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Science in Books


Project announcement: I’m preparing some videos in which I chat about science in books (both fiction and non-fiction). I’ve recorded some footage, but I don’t seem have a single minute of time left in the coming month to work on it further, so it will have to wait until later this autumn. I want to have a few episodes in…

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Cell biology text books and The Beatles


When the third edition of the popular text book Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBOC) came out in 1994, the author photo on the back cover showed the six authors walking across the famous crosswalk near the Abbey Road studios in North-West London. Like many tourists who visit the spot, they imitated The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover. “We were…

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Book review: Ontspoorde Wetenschap


On the tube in London, I pulled the book Ontspoorde Wetenschap out of my bag, to commiserate to my travel companion that I was reading this very interesting Dutch book about research fraud, but had nobody to discuss it with because it was in Dutch and nobody else in London had read it. Immediately upon spotting the book, a guy…

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Book review: Keeping Women in Science


Keeping Women in Science By Kate White Melbourne University Publishing, 2015 ISBN 9780522867015 This book is a quite academic report of a study carried out in an Australian research institute. I’m starting my review with that because I was expecting the book to be broader than that, and I think my disappointment that it was so specific really shaped how…

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Book review: Random Body Parts


By Leslie Bulion and Mike Lowery Expected publication: March 1st 2015 by Peachtree Publishers ISBN 156145737X Random Body Parts is an upcoming kids book with funny poems about different body parts. Leslie Bulion’s poems combined with Mike Lowery’s artwork make each page a fun introduction to the purpose of your organs. “Three boats sail / Along the river of life…

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Book review: The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change


The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change By Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, PhD Island Press, 2014 ISBN 9781610914383 Based on the cover alone, I thought The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change would be chaotic, but the inside is very well-organized. The main text runs in boxes between the cartoons, and the cartoons serve to illustrate and entertain. Illustrator Grady Klein’s…

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Book review: Career Options for Biomedical Scientists


Career Options for Biomedical Scientists Edited by Kaaren Janssen and Richard Sever Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-936113-72-9 PhD students in biomedical sciences are often trained only for a future career in research. Their supervisor only had experience in research, and might expect their students to follow the same path, but much has changed in the past generation…

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Ways of curating


If you’ve heard me talk about science unconferences, you may have noticed me refer to this quote before: “At a conference the most important things happen in the coffee break” – Hans-Ulrich Obrist It comes from a 2008 Edge interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and refers to an event he organised in the nineties, where he brought together artists and scientists…

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Coloring with Cell


I picked up “Coloring with Cell” from a conference recently. (On the last day, when all exhibitors are trying to get rid of their materials, and instead take back the top swag from other exhibitors…) This book is a coloring book from Cell, full of cell biology images just waiting to be colored in. I did a few, so you…

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Book review: A Matter of Time


In “A Matter Of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove“, Portland-based music educator John Lamb combines his backgrounds in music, biology, and psychology to explain the science behind concepts we usually take for granted. It might seem easy to define what a “rhythm” is in terms of time intervals, but in “A Matter of Time” we learn that…

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