Squishy Cow Marches for Science

Squishy Cow  heard a lot about the Science March and wanted to see what it was all about, so we went to the London march on Saturday.   “What was your favourite part of the march, Squishy?” “The part where you carried me because my legs were too short.” “That…

How to find images for your science blog

How to find images for your science blog – Part 2

In this second installment, we look at making your own images for your science blog, or asking for permission. If all else fails, you can buy images.

How to find images for your science blog – Part 1

This is the first part of a two-part blog post on where and how to find images for (science) blogs. Includes lots of raccoon pictures as examples!

Back to school

Back to school season for grown-ups with free MOOCs and career thoughts for science graduates. With a chance to win a book about science careers!

Serious squishy cow chat

Sometimes I forget that not everyone who sees my tweets has had access to my entire back catalog of online ramblings. I did a poll a while ago and discovered that many of my Twitter followers don’t know Squishy Cow, or haven’t seen my Lego videos. Both are some of…

Beach bodies, as rated by marine biologists

Sea nettle (2/5) Ouch! Their transparent look makes them hard to spot, but a surprise encounter with one of these beach bodies can really hurt your seaside enjoyment. Penguin (3/5) The coolest penguins are chilling on beaches in Australia, South Africa and Argentina this season. They certainly dress to impress,…

Outreach advice for Pied Piper

I don’t always get what’s happening in Silicon Valley. I mean the TV show. I certainly don’t understand what’s happening in the actual global tech hub of the same name. Silicon Valley is a comedy about a start-up company, Pied Piper, that does all the things start-up companies do. They…

Being John Malkovich, and six other Twitter users

What if you could be someone else for a day? Well, you can’t. You’re stuck with being you. But you can experience Twitter as someone else, and that’s almost as good, if not better.   What? How? Tell me more! The app Antipersona, created by Anastasios Germanidis, let’s you pick…

Science songs – why so silly?

Why are songs about science often so silly? You know what I mean. They try to fit long words in the lyrics for the sake of scientific accuracy, they’re reductionist and literal, and they’re often parodies of existing songs with the words changed to be about science. Some of them…

Pantographs and the magic of words

“Drivers! Don’t forget to drop the pantograph!” I don’t know what it means, but this sign at London’s Farringdon Station sounds important and magical. It’s a large white sign at the end of the platform, just before the train enters the tunnel towards City Thameslink station. I don’t want to…