It’s now officially a holiday period for me (for some curious reason my university is giving everyone a two-week mid-semester break – but no one’s complaining), but I’m still busy as hell with multiple projects, including coursework, the YAS relaunch, the podcast and just generally trying not to go insane. So! Here are some more interesting/relevant things I’ve stumbled across in the past few days.
Standford University has a free, online writing course through Coursera called “Writing in the Sciences” starting on the 24th of September! It’s free! And online! And seems pretty cool! I’ve signed up (not sure how much time I’ll be able to devote to it, but we’ll see) and you should too, if you’re interested in improving your science writing skills – there’s always more to learn.
Speaking of science writing, Ed Yong has a great post up on his fabulous blog Not Exactly Rocket Science about “photosynthetic” aphids and the dream of photosynthetic humans. I previously touched this topic on Episode 58 of The Pseudo Scientists, but Ed goes into a bit more detail than I did. Plus, he’s a professional. Always go with the professional.
Speaking of The Pseudo Scientists, Episode 59 was released on Sunday! Belinda, Tom, I and special guest Ted Janet talk about the ENCODE project and junk DNA, nano-ink, transgenic camels and Ted’s time at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012. If you’ve never listened to the show before, uh, make sure you do, I guess? I put a lot of work into it, so I’d be nice to have people listen. You know, if you want. It’s your time, after all. (Oh, what’s this, a handy link to the iTunes page, where you can subscribe to the podcast? Dear me.)
(Speaking of ENCODE, I have a new post for Nature Education’s Student Voices on ENCODE, junk DNA and intelligent design creationism coming out in the next couple of days – I’ll draw your attention to it when it goes up.)
Speaking of the Young Australian Skeptics, we’re having a sale for our book, the YAS’s Skeptical Blog Anthology (featuring yours truly, but also featuring Phil Plait, Evan Bernstein, Daniel Loxton, Barbara Drescher and more!), at the moment – enter the code PIRATA at checkout to receive 15% off! Offer closes September 21st, so hurry, I guess? It’s truly a great book, and sales help support both the YAS blog and the podcast, as well as our failing egos.
And because this wouldn’t be a Homologous Legs post without a reference to good ol’ St. Vincent, here’s a video from the first date on St. Vincent and David Byrne’s Love This Giant tour. You do want to see Annie Clark and David Byrne play the theramin together, don’t you? Thought so.
You can watch more of the videos from that show here! (I know, it’s Pitchfork, but what’cha gonna do?)