world geology as a foundation for her fantasy novel “The Fifth Season,” while geologists have figured out Westeros’s geological ages. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy is filled with info about transitional ecosystems. Let’s explore how science appears in fantasy.
Mika McKinnon, Scicurious, Pamela Gay (M)

14:30
The Year in Science
Marriott A601-A602
Keeping up with science news is a Titanic feat. You barely scrape the surface and suddenly you’re drowning. Panelists discuss this year’s best stories, with a twist: every ten minutes, when the bell sounds, one panelist leaves and another enters. See how much they can cover before the bell rings!
Pamela Gay, Stephen Granade, Scicurious, Jeff Hubbs, Kishore Hari, Erin Macdonald

22:00
The Quantified Vagina
Hilton Grand Salon East
It’s 2016, and we have a bluetooth tampon, “Female Viagra,” and Fitbits tracking our sleep. But does science back these up? Ask your anonymous sex and health questions in this raucous late-night panel.
Emily Finke, Raychelle Burks, AB Kovacs, Ryan Consell, Scicurious, Stephen Granade (M)

Saturday 9/3

14:30
Personalized Medicine, Organoids, and Other Medical Frontiers
Medicine is changing all the time, from antibiotics losing their effectiveness to the dropping cost of medical testing. What will medicine look like in the coming decades?
Jessica Cail, Brandon Moore, Scicurious, Tedd Roberts, Tina Saey, Yin-Yin Wang (M)

Sunday 9/4

14:30
Genetics in Science Fictional Settings
From the X-Men and the Inhumans to Orphan Black to the wizarding gene in Harry Potter, genetics shows up in many fictional worlds. We’ll dive into how fictional genetics are different from real-world genetics.
Eric Spana, Scicurious, Tina Saey, Gregory Pence

 

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Sci’s Coffee-Sipping Round Up #35 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-35/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:20:15 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=7126 Read More...

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It’s the dead of summer. But science doesn’t stop when the heat index gets over 100! No! Science just tells you to stay hydrated. Coffee will do.

need coffee

Monday July 18

Tuesday, July 19

Wednesday, July 20

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 22

Monday, July 25

Tuesday, July 26

Wednesday, July 27

Friday, July 29

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Sci’s Coffee-sipping roundup, #34 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-roundup-34/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:29:45 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=7065 Read More...

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Happy post July 4th hangover! How do you all feel?

coffee pour

It’s ok, it’ll get better.

Monday:


Tuesday:

Wednesday:

 

Thursday:

Using imaging to catch mechanical doping.ow.ly/RtIX301J6MF People add extra MOTORS to their bikes!

Is “working at night” a red flag for misconduct? @Neuro_Skeptic notes working hours may vary.ow.ly/hm0l301J7bT

Does brand still matter when it comes to trust in Journalism? ow.ly/8seI301J87ZWould be interesting to breakdown results by age.

What is gender? In the Olympics, that’s not an academic question. @cragcrest on the new regulations. ow.ly/bjaj301Jonf

A new plastic makes shampoo slide, so you don’t have to throw out that mostly empty bottle. ow.ly/seB2301J5yy

Fighting the motion sickness of virtual reality. ow.ly/VhV5301J5F0 Wonder if it could work for games? It’s why I can’t play. 🙁

What’s fascinating about the FDA warning against raw baked goods is that it’s not eggs, it’s FLOUR!mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/201…

Many thanks to @docfreeride @rocza for help with this post: Why we humanize animals. ow.ly/jcr7301KRo0 It’s not bad!

Friday:

Quench a thirst with milk: even more hydrating than water. ow.ly/BkOg301OoYsSadly, I hate milk.

Everybody “wants” interdisciplinary research, but no one wants to pay for it.ow.ly/BYSI301NwOB

Today in the annals of “we all think we could do X better than the people currently doing it” #Rationalia ow.ly/NhIw301Nwnf

The battle against biofilms.ow.ly/qJBo301J6zs

Want to hear about climate change? Check out a new podcast called “Warm regards”ow.ly/eTaM301LKeH with @JacquelynGill

Osprey “momzillas,” baby bison, gorillas and podium birds. Why we humanize animal actions. ow.ly/27Hy301KScH From me.

Tiny cages make for sluggish rats. Glad to see studies on this. ow.ly/l2j9301LFSS

The NIH funding model basically ensures that science moves forward in baby steps, not leaps. ow.ly/n59m301KZeH

 

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Sci’s Coffee-Sipping Round up, #33 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-33/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:48:06 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=7043 Read More...

