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Who writes science books?

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The last of the SciBookChat videos went up today! Well, I might make more in the future, but this was the end of the six I had prepared. Next year will start with a completely different video, and then there is another science/book-related one in the works, but not a chat. Anyway, for this last video of the season, I…

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Scientists in Fiction

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In today’s SciBookChat video I pick up Frankenstein again (first featured in this video) and compare him to a more modern scientist in a more recent book. What has changed? There’s also a plug for LabLit, and intro music by Sam, and of course I drink tea in the opener and mess up something after the end screen, as usual.

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BookTubeAThon Reading List

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Last year I did my first BookTubeAThon (video below) which got me back into reading and slightly more confident about recording my face on video. This year, BookTubeAThon is July 18 to 24, which conveniently overlaps with my vacation for four of the seven days, so I’ve collected a pile of books I want to tackle that week. As usual,…

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Science Lab Furniture

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This is a scene from the latest Portlandia episode, mocking the trend for lab glassware as housewares. (Video available on Facebook, or on the IFC YouTube channel if you’re in the USA)   I hope real scientists are exempt from mocking, because I have a test tube spice rack, erlenmeyer flash measuring glass, and test tube miniature vases. None of…

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Image origins: That walking molecule

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Suddenly it’s everywhere: a gif of a molecule stepping along, carrying a big load. It’s currently going viral online, with text suggesting that it’s a myosin molecule carrying endorphins in the brain. It’s none of that. First of all, it’s not a myosin molecule, but kinesin. They’re both motor proteins and some of the myosin proteins have a very similar…

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