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Things to listen to

I’m juggling a lot of different little projects at the same time right now, so apologies for once again linking to one of my other blogs. Actual original content is forthcoming, promise! I interviewed some people about connections between science and music when I was at Science Online 09. They...
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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…

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Mammoth in the “news”

Something in the news today reminded me of Jenny’s science-vs-sports reporting idea. I blogged about it on my other blog , because that’s where I originally reported on my Tar Pits trip, but it’s cool enough to mention twice. In 2007 the LACMA museum started expanding its parking garage. The…

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Trendy flu

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…

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Soup, beautiful soup

_“Soo—oop of the e—e—evening, Beautiful, beauti—FUL SOUP!”_ Are scientists generally good cooks? asks Sarbjit. Not this one, I can tell you that ! But I’m learning… As I wrote before , my resolution for 2009 was to learn to cook five awesome dishes. Three people kindly left recipes in the…

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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…

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Beam me up

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 ….

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Look at my cat

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….

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Bloggers

Many congratulations to Shirley Wu and Russ Altman , who won the 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,…