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It’s been a while. I would say this is because I’ve been out of coffee, but I’d be lying.

What I HAVE been doing? Well first I was at an environmental hands-on course at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. I was hands on and boots in the mud learning about nitrogen cycling in salt marshes. And since then…well I have no excuse.

But we’re back. Have some links. And some coffee.

coffee fistbump

Monday:

Every “Dory” sold in shops was caught from the wild. With cyanide. ow.ly/bXlQ301l8SYby @SarahZielinski

The power of habit. People hooked on cocaine are more likely to stick to other habits, too. ow.ly/InSj301mK3x by@lssciencenews

How juice companies game science to perpetuate the myth that cranberry prevents UTIs. ow.ly/ohmr301mLOT

“for over a century, zoologists misplaced the most scientifically significant gray seal of all time.” ow.ly/luYz301rbMI rom@Laelaps

When will then be now? Wormholes! This week’s word. ow.ly/gUX0301rgbd

Movement guidelines, what are they good for…and do kids care? ow.ly/3uYG301rID8

For memory, try working out 4 hours after learning. Guess I’ll be at a constant jog now.ow.ly/6X4i301rJjM

Bagged ice may have bacterial hitchhikers. Aieeeee. ow.ly/iq44301rJvI

Tuesday:

What’s more slothful than a 2-toed sloth? … a 3-toed sloth. ow.ly/mVdi301rJnz by@SarahZielinski

Love it! Interview with Finding Dory’s science advisor. ow.ly/eTuT301rJU4

New from me. Teens finding a wormy solution to a plastic problem.ow.ly/ZWIS301tSc9 4 kids. 4 different results. Science is tough.

Building a soil immune system. By@carlzimmer ow.ly/HQwD301tSwC

“It’s the Fake Geek Girl all over again. Oh, you’re wearing a NASA jumpsuit? Name your favorite five astronauts.”ow.ly/woZj301tT5o

Now I want a NASA jumpsuit. I have never wanted to wear a jumpsuit before. I do now. ow.ly/J5sc301tTbN

when your show called “Venom hunters” can’t get real venom scientists.ow.ly/ZKCt301u6D9 From @NerdyChristie

Hand sanitizer? Not quicker than a hand wash. Rub 30 seconds. ow.ly/N1Jb301u7Hz

A new citizen science project needs YOU to wear tiny bits of fabric places. For microbes! I am so in. ow.ly/fvXa301uQyn

Wednesday:

The divide between rich and poor, shown by what we eat. ow.ly/mQbp301v2YY

New from me. Did you know termites will follow an ink pen line? ow.ly/GFG9301wfsf A teen used it for…termite termination.

Mealworms eat plastic, and teens are determined to get them to eat us out of our pollution problem. ow.ly/F7D1301wfPI

NIH may be cutting funding to model organism databases. Not good. Many researchers live by those things.ow.ly/sx6p301wlKz

Studying microaggressions. Subtle aggressions, subtle movements, important effects. ow.ly/uHcP301woVt

The immune systems of men and women respond very differently to infection — and scientists are taking notice.ow.ly/rNLT301wp05

Mongooses pile on warthogs, to feat on their delicious ticks. ow.ly/BMon301wpgMby @jgold85

Love this. The critical question: CAN giraffes SWIM? ow.ly/eBZI301wprv But also…how silly do they look doing it?

Thursday:

The trouble with high tech prosthetics? People have to USE them.ow.ly/XPHk301wqnT

Students calculate the best and worst-equipped superheroes. Ouch, Batman.ow.ly/gSX4301wqW0

A teen used pen ink to lure termites to their DOOM. ow.ly/Q1UB301wrct

What are we going to do with all these neuro PhDs? “If we’re are losing them” If?! If?! ow.ly/I8SM301wrjr

Newborn mouse brains have to “learn” to feed themselves. ow.ly/x7AD301wrH6 by@lssciencenews

Traffic wouldn’t be so bad if we all just could behave like ants. ow.ly/vhfq301wt2Z

Why is biomedical science so…conservative? ow.ly/vaj0301wtb2Hypercompetition = less risk.

