The Desert Bighorn Blues

"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone."                                              --Joni Mitchell, singer songwriter The last of Tucson, Arizona's, original desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana) disappeared from the Santa Catalina Mountains in the late 1990s. Last fall the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) plucked 31 sheep from their home in the... Read more


Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging

What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, specialized education and... Read more


Ebola – a Case Study of Scientific Communication

Medical student and Lindau alumnus Yasin Emanee on what the Ebola epidemic taught him about the scientific receptivity of the people in his country. As a final year medical student in India, it is not uncommon to be enquired about the symptoms of diseases and basic medical advice by one’s friends and family. Some time back, when the Ebola epidemic was starting to grip the attention of the people around the world, I had some phone calls from friends who had complaints... Read more


Birdbooker Report 346-7

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more


Effective stress and FDL science

"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... Read more


Blogworthiness: “It’s a Left Brain, Right Brain Thing”

As some of my readers will know, I've been interviewing science bloggers this year for my PhD dissertation on how science bloggers decide what to write about. As I'm transcribing (typing word-for-word) the interview recordings, I've been sharing short excerpts on Twitter using the hashtag #MySciBlog. Some interview gems, though, deserve to be shared in a longer format. That's how I felt about the following quote, from a scientist blogger, about how he/she decides what is blogworthy:   "It's a... Read more


Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big science... Read more


Shirts, Science Communication, and Why Appearances Can Be Important

On Nov. 12, a robot launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) about ten years ago landed on a comet approximately 300 million miles away. Which is (literally) awesome. But this blog is about science communication, so I want to talk about a shirt. One of the ESA staffers prominently featured in coverage of the landing was Matt Taylor, who is head scientist on the project. Taylor is an intelligent guy, but he made the unfortunate decision to wear a... Read more


Ten Surprising Facts About Diabetes

Today is World Diabetes Day – blue monuments around the world put this often undetected disease into the spotlight.The World Health Organization estimates that more than 347 million people suffer from diabetes – more than one eighth of the world population. Only twenty years ago, WHO estimates said 135 million. Both diabetes type 1 and type 2 are on the rise, although numbers of the latter rise more quickly, hand in hand with the global obesity crisis. In the US,... Read more


Following Your Passion Project: Notes from the 2014 National Association of Science Writers Meeting

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Brooke Borel. Borel is a freelance science writer and author. She organized a session at the 2014 meeting of the National Association of Science Writers on what it takes to make a “passion project” a success, and I asked her to write a guest post on the subject. Last month, 430 science journalists and communicators took over a Marriott hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio for their annual meeting, which included talks and... Read more


Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature – Part 12 with Dr. Michael Mann

 Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and why they communicate, the risks they are taking by publicly engaging in the climate discussion, and how... Read more


New Topic Cluster: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

The Lindau Mediatheque published its newest immersive topic cluster today dedicated to NMR, ‘the music of matter’. “Each atom is like a subtle and refined instrument, playing its own faint, magnetic melody, inaudible to human ears. By your methods, this music has been made perceptible, and the characteristic melody of an atom can be used as an identification Signal” - Harald Cramér, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences during 1952′s Nobel Banquet on Felix Bloch and Edward Purcell... Read more


Common disinfectants impair mouse fertility

Hey everyone, I recently wrote an article on a new toxicology study for The Conversation, and they have kindly allowed me to repost the piece on SciLogs in its entirety. Read on to find out about how two research labs that shared an annoying mouse attrition problem joined forces to make an important discovery about chemicals found in nearly every home in the U.S. Mice possess a notable talent: they are excellent at making more mice. Their ability to reproduce... Read more


365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II

In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I decided to ask Sarah about her 365 blogging project and her motivations to do... Read more


Controversy: A Dermatology TED Conference: A Lot in Storrs for You

by guest blogger Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University   This year’s Storrs Lectureship is undoubtedly one of the most unusual meetings I have ever attended.  I don’t want you to interpret “unusual” as a code word for “bad,” but you can interpret it as “unconventional.” The typical didactic format was abandoned in favor of short, TED-type presentations followed by abundant discussion. The lectureship is designed to reflect “Fran Storrs’ mission” in a “Fran Storrs’ way.” For... Read more