2015 Nobel Prize in Economics: Consumption, great and small

Angus Deaton of Princeton University has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences ‘for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare’. ‘Deaton’s work has bridged theory and data; it has also bridged individual behaviour and aggregate outcomes; and it has helped to transform the fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics & development economics’, said Jacob Svensson, a member of the Prize Committee, in his announcement of this year’s laureate.   BREAKING NEWS The 2015 Prize in Economic Sciences is awarded... Read more


Have a research paper you’d like to see blogged? I’m blogging science, for science!

Exciting news! In the next 6 days, any scientific research paper you send me, I'll blog about! It could be research you've done that you want a wider audience to read about, or a research paper you need to read for work or school but that you're having a tough time translating. All I need from you in return is a $25.00 pledge to see my own science communication research put into action! It's a win-win!   I'm currently crowd-funding a research... Read more


Astroquizzical blogger wants to know, what are you curious about? She’ll blog about it!

Jillian Scudder, @Jillian_Scudder on Twitter, is the author of the science blog Astroquizzical. Jillian is currently a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, in Brighton, UK. She is very interested in science communication and outreach, and created her own blog in order to answer questions about space. Her blog is awesome, by the way! She uses her blog to answer all kinds of reader questions about space, such as "Does a black hole have a shape? Is there a front and... Read more


Inkfish wants to know who her readers are and how they arrive at her blog

Elizabeth Preston, @Inkfish on Twitter, writes for Discover Magazine via her blog Inkfish. From the blog's sidebar: "Like the wily and many-armed cephalopod, Inkfish reaches into the far corners of science news and brings you back surprises (and the occasional sea creature). The ink is virtual but the research is real." Elizabeth's posts are always fun and informative reads, from "Poop on a Stick Tests Penguins’ Sense of Smell" to "Chickens Help Scientists Study Dinosaur Death Pose." I am excited that Elizabeth is one... Read more


Perception of Effectiveness of Homeopathy and Other Alternative Medicine Relies on Placebo Effect

The world of alternative medicine - nowadays more fashionably known as complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), replacing the erstwhile CAM (A = alternative) - encompasses a wide range of practices. Some of these practices involve physical motion of parts or whole of the body, such as massage, Yoga, and Tai Chi; if one subtracts the dollops of mysticism, especially of Eastern origin, that have come to be associated with these practices, one finds that they perform much of the same... Read more


Morsels For The Mind – 09/10/2015

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


Help us do Science, get a Fish!

I'm currently crowd-funding a research project together with a colleague at LSU to investigate who reads science blogs, and why they do. One of our dedicated backers, Steph Januchowski-Hartley, is generously offering a new perk to those of you who back our project to research science blog readership. Donate now, get a FISH! (Ok, a drawing of a particular fish, or any fish you want, which is arguably even cooler!) If you donate $10 now to our project, you get access to one... Read more


The SCICOMM 25 (10.9.15)

Welcome to the SCICOMM 25! 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: Halloween 'science' costumes: Another 'terrifying' win by @beatricebiology The... Read more


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