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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…

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Big crystals and being original

This weekend I was thinking of new ideas for Finch and Pea posts. I made a list of ten things to write about, and one of them was Mexico’s giant crystal cave. I first found out about that cave about 7 or 8 years ago, when I was writing a…

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Lego scientists stop motion

Like Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation, I used my time off work to make a stop motion animation. Mine’s a bit longer than his, though – but only a bit! I used iStopMotion for iPad and the Lego Research Institute (and an additional Lego chemist mini figure) to make…

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Things I wrote in 2014

Every year I resolve to write more, and every year I don’t manage to find the time or energy to actually do so. I abandoned my writing project about scientists and musicians somewhere halfway through the year (probably around the start of that conference season) and it’s been bugging me…

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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…

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What would you do with $4.1 million?

James Watson sold his Nobel Prize for $4.1 million in an auction. He “needed” money because nobody was hiring him as guest speaker anymore after he repeatedly made racist and misogynist comments. Watson is donating part of the money to universities, to go toward scientific research, and he’s keeping some…

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Candy sushi science

A few weeks ago, I got completely lost in the Japanese candy kit part of YouTube. There is a company in Japan that produces kits that let you make miniature versions of food, all from edible sweet materials. YouTube is full of videos of people demonstrating the various kits. Since…

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The cutest DNA

I came across these plushies recently: they’re DNA plushies, by Biochemies, and they’re the cutest DNA ever! The Biochemies site is run by Jun Axup, a biochemist in San Francisco.  Ten percent of the profits of the sales go to educational programmes or crowdfunding projects. The plushies themselves were also…

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Science Online and me

On Friday I woke up to an email from Science Online, announcing that the organisation would be dissolved and the next conference cancelled. Having seen Science Online grow from the start, this made me a bit nostalgic, but I wasn’t surprised. As a community, the online science environment has changed…

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Science music playlist

For your entertainment, I have created a short YouTube playlist of some science-y songs. It includes some songs about science, and some science-themed parody covers.  Perfect for playing in the lab! I included this video of Uri Alon singing about peer review, which I recorded at the Horizons conference career…