Tag Archives : culture

Hoping they’ll lose Pinterest

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The people who introduced me to blogging were not scientists or academics. They were online friends I’d met through playing games. A few of them set up their first blogs in 2001, and I thought it looked fun, so I started one as well. It was on an archaic blogging platform that doesn’t exist anymore. B2? Greymatter? Whichever came first.…
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Would I eat that?

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It’s something I rarely talk about, but this year is my 10th anniversary of being vegetarian. I don’t know exactly when, because it was a very gradual process. I started slowly phasing out meat from my diet in the late nineties, but lapsed in early 2001, when I was staying in Quebec for four months. Soon after I got back…
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Book Review – Geek Nation

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I’ve never been to India, but I did change planes at the airport in Delhi on my way to Kathmandu this summer. Delhi airport looks like every other major international airport, with a Body Shop, WH Smith, and Costa Coffee. The shops accepted American dollars, but gave change in rupees. Since even airport coffee does not cost $20, I had…
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Make history, not vitamin C

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(This post was previously hosted on my old blog at http://blogs.nature.com/eva and is published in print in The Best Science Writing Online 2012) “Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?” - Edward Lorenz This is a story about a tiny molecular shift affecting war, politics, disease, agriculture and international corporations. Like all…
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The Etymology of SciBarCamb

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By far the most frequently asked question about SciBarCamb (or about SciBarCamp with a p) is “Bar?” and the answer is long. So long, that it takes several minutes to answer in person, and several paragraphs to answer in writing. To avoid at least ever having to type it again, here is the written answer. Grab a cup of coffee,…
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A metaphor for science and technology

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Forget about art and science – this century has a whole new two world problem. It’s been nagging me for a while – at science online conferences (both the London and North Carolina varieties), in talks with lab mates, at work at a scientific publisher, and hanging out with technology-oriented geeks in my spare time. There’s a gap between science…
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The biggest petri dish in the universe

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I admit, I just clicked the link on the BBC news site because it said something about “beer”, but it turned out to not be about the drink, but a town. Bill Bryson was right – English towns really do have the strangest names… “Bacteria taken from cliffs at Beer on the South Coast have shown themselves to be hardy…
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Dream

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I had the strangest dream last night. I don’t remember all of it, but there was a skeleton of a dinosaur with a fake nose and flamingos on it, and I was walking underneath a space ship with some people, and later a journalist poured me wine in a water glass, and there was a robot, and fossils of crocodiles,…
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Now run along, and don’t get into mischief

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It’s Ada Lovelace Day, on which we’re encouraged to blog about women in science and technology. Having been a woman in fields from chemistry to biology, I’ve never felt out of place at all. My undergrad chemistry department was almost 50% female, and in 1998 I was one of five girls on a seven-person chemistry student executive board. (Incidentally, the…
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Drums and Neuroscience

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I have another interview up on the Musicians and Scientists site, and it’s yet again a Nature Network blogger , although I had him on my list because of something he wrote pre-NN. (I tried to also get a few non-bloggers in before I left the Toronto time-zone, but that didn’t work out.) Enjoy the interview with Ian Brooks over…
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