If coffee is “the whole thing” to being Bill Nye, I am TOTALLY on track to be the next@BillNye ow.ly/ub4k301wtRG

Friday:

Why national park maps are just so awesome. ow.ly/ABps301wuCZ

Feds approve first CRISPR use in humans.ow.ly/NcSj301wvcJ

As the Arctic warms, polar bears come ashore. ow.ly/r1zy301wyNj

Cancer’s contagious, if you’re a clam. Now one of 8 transmissible cancers.ow.ly/MdCZ301x2Az by @edyong209

In ocytocin we trust? @sarcastic_f highlights four new, complicated studies.ow.ly/qtfT301yFc7

Does anonymity mean aggression in comments? A new study says not always.ow.ly/ujyv301zvbH by @Neuro_Skeptic

Women Scientists with Feminine Appearance are Deemed Less Likely to be Scientists ow.ly/T2QS301zvSC >:(

Stigma isn’t gone. @sethmnookin writes about his experiences after writing about pain treatment and addiction.ow.ly/8kEN301B81w

 

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Sci’s Coffee-Sipping Round-up #32 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-32/ Sat, 07 May 2016 12:45:23 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=6927 Read More...

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To start, I got a new science shirt! It’s from Artologica, who does lovely science-themed art, and now you can WEAR IT.

neuron shirt

Don’t worry, I’ve also got coffee. Coffee: The official sponsor of SCIENCE.

Monday:

Publishers are worried about Sci-Hub…and everyone is already using it.ow.ly/4njNWl

Why aren’t there more scientists? $$ow.ly/4njNYJ With @HopeJahren But note, results-driven sci is “the real deal” too. 🙂

Help create a new science video series for kids. Asking nicely for @scicurious at Eureka! Lab. fb.me/4DDvEr3Uy

Links from last week! Peacock twerking. Microbes. Caffeine in semen.ow.ly/4njOrP

I stuck my head in a bucket of ice water for science. ow.ly/4njOzu I need your help to make science videos!

Only a successful person can afford to be honest enough to have a CV of failure.ow.ly/4njPhh

This week’s word: Vector. When you have a cold, please don’t sneeze on me. 🙂ow.ly/4njQaF

Slate attacks Science’s defense of the paywall system. ow.ly/4njQEP

Yeah a weasel shut down the LHC on Friday. Ok, it’s an EX-weasel, which is why you don’t chew on power lines, kids!ow.ly/4njR5v

Tuesday:

Civet poop coffee, is expensive…but it’s not humanely made. ow.ly/4njU3x

The new @Laelaps is live at Sci Am! Making a…splash…with prehistoric puke. Yum. ow.ly/4nkBpx

So culprit that shut down the #LHC is NOT a weasel. It’s a marten. May not have chewed things? ow.ly/4nmQl5 via @cosmos4u @CERN

Hey it looks like @joesbigidea is doing a reddit AMA today! Go ask him questions. 🙂 ow.ly/4nmRXJ

Scientists hit pay dirt in drilling of dinosaur-killing impact craterow.ly/4nmXz1

Measuring how women fare in science by how many papers they write.ow.ly/4nmXSh

The first American climate refugees. ow.ly/4nmYQN

Where did sudafed come from? Plants!ow.ly/4nn099

Wednesday:

The word of the day cerumen: earwax! More on the substance that isn’t wax at all by @jgold85 ow.ly/4nnkKt

“We would have paid her the same if she weighed 500 pounds” Even for writers, weight matters. ow.ly/4nnssj

Makers of Oxycontin are trying to block @statnews from seeing their pill marketing records. ow.ly/4nnNuk

The locks on gun science. Records for guns used in crimes still have to be stored in hardcopy. ow.ly/4no6lG

From me: What’s this crowdfunding campaign I’m talking about? Check it out! Spread the word! ow.ly/4npLuJ

When it comes to Theranos, the tech media did not ask tough questions. Basically, no one did. ow.ly/4npN2r

TIL there are elite tug of war players…and they get caught doping. ow.ly/4npRnVFrom @cragcrest

Love this older piece from @rjallain on how R2D2 flies. Wrong. ow.ly/4npRDJ#MayThe4thBeWithYou

Thursday:

Training in sexual harassment may make it worse. What happens when orgs are primarily concerned with butt-covering.ow.ly/4npS9k

#Zika is likely to become a fact of life in the US. Hopefully we get a vaccine before then. ow.ly/4nqNjj by @marynmck

There are colors we’ve NEVER seen on a screen. Because the technology isn’t there yet. Fascinating! ow.ly/4nsaSJ

A good primer on Theranos and what’s going on. Includes things like what Theranos was supposed to DO.ow.ly/4nsc1t

“Bleached” flour may SOUND creepy. But it’s not, it’s an important chemical ingredient in the perfect cake.ow.ly/4nshcw

What that weight loss study really says? Cancel the Biggest Loser already, says @DrJenGunter ow.ly/4nshJa

What’s trending on Facebook isn’t what’s…trending. When Facebook hired journalists. ow.ly/4nshYr

The congressional fight over #Zikafunding is actually about a disease slush fund. One that we need. ow.ly/4nsilY

Friday:

HIT workouts can be good for you, but they aren’t cure-alls. ow.ly/4nsj6Qreferences my HIT piece: ow.ly/4nsj9j

Superficial coverage of medical errors could leave erroneous impression with readers. ow.ly/4nuIeQ

Could be a breakdown product, and not ketamine itself, that is the antidepressant. ow.ly/4nsrep Bet R&D will be VERY interested.

