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Please do not publish my thesis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,…

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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…

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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….

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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,…

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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…

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Science fair judging

Have a look at Janet’s post about judging a science fair. She has behind the scenes photos of a fair she judged, and a report of what it was like.

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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,…

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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…

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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…