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Jennifer’s Malaria Song

One group of people that I sadly did not get to talk to when I was at the Science Online 09 conference last month was Miss Baker’s Biology Class. Stacy Baker’s interactive teaching methods were recently profiled in The Scientist, and she brought a few of her students to Science…

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Interview with Victor Henning

I have started doing research interviews with people who are somehow involved in both music and science. My first set of interviews was carried out at the Science Online 09 conference in North Carolina last month. I interviewed four people there, and only just got around to editing the interviews…

Google flu trends

Playing with Google Trends is a favourite pastime of geeks. You can look at searches that are more popular in certain locations compared to others, and you compare the popularity of searches over time. For example, if you look at the trends for searches for “christmas”, “easter”, “valentines”, and “halloween”…

Mammoth! Or the slowness of science news

Science news reporting is generally slow. Unlike sports reporting, for example, you won’t hear something until months after it happened. Today, the New York Times reports on the exciting find of a mammoth underneath a Los Angeles parking garage, but this mammoth was actually found as early as 2007. I…

Mr. Darwin, you make me blush

My birthday this year was somewhat overshadowed by Darwin’s 200th in the same week. But both Darwin and I are victims of the yearly creep of that Hallmarkest of Holidays – Valentine’s Day. Well-meaning friends might step into Ye Olde Card Shoppe, looking to purchase a birthday card for Darwin…

Beam me up – lab words in different countries

After 6.5 years in Canadaland, I forgot that I learned some new words while here. Not many – about 2 per year – and most of them Canadian or otherwise local expressions that English-speaking folks from other parts of the world might not know, such as tuque or Zamboni. The…

Look at my cat – a future blogger’s early writing projects

I previously spotted a blogger in an early twentieth century neurophysiologist, based on his love of writing and his consistent weekly letters to his mother. In thinking it all through, I thought there might be certain tell-tale signs that someone is bound to be attracted by the concept of blogging….

Should scientists be bloggers?

Many congratulations to Shirley Wu and Russ Altman, who won Nature Network’s Science Blogging Challenge and have secured a spot at SciFoo this summer! (They’re also getting all expenses paid from Stanford to Mountain View – just down the Caltrain line – but lest you think Nature is being cheap,…

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José González – musician who used to be a biochemist

Through a post on The Gulf Stream I found out that singer José González started his PhD in Biochemistry before switching to a full-time music career. González does the music for this overall amazing Sony advertisement: I found this interview about his previous work in science, and why he left…