This ep of @sci4thepeople you can hear me talk to @AstroKatie about gravitational waves. My head explodes 10 min in. ow.ly/4nuzLr

Don’t stop at a demo! Help us fund a video series with real experiments!http://ow.ly/4nv9Mq $4K raised so far!

In which @edyong209 ranks every episode of Attenborough’s “Life”http://ow.ly/4nvjaz

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Sci’s Coffee-sipping Round-up #31 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-31/ Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:19:44 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=6912 Read More...

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…the title of these posts has more than the usual number of dashes.

This week: I’m doing a Crowd-funding campaign!! Help me out!

Also, some thoughts on a retracted study about microbiomes and obesity. And coffee. Always coffee.

coffee owl

Monday:

I want to create a sci video series making demos into experiments. But I need your help! ow.ly/4n3QNR

Yes! Loads of science videos explain concepts. Loads more do explainers. But I want to do EXPERIMENTS. Explaining why you need to do a test over and over, running the statistics, making the graphs. All of it! I want to give students the tools they need to answer their OWN scientific questions. And I can do it all with stuff that you can buy from the grocery store. But to make the series, I need YOUR HELP. Please help fund us! 10% there already!

Loved this @sci4thepeople ep, a panel (and polite cage-match) on evolutionary psych! ow.ly/4n3R5D

An overview of the health at every size movement. Impt to note what it actually IS. ow.ly/4n3Rit

Journalism is partnering with industry now more than ever. What does that mean? ow.ly/4n3Rn4 @undarkmagexplores.

The people who rehab SLOTHS. Bonus loads of sloth pics! ow.ly/4n3Rux

ICYMI: Teachers see a golden opportunity in the foldscope. I’ve got one! Can’t wait to test with it. 🙂ow.ly/4n3REH

This week’s word…is frequently used. Frequency. ow.ly/4n3RJm

New from me! About uncertainty, and how it’s stressful. Sometimes, but sometimes not? AUGH this is stressing me out. ow.ly/4n4AuN

Tuesday:

From @sci4thepeople , how the military has influenced the food we eat. Really cool, want to read the book now.ow.ly/4n3RaF

We waste a LOT of food. How do we stop? Better labels, and maybe acceptance of fruit that’s not so pretty.ow.ly/4n3SjU

This week, we asked some of the#SciBloggingGuide authors for social media advice! ow.ly/4n76nj on @Open_Notebook

Stranded whales with stomachs full of plastic. Not stranded because of the plastic, but yikes. ow.ly/4n4kve

From me! This is why we haaaaaate uncertainty. ow.ly/4n6Tw8

Pain in the brain? Not quite what we thought. ow.ly/4n4PEx by @JenLucPiquant

What do an RFID chip and an IUD have in common? More than you might think. By @roseveleth ow.ly/4n6FYp

Are there still long-beaked echidnas in Australia? To find out, we need MORE POOP, says @SarahZielinskiow.ly/4n7RxZ

Wednesday:

Whoa. Studying showing microbiome from obese rats makes skinny rats fat retracted for fraud. ow.ly/4n3UqC

BUT there’s an important note to be made:

NOTE, study that was retracted on fat/thin mouse microbiota? NOT the only study on that. Others in mice and humans show similar…

For example, in twins where one is obese and one is not, transferred to mice:science.sciencemag.org/content/341/61…

Another example in mice:nature.com/news/bacteria-… Basically, other studies have found this effect.

One case of fraud doesn’t kill a whole area of study. This particular study wasn’t even a big deal.diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/65/5/1…

I was mostly struck by the scale of the fraud involved. Three whole figures is a lot.

“The excretion of caffeine in the semen of men…” WHY have I never come across this piece of genius before! ow.ly/4n6TGF

Important tips for avoiding p value potholes. Bookmarking. ow.ly/4n9Hu1by @hildabast

The dangers of polypharmacy.ow.ly/4n9HBz When people are on so many pills, we’ve got to know them ALL.

