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I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!

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This video describes a new online program targeted to UK teenagers; "I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!" This program's goals are to provide teens access to real scientists, to provide them the opportunity to get beyond stereotypes about scientists, to learn how science relates to real life and to provide the scientists with feedback on their communication style -- can they explain their work to teenagers? Hundreds of teens ask the scientists questions online about what they do, and they vote for the scientist they want to win ₤500. Added smugpoints: a Nature Network colleague of mine, Stephen Curry, who also was one of the hosts for Scientia Pro Publica, has volunteered!

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Stevie the Professional Regurgitator

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This man makes a living by swallowing strange objects, like light bulbs, and then vomiting them back up. I think at least a few of these stunts are illusions -- how did he do the sugar trick, for example? -- while other stunts (the fish trick) are really just gross.

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Gathering Paradise: Bill Murray Reads to Construction Workers at NYC's Poets House

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This is a beautiful video, showing the construction of NYC's Poets House, along with a reading of several poems, including Emily Dickinson's lovely poem, "I dwell in Possibility," by actor Bill Murray, and ending with a short segment where some of the guys introduce themselves. This poetry reading was the first to take place at the Poets House new home. It's really fitting that those who constructed the building should be so honored, don't you think?

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Strassenmusiker

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Strassenmusiker.
Hauptwache, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Image: GrrlScientist, 14 April 2010 [larger view]

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Webby Nominee: NOVA's The Secret Life of Scientists

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Okay, my peeps, I need your help. PBS is airing a NOVA series called "The Secret Life of Scientists." This miniseries has been nominated for a Webby Award for the Best Documentary Series, and is almost tied with a David Lynch film. We need your help to push this one over the top and give it the support of the people! I've embedded a clip below that I know you will enjoy (interestingly, I know several of these scientists in real life, too). So watch the video, laugh and then VOTE!

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

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Steve Jobs demonstrates tremendous tunnel vision as he talks about his life in his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, this white man with a loving family makes a huge and very basic error in logic: because he somehow managed to "make it" doesn't mean that everyone does -- or will. Most of us fail, and fail miserably, and fail publicly, and we fail repeatedly until the day we die as we strive to do what we love.

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Math Class Shadow

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This is a trick that Matthew Weathers made for a lecture he presented in his Nature of Math class at Biola University. He apparently likes experimenting with mixing live action with video.
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About That Embargo Kerfuffle ..

Mar 19 2010 Published by under Employment, Ethics

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The short story: this kerfuffle was the result of a misunderstanding.
The long story follows.

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Goddam, But I Hate Embargoes

Mar 15 2010 Published by under Employment, Ethics

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Embargoes: you either love them or hate them, and I hate them. No, let me rephrase: I despise embargoes. In fact, science story embargoes have been my daily rant for literally years. No, really. Every f*cking day. Well, except maybe for Sundays, which is devoted to ranting about all those religious wackaloons who have been trying to recruit visiting the previous week and preaching at me when I was absent-minded enough to open the door. But until a few months ago when I finally managed to relocate to Germany to live with my spouse, no one but my parrot pals ever heard these rants.
Until now, that is.
"Blog it," said my spouse after my latest rant, ignoring my murderous glares frustration murderous glares. "You're a blogger; blog writing is what you do! So .. Blog It!"

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How Will the End of Print Journalism Affect Crazy Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?

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The decline of the newspaper?? Ransom notes, papier-mâché and slacker gift wrapping will never be the same! Worse, what will crazy old loons pack their houses to the rafters with?

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