This is Science Magazine
; this is one of their featured front-page stories (date stamped 17 September 2014 8:00 am): "The top 50 science stars of Twitter
", by Jia You
. The list has 46 men and 4 women
. [more inside]
experience the trials and tribulations
of their taller, less-plasticy peers (previously 1, 2)
LEGO does something good
! (Sets revolving around female scientists sold out in one day
LEGO does something bad
! (Sets with major petro-company branding.) [more inside]
In August, Lego
a new line
depicting women scientists, that will include an astronomer with a telescope, a paleontologist with a dinosaur skeleton and a chemist in a lab. The idea for the set was submitted by Dr. Ellen Kooijman
, a geochemist in Sweden. [more inside]
Seventeen Magazine encourages its readers to post pictures of their nail polish on twitter every Monday, using the tag #manicuremonday
. Starting last week, working scientists and engineers have been contributing their own fingers - often beautifully manicured - doing sciencey stuff. The movement was started
by scientist Hope Jahren
] [more inside]
Six natural disaster experts and one government official were sentenced today
to six years in jail for not having warned the populace of the major earthquake that hit L'Aquila, Italy in April of 2009 (previously
). [more inside]
In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) is pleased to present a sampling of images documenting women scientists and engineers from around the world
, most of whom were pioneers in their respective fields, or were the first women to receive advanced graduate degrees in their discipline (via
). [more inside]
appreciates and commemorates women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with events all over the globe. A few links to start the celebration: Ada Lovelace, The Origin
. Women@NASA (previously)
. Ladies Learning Code
. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper explaining nanoseconds to David Letterman
with Dr. Pamela Gay. Hedy Lamarr
and other female inventors
'The stories about epidemics that are told in the American press—their plots and tropes—date to the 1920's, when modern research science, science journalism, and science fiction were born.' This is the story of how the media back then (January, 1930) helped fuel fears about a parrot-fever pandemic, and the subsequent public backlash
. (Via) [more inside]
At the beginning of last month, Scientific American unveiled a new network of 47 blogs with 55 bloggers
. Their latest posts can be found here
. [more inside]
The Women@NASA website was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology. Through a collection of videos and articles, the Women@NASA project shares the stories of 32 women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many ways.
Founded by former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader Darlene Cavalier, Science Cheerleaders
is a squad of cheerleaders from professional sports teams who have gone on to have careers in science-related fields. Now they break out the pom-poms to cheerlead for science
and challenge the stereotypical image of female scientists. [more inside]
has uploaded nearly 4000 videos to YouTube. Many of these are trailers for the documentaries they sell, but they have also posted hundreds of full-length videos. Most are for short documentarie, but there are a lot of features too. It's somewhat daunting to explore, but the playlists
are a good place to start, and so are the shows: Features
and Savouring Europe
, a European travelogue series. Here's a few interesting ones: Gastronauts
, about French culinary students working to make astronaut food more palatable, Demon Drummers
, about student Kodo drummers, India's Free Lunch
, about the effects of free school lunches on Indian society, The Twitter Revolution
, about YouTube and Twitter's role in the 2009 Iranian uprising, Europe's Black Hole
, about Transnistria, the breakaway region of Moldova, Small Town Boy
, about a gay male carnival queen in a small town in England, The Vertigo of Lists
, Umberto Eco talks about the ubiquity of lists in modern culture and Monsters from the Id
, about scientists in the science fiction films of the Fifties.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that military scientists tested hundreds of chemical and biological substances on them, including VX, tabun, soman, sarin, cyanide, LSD, PCP, and World War I-era blister agents like phosgene and mustard. The full scope of the tests, however, may never be known. As a CIA official explained to the GAO, referring to the agency's infamous MKULTRA mind-control experiments, "The names of those involved in the tests are not available because names were not recorded or the records were subsequently destroyed." Besides, said the official, some of the tests involving LSD and other psychochemical drugs "were administered to an undetermined number of people without their knowledge."
The Cornell Evolution Project
, which polls prominent evolutionary scientists about their religious beliefs, is part of a PhD thesis by evolutionary paleontologist and UCLA lecturer Greg Graffin
. Mr. Graffin is also the lead singer of a band named Bad Religion
, whose influential album Suffer
turns 20 years old this week. [more inside]
Scientists for better PCR
Just mix your template with a buffer and some primers,
Nucleotides and polymerases, too.
Denaturing, annealing, and extending.
Well it’s amazing what heating and cooling and heating will do. [more inside]
Using some very cool genetic tricks, Harvard scientists have found a way to make transgenic mice that express various mixtures of different coloured fluorescent proteins in their neurons. The result, individual brain cells with up to 90 distinct colours
. Not surprisingly, this visually impressive work is in this month's issue of Nature
Leonardo is overrated: the steam turbine was invented two millennia ago by Hero of Alexandria
who developed the aeolipile
as a toy. Hero was also responsible for the first vending machine
(for holy water) and hydraulic automatic temple doors
, along with advances in areas as diverse as physics and mathematics
. A translation of Hero's influential Pneumatics is available online
, featuring illustrated examples of many of his inventions, many of which are related to clever devices for drinking
, or both
Punks, Politicos and Scientists of The World Unite!