On @Open_Notebook, we hear from the#SciBloggingBook authors on how they use social media. ow.ly/4n7rou

In which I delve into the neuroscience of stress. And in which people get shocked on the hand for science. A lot.ow.ly/4n7rWU

Medical scribes, people who follow around doctors typing everything they say. Sounds exhausting. ow.ly/4n9I8r

Working directly with the Navajo nation to influence healthcare. Note outreach efforts, community representatives.ow.ly/4n9MOy

Thursday:

Chiffon virus tops!! I think I need one.ow.ly/4n9W7T From @artologica

Hookworm: The worm that gave the South a bad name. ow.ly/4nap6q by @RachelNuwer

I want to create a science video series with real experiments anyone can do! Help me out, please! 🙂 ow.ly/4n6SeV

Science hasn’t yet proven that dogs hate hugs. ow.ly/4nc8b6 by @RachelFeltmanMaybe don’t squeeze em though.

Can melatonin help you sleep? It depends. Good explanation of pros and cons. ow.ly/4nc8nd

How did the ancestors of birds survive the dino apocalypse? Seeds, explains @Laelaps ow.ly/4nc8w6

Scis made a map of words in the brain. But, well, we still can’t really READ it.ow.ly/4nc8RA

Friday:

Exercise is great! But not necessarily great for weight loss. ow.ly/4nc8ZR Good explainer by @juliaoftoronto

More info on the study linking fecal transplants to obesity that was retracted.ow.ly/4nc9nS From @RetractionWatch

Male peacocks twerk. You are welcome.ow.ly/4neN5j

Sometimes debunkers need debunking.ow.ly/4neOJY I’ll admit it was a confusing read pre-coffee.

Clinical trials are still very white. Tuskegee (yes, that one) is trying to change it. http://ow.ly/4neP8b from @undarkmag

Even massive studies haven’t yet clarified the bacteria in our gut.http://ow.ly/4nePfW by @edyong209

The brain has a funny way of waking you up (and putting you to sleep). Isn’t it ionic? http://ow.ly/4nePBq best pun, @thsaey

Dogs are sniffing out whale poop. For SCIENCE. http://ow.ly/4nfv3X

 

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Sci’s Coffee-sipping round-up #30 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-30/ Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:25:52 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=6903 Read More...

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In which I opine that no, actually, not EVERYONE should be able to explain quantum computing like Trudeau (though that was cool).

But first, the essentials:

colbert coffee

Monday:

“I’m tired of logging into Twitter or Facebook just to dodge rape and death threats in response to my articles” ow.ly/4mJlWj

Congress is stymieing efforts to combat #zikaow.ly/4mJoSx

Why preprints in physics…but not in biology? I’ve always wondered. ow.ly/4mJp5o by @AnnaNowo

Tuesday:

It’s #Alienweek at @ScienceNews and we are ready to NERD OUT. But would we know an alien if we saw it? ow.ly/4mR5CA

This week’s word: Yottawatt! It’s…a lot of watts. a Lot a LOT of watts. ow.ly/4mR5IH

this guy thinks we can find the origin of the obesity epidemic with a few more stats.ow.ly/4mR5TK I worry abt false positives.

Really great points from @FiveThirtyEight about how journalists’ experience biases how we cover college. ow.ly/4mR63U

Fascinating piece about the origin of moderation in the wild west of the Internet.ow.ly/4mR6dv

Miss my links last week? I’ve got you (and me) covered. ow.ly/4mR6pd cuckoldry, lionfish and impt thoughts from @JacquelynGill

Can cows benefit from some probiotics? Interesting thought! ow.ly/4mR6Gn

Congrats to @kathrynschulz on a Pulizer for her Cascadia earthquake piece…which will make you shake. ow.ly/4mR6Wp

Wednesday:

Are you smarter than a slime mold? Cool video on a cool critter by @jtotheizzoeow.ly/4mRiqg

And a rant from me: 

Based on this: Justin Trudeau and quantum computing: when social media shapes reality.ow.ly/4mRRRV Apparently there are people out there who think that EVERYONE should be able to understand quantum computing and explain it. Because that…benefits us all somehow.

Today, I think we need a reminder of what you all “should” be reading.scicurious.org/heres-what-you… (1/n)

“I realized the people telling me to read specific lists of books were people interested in upholding the status quo. People who were invested in the current lists of “What Makes you look Smart,” because they had already ticked off those lists. Most of these people were not smarter than I was. Most were not better educated. Most were not even interesting people.

