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Hump smarter and cover your tweedle!

From the Center for Biological Diversity, “Endangered Species Condoms”: To help people understand the impact of overpopulation on other species, and to give them a chance to take action in their own life, the Center is distributing free packets of Endangered Species Condoms depicting six separate species: the polar bear, snail darter, spotted owl, American…

Last week, I braved a nasty sleety Cambridge evening to see Rebecca Skloot read from her excellent new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’m thrilled to tell you it’s finally being released on Amazon tomorrow, so if you haven’t already been to your local bookstore, go snag a copy (or enter to win…

Alert: This print is endangered

The Endangered Species Print Project has a clever approach to conservation: a series of limited-edition prints depicting endangered species, with the number of prints correlating with the number of individuals left in the wild. For this sunlight-saturated Panamanian Golden Frog by Jenny Kendler, that’s a wild population/print run of only 100. All the proceeds from…

In Support of Diversity in Science

It wasn’t exactly a New Year’s resolution, but Scibling Abel Pharmboy announced a new mission for Terra Sigillata this year: Terra Sigillata will broaden its focus area to become an open platform for scientific and career development issues specific to underrepresented or underserved minority groups as described in the US by the National Institutes of…

A Cry for Help

Beggar Joao Ruas Starting January 8, Thinkspace in Los Angeles is hosting a group exhibition to benefit wildlife conservation efforts: Though we live in the city, animals exist all around us – they sleep in our beds, creep past our windows at night and visit us in our dreams. Symbolizing all that is free, unspoiled…

Thanks – and keep up the good work!

Hey readers, since blogging about my holiday educational fundraising push, I’ve noticed that clicks and views are up – thanks to everyone for helping out! All BioE traffic through the end of December will help benefit CEF, a scholarship and grant program for kids in Washington state, so keep sharing those links! 🙂

Every year, I do my charitable giving at the holidays. It doesn’t make much sense from a personal budget standpoint, since I’m always running out of money and time, but it just feels like a good thing to do. This year, I’m going to feature one recipient here on the blog, in the hopes of…

Weekend Updates

From the NIDA media guide Jared Diamond and the New Yorker’s parent company have denied all charges in the “Vengeance is Ours” scandal:” The defendants’ attorneys listed 34 reasons, called “affirmative defenses,” why they should prevail in the lawsuit. Among them are the contentions that the plaintiffs were not defamed and had not suffered any…

As you’ll have noticed by now, I’m not doing a BioE DonorsChoose challenge this year. It was a really tough decision, but I currently have neither the time nor the spare cash to do a DonorsChoose promotion proper justice. Fortunately, I have a baker’s dozen Sciblings who are going all out this year to beat…

No, I’m not being rude, I promise! The Gates Foundation is matching DonorsChoose donations to high-need schools. They’ll fund 50% of any classroom project request that prepares students in rural and high-poverty schools for college, up to $4.1 million. Just jump in and pick from a list of projects eligible for matching funds here. Here’s…