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Please do not publish my thesis


I received a few of these emails, offering me a chance to publish my thesis (which anyone can find online for free in its entirety, if they so desire). Today I decided to reply. The email I got: Dear Eva Amsen, As stated by the University of Toronto’s electronic repository, you authored the work about Studies of proteins that regulate…

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Metabolic Melodies


I was cleaning out the bookmarks on my laptop, when – no, that’s not true. I was clicking on all the bookmarks, noticed that 70% are now dead links, and just left them there, when I came across “Kevin Ahern’s Wildly Popular Metabolic Melodies“. I must have bookmarked it long ago, and completely forgot about it. Kevin Ahern teaches at…

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Why is Science Important?


Why is Science Important? Alom Shaha tells you why: Why is Science Important? from Alom Shaha on Vimeo. This video goes with a website, on which several (1, 2, 3, 4) friends of easternblot answer the same question. It’s a pretty difficult question, if you think about it. I did. I considered submitting something, but couldn’t formulate it properly.

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Lemon time


A clock that runs on lemons. The artists say: “the aim is obviously not to replace our actual clocks, but at least to help people think (or remember) about nature and energy.” How to get electricity from a lemon. [Via Unplggd]

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YouTube Tuesday – Periodic Videos


Not just one video this week, but an entire periodic table full of them. The Periodic Table of Videos from the University of Nottingham has a video for all 118 elements of the periodic table. I won’t put them all up here, but here are most people’s two favourite elements, and if you have another favourite you can look it…

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OpenCourseWare article


I wrote an article about OpenCourseWare for a teaching course I took this semester, and it’s in a university newspaper this week. I’m on the back cover of The Bulletin, and if you’re at UofT you should pick it up. Alternatively, you can download the original assignment as a PDF (this one has all the footnotes and references in it)

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Etsy Wednesday – A is for Atom


F is for Fruit Fly U is for Uvula N is for Neuron FUN! These nerdy flash cards teach your child reading AND science at the same time! (From electricboogaloo’s Etsy store.) I especially like that the alphabet covers multiple areas of science: human biology, zoology, cell biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, geology and maths are all represented. (The…

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Various links


I have some things “starred” in my Google Reader that I thought I’d share: On Aetiology: the microbiology of double dipping and sentence in for bacteria-mailing professor (if you haven’t been following that absurd story it’s worth to read up here.) On Science Musings: something about the language of science and what sixth-graders should know about science. On The Frontal…

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Success/failure


I got my yearly invitation to judge the city wide science fair again. I missed out last year, and I think I’ll have to skip this year’s fair as well, but it did make me realize that there are kids out there currently hard at work on their science fair projects! For those of you preparing science fair projects, here…

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