Science beyond Borders

A retrospective to the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting by Yasin Emanee. Finally, I have arrived in my Country India after the post conference tour arranged by the academic partner of the Indian delegation and the German Research Foundation. Six research institution visits and four guided cultural tours over six cities in Germany later, including the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics in the beautiful city of Dresden and The Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Bioscience, two... Read more


Science Communication: Making the Switch

Posted by Paige Brown in Guest Blog

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.  Changing careers isn’t easy. Neither is giving up on one dream to pursue another, but I’ve done both with no regrets. Over the past... Read more


Peaches Have Fuzz Because..?

The newest LunchBox Science vlog is up for all to see! Questions about your favorite summer fruit are ANSWERED! Now you're a peach expert, and you feel so much more enlightened when biting into that sweet, juicy, delicious fruit. Oh sorry, did I make you hungry? Send me more science questions in the comments, twitter, tumblr, in my email, and of course, here on SciLogs!  ... Read more


Matthew Sturm – insight into the Arctic

Over four decades after entering the Arctic Circle for the first time, Matthew Sturm, snow scientist and University of Alaska professor, still looks on the Arctic as a place of wonder. In Finding the Arctic (University of Alaska Press, 2012), a story of history and culture along a 2,500 mile snowmobile journey from Alaska to Hudson’s Bay, Matthew Sturm tackles an epic path across Alaska and Canada. As Finding the Arctic’s story unfolds, Sturm and six companions: Jon Holmgren, Glen... Read more


Post #1: Introducing SentioScribe

I told a friend that I had started a new blog here on SciLogs; he seemed interested enough, so I told him the name: SentioScribe. He sort of turned away from me and laughed a bit. Welp. But after my naming-scheme's pride was hurt, he turned back and told me, "No, no, no. It's just that the name reminds me if this:" And he kept giggling. Now, I've no real idea how to relate this "effect" to what my blog's... Read more


Fasting Improves Recovery of Bone Marrow Stem Cells after Chemotherapy

[Note: This is a guest post by Tauseef (@CellSpell)] Fasting is defined as either completely abstaining from or minimizing food intake for a defined period time - ranging from about 12 hours to even a few weeks. Calorie restriction, on the other hand, refers to an overall reduction in the daily calorie intake by about 20%-40% without necessarily reducing the meal intake frequency. Although calorie restriction is well-suited for weight loss and thus also reduces the risk of chronic diseases... Read more


Economists reflect on challenges

What are the challenges for the next generation? 6 Nobel Laureates and 8 young economists present their views. An economist should not stand back. They often stand on the sidelines and just observe or describe. But instead they should just step forward and make a difference. Alex Teytelboym, #lindauecon11 alumnus As economists are constantly confronted with numerous different challenges ranging from prosperity and unemployment to energy and climate change, it is important to identify and focus on those issues that become... Read more


Tatooine’s tangled bank – plants evolve in a galaxy far, far away

“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled dune, clothed with many plants of many kinds, all produced by laws acting around us. There is grandeur in this view of life, where so unforgiving an environment has taken but one common ancestor, and, over the millennia, forged such marvellous forms most beautiful. That this should occur, as it does elsewhere, in such an inhospitable place, speaks to the power and the universality of evolution – a creative force that that exceeds... Read more


Why a Bunch of Science Writers Are Writing About a Fictional Planet

Tatooine is a desert planet, home to Luke Skywalker and Jabba the Hutt, as well as a menagerie of large beasts: banthas and dewbacks, krayt dragons and sarlacci. Tatooine is also, of course, not a real place. Science writing aims to convey ideas, engaging and educating readers on topics from biology to astronomy. Because science writing is focused on real efforts to understand the real universe, you might reasonably ask why a collection of science writers have chosen to spend... Read more


Hello Wonderful World of SciLogs!

Hello science readers of the internet! (and to any others who are reading this--alien life forms, octopuses, small children--you are probably lost and have no idea what I'm talking about, but I hope you'll stick around to find out). My name is Maren. It's pronounced just like Karen, but with an 'M' instead of a 'K'. I am currently a student studying biology and environmental science, and I'm working toward a career in science writing and communications. Communicating scientific discoveries... Read more


Peter Agre: “Malaria is my new adventure!”

Peter Agre devotes one third of his year to field work in Southern Africa, the rest of his time he spends in the lab to combat malaria. After winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003, Peter Agre returned to his former passion haematology: He has been director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute since 2008. Already as a young doctor, he had specialised in haematology in order to combat malaria. During his trips to Asia as a young... Read more


Welcome New Bloggers!

Posted by Paige Brown in Guest Blog

A warm welcome to the newest bloggers at! Amy McDermott is the author of our newest blog ReefsRising, news from our fascinating and fragile tropical seas. From her 'About the Blog' page: The shallow, sunlit waters of tropical seas rival rainforests in their biodiversity. They are home to thousands of species of corals, fish, and invertebrates – fascinating communities that are too often threatened by unsustainable human activities. ReefsRising reports on the world of tropical marine research, sharing the cool, the weird,... Read more


Economists set the course for a self-reflective debate

What makes a good economist? 6 Nobel Laureates and 8 young economists give answers. What is this world going to look like in 50 years – I’m worried and it ought to be a major concern of the profession. Robert J. Shiller Robert Shiller is one of six “Nobel Economists” featured in the two short films we produced in eager anticipation of the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences coming up in just a month’s time: 19-23 August 2014.  18... Read more


A Map of Hindu, Buddhist Temples, Sikh Gurdwaras in Germany

As Germany is a rather wealthy country, offering comparable high levels of existential security to its inhabitants, secularization and the subsequent, inevitable decline of birth rates below replacement levels has been taking place for decades. But at the same time, the religiously devout tend to have more children and immigrants are bringing their religious traditions, leading to a process of religious pluralization. Thus, even after reunification, more than two-thirds of the German population are adhering to a Church or religious... Read more


This Is NOT a Story about Sniffing Farts for Health

Woe is the reporter who can’t help but make a new scientific paper into a fart joke. But seriously. Was there any reportable science behind headlines of Fart gas may help prevent dementia, heart disease: study and Cancer Risk Reduced by Smelling Farts Study Suggests? Forget farts, those headlines make me sick. A Liberty Voice reporter wrote “[h]ydrogen sulfide was previously considered to be a toxic molecule until more recent research has proved that in small doses it has its... Read more