Depleted Uranium Bill passes the house. To pass the bill, Dr. McDermott took a less traditional route, working with bands like Anti-Flag and speaking to people outside the political sphere.
Why is Ice slippery?
You would have thought this would be well defined in 2006. But scientists are still arguing about the key elements. Plus no clear definition of Ice IX...
A scientist is...
Before and after drawings of scientists by seventh graders. Discussed at Cosmic Variance
Faces of Science, a collection of portraits of scientists is on display
at the New York Academy of Sciences
through Oct. 14. (Click the 'View Gallery' link underneath the bookcover). Mariana Cook
, who took the portraits, has also had them displayed in The Guardian
, and at the BioAgenda Institute
(where they scroll by to the left of the screen). [Also be sure to check out the previous webgalleries
at the NYAS. The Art of Science Fiction
, and Hothouse Contemporary Floras
are both good examples of their cool shows, as is One of a Kind
The US Postal Service has issued a series of postage stamps
honoring great American scientists including: Josiah Willard Gibbs
, thermodynamicist best known for the Gibbs Phase Rule; Barbara McClintock
, geneticist who showed genes could transpose
within chromosomes; John von Neumann
, mathematician who made significant contributions in game theory and computer science
; and Richard Feynman
, infamous physicist best remembered for his work on quantum electrodynamics
, the Manhattan Project
, Feynman Diagrams
, and his testimony at the Space Shuttle Challenger hearings
Yet another dead microbiologist.
Why was Joeng Im of the University of Missouri, a 72 year old protein chemist, stabbed to death, stuffed in the trunk of his car, and burned? Was it a random act of violence? Was it a former student bent on revenge? Or is this biologist merely following in the footsteps of 40 other microbiologists and other scientists who have mysteriously died in the past 4 years? Scientists like David Kelly
, Steven Mostow
, Ian Langford
, , Don C. Wiley
, David Wynn-Williams
, Michael Perich
, Gene Mallove
, and dozens of other scientists?
Is it too presumptuous
, too "tinfoil hat
" to suppose that someone is killing off the microbiologists of the world, for some nefarious purpose?
Arsole? Putrescine? Dickite? Moronic Acid? This list of Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names
(one NSFW image) proves that scientists can be funny, as does this Stuffy Scientists
page, and Mark Isaak's terribly thorough Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature
(see, especially, Puns
). If you are tempted to wonder what the Father of Taxonomy
might have thought of the irreverence of those last two collections, keep in mind that Linnaeus himself named this plant
"Clitoria Mariana" in honor of an 'acquaintance', according to this page
Scientists Accuse White House of Distorting Facts
The Bush administration has deliberately and systematically distorted scientific fact in the service of policy goals on the environment, health, biomedical research and nuclear weaponry at home and abroad, a group of about 60 influential scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, said in a statement issued today.--would you believe the scientists or the people's (almost) choice? May need free reg for NY Times.
The Bacteria Whisperer
“Bonnie Bassler discovered a secret about microbes that the science world has missed for centuries. The bugs are talking to each other. And plotting against us.”
Scientists do have senses of humor.
Also, funny science cartoons
appeal to many of us,
like this one
also delight the mind and tickle the funny bone.
makes us wonder what the heck is going on.
And what the hell is Chindogu
really all about?
What are you favorite science sites with humor or absurdity?
While scientists like Einstein
are familiar names, others like Nikolai Tesla
have been largely forgotten by history, despite the fact that some of his work with electricity still cannot be replicated to this day
. Despite this, claims of governmental conspiracies
are probably fairly far from the truth.
Marconi was a fascist anti-Semite
, says The Age. Evidence has emerged that the father of wireless communications blocked all Jews from becoming members of the science-oriented Academy of Italy at the behest of Mussolini, long before Il Duce's racist laws became known to the rest of the world.
Doing science by stealth
Scientists have found a way of subverting the error checking mechanisms of web servers to allow them to perform calculations without the owners permission. This "Parasitic computing" could potentially use the internet as a single giant distributed computer.
Scientists discover possible microbe from space.
Scientists has recovered microorganisms in the upper reaches of the atmosphere that may have originated from outer space. The living bacteria, are unlike any known on Earth, but the astrobiologists want to keep the details under wraps until they are absolutely convinced that these are extraterrestrial. Do not adjust your set...
"clouds and even rain showers seem to have been spotted on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
Scientists have already labeled Titan a hot spot in the search for extraterrestrial life, and the new work adds to that enthusiasm." You bet it does.