They were merely people interested in telling me how to be more like them. People who wanted to tell me unless I did what they did, read what they read, I was deficient somehow. That in some way, my gaps in this huge list of books made me lacking, less able to be successful, less understanding of human nature or of culture.”

This is also how I feel about whether or not a politician “should” be able to give a 100% accurate description of quantum phyiscs (2/n)

Should people know there’s such a thing as quantum computing? Sure. 3/n

Should they develop a basic understanding of quantum computing if they need to develop policy based on it? yes. (4/n)

But should we be saying EVERYONE should know and love and explain quantum computing or we are all ill educated? NO. (5/n)

There are different ways to be “educated” and different things that interest us and make us passionate. That’s ok! (6/n)

Let’s not shame people for what they don’t know or what they “should” know. Let’s inspire passion and interest and curiosity.

 

Think the replication crisis in psychology is cringe-worthy? Try biomed. ow.ly/4mTNOl

Even the tiniest things can impact your science. For example, if your lab mice are COLD. ow.ly/4mTObi

Cutting down the immune system to save people from snake bite. ow.ly/4mTOmg New from @NerdyChristie

Is crowdfunding the best way for #Zikaresearch? ow.ly/4mTOBU Interesting. Are these funds are subject to overhead at unis?

Why nerd culture is sexist. ow.ly/4mTOOL

To find ET, maybe we should be looking for who can see us. Cool! by @CosmicThespian#AlienWeek #DrawET

Thursday:

TIL there’s a global anti-venom shortage. And synthetic biology can fight it. ow.ly/4mTPbu

This week is #alienweek at sciencenews! We get to #drawET. I vote for this: a marsigrade!instagram.com/p/BEdt6zHyLUl/

Love this. An important PSA on three easy ways to read less nonsense. ow.ly/4mU0IM

There are not only perils to keeping mice cold…but to keeping them too clean.ow.ly/4mUxeo by @thsaey

Ain’t no party like a deep-sea crab party because a deep-sea crab party don’t stop! DEEP SEA CRAB PARTY. ow.ly/4mUUC9

HERE THAR BE DRAGONS. And here? Is Florida. ow.ly/4mWleJ By @edyong209 on the monitor lizard invasion.

Science teachers are eyeing an origami microscope, and seeing a golden opportunity.ow.ly/4mWlPT

Journalism has an editing problem.ow.ly/4mWlUJ It’s hard when people have no idea what’s going on behind the page.

You don’t need to juice detox, and the NYT is ON IT. ow.ly/4mWmjq My piece from 2013.ow.ly/4mWmqb Love your liver!

Friday:

.@cragcrest has a new regular column on science and sports! ow.ly/4mWmBa On the aches of runners, cheating & more.

The CDC knows where Haiti’s cholera outbreak began. It’s just not telling.ow.ly/4mWmZv

Does a honeybee have a concept of “I”? It’s a tough question. ow.ly/4mWo9m

“Binturongs smell like popcorn. Or popcorn smells like binturongs. I guess it depends on your perspective.” @Laelaps ow.ly/4mWqZq

My favorite “what if” so far: Can you get a bird to deliver a pizza to your plane?ow.ly/4mWEyu

“There’s a little too much wishful thinking about mindfulness” from @AnnaNowohttp://ow.ly/4mWYXL

Periods! In! SPAAAAAAACE.http://ow.ly/4mXhTN

TEMPER TANTRUM SCIENCE.http://ow.ly/4mYZ0t by @lssciencenews

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Sci’s Coffee-Sipping round-up #29 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-29/ Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:56:48 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=6892 Read More...

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Let’s get to it.

coffee owl

Monday:

Blame the mailman? Less likely than you think, explains @carlzimmerow.ly/10smaJ

So excited for this @sci4thepeopleepisode on how the military influenced…our FOOD! ow.ly/10smgu

A conversation with @HopeJahren“Science is desperate. It needs to believe itself honorable.” ow.ly/10spjy

These heads were built for ramming, and that’s just what they’ll do… @SarahZielinski on sperm whale heads.ow.ly/10spyP

10 years since “An Inconvenient Truth” Where are we now? By @SumnerScienceMake sure to look at tabs on the top!ow.ly/10sqyn

How do you test how much drug gets into a pregnant woman without…testing the woman? Modeling! ow.ly/10sqLB by @Ilovebraaains

Cutting off stress-induced depression before it starts. Studies in lab mice with ketamine. ow.ly/10sroM by @KatieMCollette

Next time you say “I have a theory…” you probably DON’T. Great explanation of the misconception. ow.ly/10sve9 by @carlzimmer

Tuesday:

We probably cannot eat our way out of the lionfish problem. 🙁 ow.ly/10wNtH

By @BethMarieMole, stop buying soaps w/triclosan. Here are ALL THE REASONS WHY. ow.ly/10wNIl

Sugar isn’t great. We’ve known that for a while. Here’s why people focused on fat.ow.ly/10wNY6 Human side of science is ugly.

