Science Kombat

Science Kombat

Who would win in a fight: Nikola Tesla or Marie Curie? Now you can find out, in the game Science Kombat. It’s only available online at the moment, and in Portuguese, but a mobile game is in the works. Below some screen shots of Tesla fighting Stephen Hawking, Tesla fighting…

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Coffee (3 Scientists)

The conference Stroking the screen of his smartphone, he scrolled past tweets that succinctly summarized the words of the man on the podium. The speaker’s unfunny jokes made even less amusing when amplified by a stream of identical tweets and retweets. The core of the message – if there was…

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The pizza ploy

In early 2002, Guyang Huang’s career was not going in the direction he expected. A year earlier, his work at the Beijing Genomics Institute earned him a spot in the author list of the high profile Nature paper publishing the draft of the human genome. Huang was author 149 of…

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Science Lab Furniture

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…

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Image origins: That walking molecule

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…

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New beginnings

It’s been a bit quiet here, partly because I had to fix some technical issues with the blog, but also because I started a new job and a new course a few weeks ago. Everything is different now! Over the last year I had somehow ended up in a place…

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Conference name badges

I tidied my desk area this weekend, and thought it was time to go through my collection of conference name badges. I may have a problem: There were badges for conferences about stem cells, worm genetics, biochemistry, ecology, science journalism, microbiology, signalling networks, art/science, and local graduate student meetings at…

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Science images in the public domain

A few years ago, the British Library put a collection of a million images on Flickr, all made available with no restrictions for reuse. They are tagged and described relatively well, so it’s possible to search through them for specific topics. Here are a few of the science images from…

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Of mice and men – a poem

  (Every line is the title of an academic article. References below.)   Of mice and men?1   Of mice and men.2 Of mice and men, metals and mutations.3 Of mice and men, corticosteroids, and vicarious participation.4 Of mice and men–universality and breakdown of behavioral organization.5 Of mice and men:…

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Making science open to everyone

I get the impression that people see me as two entirely different people: On the one hand, there’s the person who supports open science and helps scientists get their work out. On the other hand, there’s the person who is always talking about how science integrates with art, music, travel,…