I said I’d tell you when it was published – and it’s been published! Somewhat surprisingly, I was asked by my friend Khalil to write up my thoughts on the whole ENCODE project/junk DNA/the-human-genome-is-80%-functional fiasco for the Student Voices blog, but from the perspective of what intelligent design proponents were taking from it all. If you’ve been following pro-ID blogs Evolution News and Views and Uncommon Descent lately, there’s been little end to the victorious proclamations – because, as we all know, the more functional the genome is, [...]
» Continue reading ““The Designer’s Detritus” – my latest Nature Education post on ENCODE, junk DNA and intelligent design”
The following was written by a friend of mine, Brady Clarke, on Tumblr. It struck such a chord with me that I’ve reposted it here (with permission). Make sure you follow Brady on the Twitters – @pressdarling - especially if you have the same taste in music that I do.
Humans did this. Humanity did this. We put a car-sized robot called Curiosity onto Mars. We control this robot from Earth. It took this picture. You’re looking at a picture that it took, made available [...]
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It’s been a little while since I’ve had one of these published, but it’s good to be back! My latest Nature Education’s Student Voices blog post is up, and it’s on a topic both close and far from my heart: humanity. More specifically, it’s about how boring, biologically, Homo sapiens is as a species compared with the vast array of fascinating creatures that we mostly ignore every day, and if we would just take a second to appreciate them, we might stop putting ourselves up on [...]
» Continue reading ““I’m not a speciesist, but…” – my new Nature Education post on why humans are terribly boring”
I was lucky enough to have my friend Khalil Cassimally interview me a couple of weeks ago for The SA Incubator, a Scientific American blog that focuses on the next generation of science communicators. Now, the interview is online! Have a read whilst it’s still hot. Or even when it’s not. I doubt it’s going away any time soon.
The interview goes into details about my science communication niche, podcasting, geekiness and my plans for the future. More information about what I think: just [...]
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If that title doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will, honestly. It’s not misleading, either.
The lovely folks over at TBA - Ben Vernel, Tess Armstrong and Andy Balloch – were kind enough to invite me on their excellent podcast to discuss all things science… and quite a few things not-science. I share some amazing science-themed pick-up lines (which I’ve never, ever used, I promise you), Tess asks me about random topics, Ben just sits there being a bit of [...]
» Continue reading “Science, rectal mishaps and pick-up lines – my guest appearance on TBA”
I realised a few days ago that I barely do any pure science communication on this blog, which saddened me a little given that I’m so passionate about it. I’m all talk and no… non-talk.
So, I’ve resolved to blog more about pure science, which will probably come out as a regular series of Friday posts. But what I want to know from you guys is: what do you want to me to blog about? Sure, I have heaps of ideas – extremophiles, archaea, awesome proteins, genome evolution, metabolism, etc. [...]
» Continue reading “The juice of science communication needs to be squeezed out of me”
Next week begins the 2nd year of my Bachelor of Science degree and I must say, I’m excited. You see, this is the first semester of uni I’ll have undertaken so far that is only comprised of biology subjects: last year I took breadth in music and philosophy, as well as the requisite pure chemistry background for 2nd and 3rd year biochemistry, and a geology/cosmology-based subject.
I was going to be taking Communicating Science and Technology as a breadth subject this semester, but it clashed badly with a [...]
» Continue reading “Hold onto your pipettes, ’cause this semester just got real”
Today’s science link is the Student Voices blog.
Student Voices is a student-run blog hosted by Nature Education (affiliated with one of the world’s top science journals, Nature), where undergraduate science students write about and discuss science in the news, emerging research and the intersection of science, culture and politics.
As I’ve repeatedly said, science communication practice by students of science is incredibly important in order to acclimatize them to discussing and explaining the wonders of science to others. The more students that do this the better, [...]
» Continue reading “Monday Science Link – Student Voices at Nature Education (and some exciting news!)”
I’ve been so busy at the moment, preparing for university, reading, listening to music, exercising, indulging the Doctor Who-obsessed part of my brain… that I haven’t done a Monday Science Link in a while. And I’m still busy, so here’s a non-standard one.
Ed Yong runs the excellent science communication blog Not Exactly Rocket Science and a short while ago he put out a lovely list of science blogs that he believes everyone should read. As it turns out, the list was completely composed of female-authored [...]
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Think back to your high school days: how many of your schoolmates were really passionate about science, be it physics, chemistry or biology? Did anyone really care about those subjects, or did they do them because they were forced to by the school or because they needed them to get a higher Year 12 score? The answer is probably “nobody”. It’s rare to see a lot of kids (in my personal experience) actively excited about doing science at high school, seeing themselves in a career in science after [...]
» Continue reading “In2science Peer Mentoring – get kids interested in science at school!”