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Outreach advice for Pied Piper

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I don’t always get what’s happening in Silicon Valley. I mean the TV show. I certainly don’t understand what’s happening in the actual global tech hub of the same name. Silicon Valley is a comedy about a start-up company, Pied Piper, that does all the things start-up companies do. They have engineers, a CEO and funders. There are competitors, conventions,…

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Science Lab Furniture

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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 flash measuring glass, and test tube miniature vases. None of…

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TV better off

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I watched the pilot episode of Better Off Ted a while ago, and have no intentions of watching any more of it. Better Off Ted is a show about a guy called Ted who manages a R&D company that will make life better. The “scientific advances” the company works on are the ones that people thought of as “futuristic” way…

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Lost books

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I found a store online where these two books were shown next to each other: Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and “ECG Workout: Excercises in Arrythmia Interpretation”. Any ideas where these two titles are sold? Well, any big enough bookstore would probably carry them, but this store only has 26 books.

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BLAST! on TV

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I previously wrote about the documentary BLAST! when I saw it at HotDocs last year. If you’re in Canada and you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch it on TV soon. It is being broadcast by Discovery Channel Canada on February 21st at 7:30 PM EST.

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YouTube Tuesday – Monty Python

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“It was from such an unlikely beginning as an unwanted fungus accidentally growing on a sterile plate, that sir Alexander Fleming gave the world penicillin. James Watt watched an ordinary household kettle boiling and conceived the potentiality of steam power. Would Albert Einstein ever have hit upon the theory of relativity if he hadn’t been clever? All these tremendous leaps…

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Printfuge! Yay!

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Previously on easternblot: “The CSI labworkers don’t spend any time on data analysis either: They just throw a Q-tip with some skin cells in an eppendorf tube, add liquid, spin it down, and the printer will spit out a two-page report that literally tells you that the suspect or victim had Maybelline mascara on her hands (including batch number and…

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My Childhood Inspirations

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Amy’s post about Captain Planet reminded me that I had some notes lying around for a post about my own childhood inspirations. They’re not all things that led to science, but one of them very obviously is, and the rest also contributed to who I am today, so you get them all. I grew up mostly in the eighties, mostly…

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Why I shouldn’t be allowed to watch TV

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I know it’s not real by any stretch of the imagination, but isn’t there a far more reasonable explanation than aliens in this short bit of Doctor Who? (It starts at 4:20 of this clip. Transcribed below because I don’t know how long the video will be up.) The Doctor: “Now that’s interesting” Donna: “What?” The Doctor: “Scanning for life…

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ReGenesis

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I’ve been tempted to link to some of the Facts Behind the Fiction articles I’ve written for ReGenesis, but I kept putting it off because I’m always a few weeks ahead, and always know that the next one will be more interesting. But now I have to draw your attention to it again, because this week two of my favourite…

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