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They’re doing exactly what we always complain our brightest students don’t do: eschewing the easy bucks of Wall Street, consulting or corporate law to pursue their ideals and be of service to society. Academia may once have been a cushy gig, but now we’re talking about highly talented young people who are willing to spend…

I was playing The Fracking Song last night about midnight, and my boyfriend was grooving to it. At the end he asked, “what was that about?” “Uh. . . fracking.” “Which kind of fracking?” Yes, we are a BSG household. Anyway, it may be an explainer, but it’s actually quite a nice little piece of…

Thanks moms! Slightly more than half of everything we are we owe to you. 🙂 Song by cadamole – late of the St. Patrick’s Day song.

So I ran across this thread, and it made me sad. (And no, not because it wasn’t Ed Yong’s blog, although that too.) It started off as a happy post: the author, Paula Chambers, is a PhD who began her own online community for PhDs seeking jobs outside academia. That’s awesome. But when Chambers went…

Stop torturing me, MIT!

Now this is just cruel: yesterday the Cambridge Science Festival kicked off – a week of science, sciart, sci-journalism and sci-education activities at MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science, and surrounds. Am I going to be hanging out all day with my fellow-geeks in the sun (which finally came out a few days ago, right…

Recently, IP scholar and government corruption critic Larry Lessig gave a talk at CERN in which he talked about the mismatch between the goals of copyright and scientific publishing. I was excited to watch it, but . . . well, I fell asleep partway through. (It’s a long talk.) I haven’t been well lately (thus…

How do you get kids to master science, math, and engineering? Ask them to make a video game that teaches it to other kids. Check it out: One of these kids wrote a video game to teach himself his multiplication tables. Another calls his elementary school cousins his “user test group.” I clearly am way,…

Oh, to be eight years old again, and oh-so-eager to suspend all disbelief. . . this video had me laughing in pure delight: The baby T-Rex, which you can obviously tell is an actor (see the legs?) is touring Australian schools to promote the show “Walking with Dinosaurs.” Don’t get me wrong – the show…

Artists who invent (and patent)

I’ve been remiss in not recommending my temporary Scienceblogs scibling “Art and Science Learning” to those of you who are, like me, interested in the sciart intersection. However, I have to say I am not 100% behind its latest (and quite popular post), by Robert Root-Bernstein. It starts, Most people are at a loss to…

Hack for Colbert! And education!

Calling all dataviz peeps: you know you want to meet Stephen Colbert. All you have to do is win DonorsChoose’s version of the Netflix Prize. It’s a contest called “Hacking Education”. DonorsChoose explains, “We’ve opened up [our] data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape…