#SciLogs Weekly Roundup: Evolution of Religion, Spanish #scicomm, Fungus Attacks Pets, Lemmings in the Arctic

29 June 2013 by Khalil A. Cassimally, posted in SciLogs

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Blog to watch this week: In his blog The Nature of Faith, Michael Blume explores a fascinating multidisciplinary field---that of the evolutionary study of religion. Michael dwells into how religion spread in our societies, also telling us why it's important to learn about the religion phenomenon even in the face of potential adversity from other scientists.

Quote of the week: "I know too well that a good story about sci­ence can change the way you think or see part of the world for bet­ter" - Luis Quevedo in an interview with Matt Shipman.

More weekend reading: Malcolm Campbell’s highly recommended weekly list of the best science stories.


Kerstin Hoppenhaus: The two libraries

Mićo Tatalović: Into the fast lane: Croatia’s researchers join the EU

Michael Blume: Sam Harris vs. Scott Atran – Hate vs. Science

Viktor Poór: End of exam period (cartoon)

Beatrix Dumsky: Asymmetric catalysis enables selective synthesis

Matt Shipman: Let’s Start a Dialogue: an Interview with Luis Quevedo

Rob P.:

[...] I think that there is an assumption that English is the international language of science. While that seems to work well among professionals, it is clear that communicating things like recognition of autism vs. developmental delay needs to be more accessible to average folks [...]

marisa castiñeira:

[...] I [believe] that the science is part of the culture, and I try to transmit to my students this reality, [because] I think they go to need it to live in this new world. They probably have to make decisions but with knowing [...]

Matt Shipman: Iniciemos un diálogo: una Entrevista con Luis Quevedo

Paige Brown: Science as Story: Learning from the Best

Pete Etchells: Neuro de change: A brief note on the neuroscience backlash

Paige Brown: A Day at the Vet: Dog Skin Cancer

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: Beware the mighty sequencer

Kausik Datta: A Fungal Infection, and Oh! Those Poor Cats!

Malcolm Campbell: A lasting impression

Annelie Wendeberg: Let’s chuck some corpses

Alex Brown: Speaking science on my birthday

Jamie Gallagher:

[...] Word choice is so important especially in a short clip. Having been through the famelab and the 3 min thesis mill I am well award that every single word must be spot on to paint a picture. I believe it was Timandra Harkness who pointed out some of the subtly of presenting to me. For example saying "as we all know...." may leave a few of your audience feeling a little left out or worse- stupid if they didn't know. Simply rephrasing this as "as some of you might be aware..." makes it far better. The second is a more inclusive phrase and not likely to subtly undermine your audience. Clever stuff [...]


[...] I used to write a script, but I would find students would ask questions (often very pertinent ones highlighting bad assumptions of mine about their understanding of other concepts) and I'd struggle to pick the script up again. Having a more limited set of key points and links to run through, it's easier to divert when needed and get back on track, at least for me [...]

Kerstin Hoppenhaus: If your DNA is degraded – use it!

Laura Nielsen: Humble lemmings are an Arctic keystone species

Stephanie Swift: A huge variety of fungi call your feet home

Malcolm Campbell: Morsels for the mind – 28/6/2013

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