AND NOW: An important aside from @JaquelynGill

I just got yet another invitation to a webinar on responding to harassment. When are we going to start offering workshops for harassers?

Where are the workshops teaching them what harassment is, how to avoid it, and what to do if they experience inappropriate feelings?

Where are the workshops for chairs, administrators, deans, and Title IX coordinators on reporter-centered handling of harassment cases?

Where are the workshops on creating a lab, departmental, field, and disciplinary culture that discourages harassment?

When are we going to start approaching harassment as something preventable, rather than something to train women to react to?

When are we going to ask men to do their fair share of the emotional heavy lifting involved in dealing with harassment culture?

When are we going to start talking about harassment as something that happens to more than just white, heterosexual, cis-gender women?

Is there even one anti-harassment workshop led for men, by men? Why not? You want to be an ally? Start there.

Harassment. Will. Not. Stop. If. You. Only. Talk. To. Women. About. Harassment.

Soylent is slimfast, but for BOYS. How food tech is men rebranding what women have been doing for AGES.ow.ly/10wOaI

How reporters use Facebook and Twitter, by @ShipLives ow.ly/10xcn1 wld be esp interesting to see comparison with everyone else.

The subtle ways gender gaps persist in science. ow.ly/10xcF7

How does chocolate cover a bonbon so evenly? Fluid dynamics. Delicious fluid dynamics ow.ly/10xcRZ

Commenters are jerks to women and POC, & the Guardian is on it. As @roseveleth says, when will ppl do something? ow.ly/10zvWE

Wednesday:

I wish I’d had these in school! Sewable circuits! Might have to get some. For SCIENCE. ow.ly/10zzUz ow.ly/i/iphLX

Genetic Xmen may walk among us, resistant to deadly mutations. But then again, maybe they don’t? ow.ly/10zDlC by @thsaey

Getting rats to vape THC under conditions more like those in humans.ow.ly/10zDMY by @KatieMCollette

The proteins that can make cancer cells move. ow.ly/10zHhK by @Ilovebraaains

An @ACSReactions video on the delicious delicious science of COFFEE.ow.ly/10zHU7 mmmmmm.

When there are hundreds of authors on a paper, what does scientific authorship mean? ow.ly/10zY3v from @RetractionWatch

An appropriate episode from @Gastropodcast on a day when I need my coffee… listening to caffeine!ow.ly/10D9TL

In which @carlzimmer‘s daughter does a science fair project, and he realizes how much parental involvement it takes.ow.ly/10ChNW

Thursday:

Did you know we lost millions of turkeys last year to flu? Did you know it could happen again? By @marynmckow.ly/10ChVn

As greenhouse gases increase, bee pollen is beecoming bee junk food.ow.ly/10Clpd by @susanmilius

Everything that’s gone wrong with selling a women’s libido pill (so far).ow.ly/10CvHu

Trade animal fats for vegetable fats? The question still isn’t settled. Good points here on a new/old study. ow.ly/10CJqv

A neat new study on how things go viral.ow.ly/10CxTC I wonder what its metrics will be. 🙂

“Women may keep our colleges running but the American university is still an old boys’ club.” ow.ly/10Cy1B

Scientists have studied how the whales got their song. By @Protohedgehogow.ly/10FPpe

There’s a quiet hierarchy to mental illnesses. Important points here.ow.ly/10CzXa

The marketing of mindfulness.ow.ly/10Avdr

Friday:

Hey my voice memo about data-tracking got on the end of @roseveleth‘s pet-free future podcast! ow.ly/10ESgZ Love this ep, too.

“science doesn’t have to be complicated and resource-intensive.” Esp science for kids. ow.ly/4mJniu From @orzelc

After a retraction for fake data, other sci’s re-did the study and found…the hypothesis was correct after all.ow.ly/10ESuS

The dubious promise of anti-rape technology. ow.ly/10FM5g

When bats hunt, they plan two bugs ahead! So cool. http://ow.ly/10FMGx by @Inkfish

Amazing. Trees can trade carbon…via the fungi in their roots. http://ow.ly/10FMYYby @edyong209

four current science fair participants respond to @carlzimmer‘s queasiness.http://ow.ly/10FV1K

Citizen Scientists Chart the Pacific’s Great Whales by @jgold85http://ow.ly/4mHDnm

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Sci’s Coffee-Sipping round-up #28 http://www.scicurious.org/scis-coffee-sipping-round-up-28/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:39:14 +0000 http://www.scicurious.org/?p=6876 Read More...

