Video: Fluorescence is a State of Mind, feat. Stefan Hell

How to break a fundamental law of physics and win a Nobel Prize to boot. Stefan Hell explains super-resolved fluorescence microscopy for which he shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry. The second movie out of the “Nature Video Lindau Collection 2015″ is out. In this series of animated films, Nobel prize-winning scientists talk about work, life and discoveries that change the world. The stories were recorded by our media partner Nature at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.  ... Read more


Susan Swanberg wants to ask her readers: What kinds of posts grab you the most?

Susan Swanberg, @seswanberg on Twitter, is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Arizona (she teaches science journalism!) and a blogger at Susan write The Tenacious Telomere blog, where she blogs about science writing, her scientific inspirations, her book endeavors and, my favorite, her life in the desert among scorpions, tarantulas and other interesting creatures. Even more exciting, Susan is one of the confirmed science blogger collaborators for my project to survey science blog readers. Two weeks from now she will be... Read more


The Unknowns – Uncovering the readers of Biodiversity in Focus blog

Originally posted at Morgan Jackson, @BioInFocus​ on Twitter, is the author of Biodiversity in Focus, a blog about insects and much more. Morgan is an entomology graduate student and nature photographer​, and these two interests combine fantastically on his blog, with close-ups of Chinese scorpions​ and bee flies along with stories about their biology and odd facts about their life histories. "If it looks like a bee, and carries pollen like a bee…​​" Even more exciting, Morgan is one of our confirmed science blogger collaborators for... Read more


Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015: The Tool Box for DNA Repair

BREAKING NEWS The 2015 #NobelPrize in Chemistry is awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar: — The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 7, 2015   “This year’s prize is about the cell’s tool box for repairing DNA and safeguard the genetic information,” Göran Hansson explained in Stockholm today. Hannson is the secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He continued by explaining that each person’s DNA, the sum of all genetic information stored in his or... Read more


2015 Nobel to Traditional Chinese Medicine Expert is a Win for Evidence-based Pharmacognosy

Yesterday, on October 5, 2015, one half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to scientist and pharmaceutical chemist Tu Youyou (alternatively, Tu Yo Yo, 屠呦呦 in Chinese), for her discovery of the anti-malarial Artemisinin. (The other half went jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura, for their discovery of a novel therapy for roundworm infection.) Professor Tu, 84, has the rare distinction of being the first native Chinese Nobel Laureate in Medicine. She was born... Read more


2015 Nobel Prize in Physics: Changeable ‘ghost particles’

The awarding of the Physics Nobel Prize started somewhat mystically: The topic was the change of identities “of some of the most abundant inhabitants of the universe”. A short time later we got to know who changes its appearance: neutrinos! Neutrinos are those ‘ghost particles’ which – according to Prof. Anne L’Huillier from the Nobel committee – pass through our bodies in gigantic numbers every second without us being able to see or feel them. And as paradox as this... Read more


Finding Professor “X” – A STEM Story: Professor “X” is Identified & I Need My Readers’ Advice

Hello Dear Readers, I've identified Professor "X" and know how to reach him. I'd like to be bold and call him, but am concerned that a call might be intrusive. What should I do? Call or write a letter? I'll keep you posted.  ... Read more


A Brushiness With Ogdenashiness

Frederick Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971), often referred to simply as 'Ogden Nash', was an American poet with a signature style of whimsical light verses replete with puns, deliberate misspellings, strangely irregular meter, but always ending in rhymes. Having read Ogden Nash as a child, I always find his poems delightful and utterly enjoyable. I recently came to know that I have another connection to him; apparently, Ogden Nash, a New Yorker by birth, called Baltimore... Read more


Scientific research in Africa: reasons for hope

It started as I dwelled on the negative science climate within this country and the ongoing concern by some that China will one day surpass us. Yet in my experience, I've encountered many scientists from abroad, giving up so much to train or seek a research career in the US. This made me wonder what science was like in their home countries. Over the years I had many conversations with scientists from disparate places like China, India, Russia, and Jamaica.... Read more


Nobel Prize 2015: The Fight Against Tropical Parasites

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine emphasises scientific breakthroughs that have been applied with great success in tropical medicine. “The two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually,” the Nobel committee in Stockholm announced today. And these diseases mostly effect “the most vulnerable” – children in developing countries.   BREAKING NEWS The 2015 #NobelPrize #Medicine to William C. Campbell @DrewUniversity, Satoshi Ōmura and Youyou... Read more


Researchers Get ‘Fancy’ With an Iggy Azalea-Inspired Journal Submission

If I told you some researchers submitted an invited paper to a journal along with a video explaining the work, you might not be too impressed. …But what if I told you it was an Iggy Azalea-inspired music video? Now I have your attention. Professors David Sholl and Ryan Lively of Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) said it started as a pretty generic request from the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters to provide a video with... Read more


Morsels For The Mind – 02/10/2015

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”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more


Finding Professor “X” — A Stem Story: What Was Lost Might Be Found

  As I was writing my first "Professor 'X'" episode yesterday, an email was hitting my mailbox. The friendly archivist I mentioned has come up with a name -- Wendell Pepperdine. The name immediately rang a bell. The archivist sent me a photo of Wendell Pepperdine as a young man. I'm 99.99% sure he's my Professor "X." If Wendell Pepperdine is still alive, I'm going to find him. Interestingly, a Wendell Pepperdine is the son of the man who founded Pepperdine University.... Read more


The SCICOMM 25 (10.2.15)

The SCICOMM 25 is Back! This is where I pull together the week's 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I've shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world's leading science communicators. Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out. I hope you enjoy this week's list. Top Stories: Why scientists don’t engage with the public...and why they should.... Read more


How Does Science Happen? The Basal Cell Nevus Saga

Was Newton sitting under an apple tree? Was Kekulé dreaming while snakes were forming benzene rings during his rapid eye movements? Hard to say, it was a long time ago. That is why it is especially interesting to have a contemporary scientific narrative told by one of the key movers within the story. The October 2015 issue of JID includes an editorial by Ervin Epstein, Jr., who has been thinking of, dreaming of, and exploring the secrets of the basal... Read more