Science online, every major’s terrible edition

k7964-1 Much data. Photo by Minette Layne.

And, because I’ve just wrapped up another round of Citizen Science (well, except for the grading), a little advice for some of my “undeclared” students, via io9:


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Science online, keep on growin’ edition

Sunlit tree Photo by jby.
  • Ugh, ick, and blargh. Charter schools are turning out to be a great way to get taxpayers to fund your Creationist pseudoscience classes.
  • Silly old bear! Winnie the Pooh, diagnosed.
  • They help … if you tell patients they help. On the medical uses—or lack thereof—for the placebo effect.
  • On what counts in doing science. That is, experience, rather than genius.
  • Eek. Why are academics so vulnerable to online outrage?
  • Onward and upward! Even as they get bigger, trees just keep growing.
  • “I try hard to avoid having principles because they inevitably lead me to hypocrisy, and aside from that, very little else is accomplished.” Why Hope Jahren won’t be interviewed in Nature.

And, this week, a video (via Kyle Hill): how to get leaf-cutter ants to carry a sign. No, you don’t need to unionize them first.

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Science online, standing (heh) out edition

Blue and Lilac Wave Petunias Photo by Doug McAbee.
  • This week, at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! Cave fish in an evolutionary canal?
  • Queer in STEM: Covered in a very nice article in this week’s issue of Nature.
  • Yum? Pikas are dealing with a warming climate by eating more moss.
  • I’m getting a tickle in the back of my throat just reading this. Growing up without vaccines.
  • With the second-best headline of the week. The cellular basis of blue petunias.
  • This week in evolving E. coli. The surprisingly simple genetics of an experimental evolutionary change.
  • Personal, maddening. What happened when a Hawaiian city councilman decided to learn the facts on genetically modified crops.
  • Also, why I don’t think I want to ever go to south Florida. How biologists decide which introduced species are the scariest.

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Science online, ringing in the New Year edition

Tobacco Hornworm “No, I don’t want a breath mint.” Photo by TexasEagle.

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Science Online, year’s end edition

2013.12.21 - winter fields II Photo by jby.

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Science online, winter solstice edition

2012 Christmas Corner Decorations Photo by The Tedster.

And finally, a video I may very well use in class a few weeks from now: some thoughts on how to read science news.


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Science online, Googling the closet edition

Birthday Cake No big deal for some animals? Photo by Will Clayton.

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Science online, craziest of ants edition

Expulsion from Eden It was probably all because Eve’s brain is so different. Photo by Sebastian Bergmann.

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Science online, pumpkin pie hangover edition

paleo pumpkin pie 3 Barnacles. Photo by Minette Layne.

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Science online, if you give a mouse a thermostat edition

Mousey Is it cold in here? Photo by Ikayama.

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