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Not so many links this week. Sometimes life gets in the way. And when that happens? You need coffee.

coffee hug in a cup

That’s better.

Now. LINKS

Monday:

Why won’t the US pay for good public transport? I’m looking at you @wmata ow.ly/10aKTG

Mummy genomes reveal just how catastrophic European contact was for New World.ow.ly/10cZFA

Even when harassment gets reported, and reported, and reported…nothing gets done. Important. ow.ly/10giJt

An 8-bit stats game that makes spotting correlations fun. ow.ly/10gjpc By @edyong209 But I wonder if it increases understanding.

Stopping parachute research: Scis who parachute in to study disease…and sit on the findings when they matter most. ow.ly/10gj1f

Diversity? What diversity? Chemistry remains white and male, with women awarded “soft” awards. ow.ly/10gjXa

What’s holding back the future of feminine products? Men. ow.ly/10gldb

I wanna be like youuuuu. New King Louie is a resurrected great ape in the new Jungle Book.ow.ly/10glJd

Tuesday:

“this particular anglerfish is not the icon of male parasitism you were hoping for.” ow.ly/10gMRj

Great insights from the professor of risk.ow.ly/10gNgo

Miss my links that week? Get them now, along with the math I did to compute a category 6 million hurricane. ow.ly/10gNsl

How the media got a study about vegetarianism so very, very wrong. ow.ly/10gNJ0

The tribalism that prevents scientific collaboration across fields. ow.ly/10gNYr How much is just…ego? A LOT.

By request. Harry Potter genetics. First as a single gene recessive trait. instagram.com/p/BD0-KhcSLfM/

Harry Potter genetics. If single gene recessive, how do you get a squib? instagram.com/p/BD0-aAjyLfn/

Serious mosquito science…spurred by a tweet.ow.ly/10gOVZ

World’s oldest kid-leash. Arthropod kept brood tied to it. 430 million years ago. By @Laelapsow.ly/10htrH

Very few wizards in England…instagram.com/p/BD1MpNqSLbI/

What if its two unlinked genes? Still too many wizards… instagram.com/p/BD1MtC6yLbV/

How new VR tech could help chemists! I admit, I’d put on one of these to get inside a G-protein coupled receptor… ow.ly/10j7Mn

Wednesday:

Looking forward to reading the paper itself by@jfcryan but for right now, @mocost on gut bacteria and myelin ow.ly/10m6fP

Harvard has a great medical school…but doesn’t offer family medicine. And it’s not alone.ow.ly/10m6uI

My moment of “technology is wonderful” I’m just chatting with @MarkZastrow about drinkable yogurt…from opposite sides of the globe.

Sometimes I just feel how INCREDIBLY connected we are. It’s both gorgeous and kind of terrifying how much power we carry in our pockets.

Really, think about it sometime! We are so connected! If we know people there, we could talk to someone, just chat about the weather, with people anywhere in the world! That’s amazing, and sometimes I wonder if we really take full advantage of it.

A virus kills farmed fish. This and other diseases pose real dangers for our food supply.ow.ly/10m6JJ by @edyong209

Is WebMD reliable? Well it depends on what you’re looking for and why. ow.ly/10m7Bt by@juliaoftoronto

Two journals known for industry ties have become go-to pubs for researchers minimizing risks from chemicals. ow.ly/10m7QY

is whale-watching really as benign as it seems?ow.ly/10m96J

“machines are getting smarter. They’re still very dumb….But we’re teaching them. And I do mean “we.” ow.ly/10m9Cj by@roseveleth

Thursday:

A dead whale isn’t a carcass. It’s an ecosystem.ow.ly/10mahn

Gum disease, dangerous for more than your gums. ow.ly/10matM brb, booking dentist appointment.

A few weeks ago, @rkrulwich wrote about how coal came to be. But science moves fast. Now it’s wrong. ow.ly/10mdnH by @Laelaps

Great interview with @marynmck on the post-antibiotic future. ow.ly/10moqW

Why DO scientific papers cost so dang much anyway? ow.ly/10myci

Wildlife markets. Not just illegal. Now also hotbeds of disease. ow.ly/10n6d3 by @jgold85

Should food be labeled with the time it takes to sweat it off? ow.ly/10oN4u

 

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