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The Sweetest Sixteen

PRESS CENTER | UPDATED BRACKET The folks that brought you the Second Round of the Octopus Region of the Science Spring Showdown (part 1, part 2) will be bringing you one of the marquee match ups of the third round. Those folks are us, and the place is here at evolgen. We’re down to sixteen…

SECOND ROUND PREVIEW | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Welcome back to our coverage of the second round of the Science Spring Showdown. We had two great games yesterday, and another one finished earlier today. The final game of the round, between HIV and Psychology, is just wrapping up now; we’ll bring you the result…

SECOND ROUND PREVIEW | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our comprehensive coverage of the second round of the Science Spring Showdown. We had two great games yesterday, and we have two more match ups today. The game between Phylogenetics and Unipotent is just underway, and the final game of the…

The Science Advisor

Dr. Wayne Grody is a molecular biologist at UCLA. But his part-time job sounds like a lot more fun: “technical advisor on a number of motion picture and television productions”. He’s the guy responsible for giving Eddie Murphy’s Professor Klump character a ginormous research lab despite the fact that he worked at a small liberal…

1st ROUND RESULTS | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS After the excitement of the first round action in the Octopus region, we can only hope that the second round is half as dynamic. The big upset last round saw Unipotent knocking off Totipotent. There has also been an interesting twist, as Internal Medicine was disqualified…

1st ROUND RESULTS | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS The results are in from the first round in the Octopus Region of the Science Spring Showdown hosted at the World’s Fair. By seed, there were three upsets, but the nine seed Internal Medicine knocking off eight seed Surgery was hardly a surprise (although the 107-76…

I’m really digging the interviews with high profile scientists that Current Biology has been publishing. Last November I quoted their interview with Michael Ashburner (ie, he who will not pose with Prof. Steve Steve) on his thoughts on open access publishing and pointed out that they were being published in a non-open access journal. In…

Bracketology

It’s March, and you know what that means: brackets. There are two ScienceBlogs brackets to keep your eye on: The barkers at the World’s Fair have put together a Science Showdown — bracket style — broken into four regions: Octopus (life sciences), Mortar and Pestle (chemistry), Chair (philosophy and science studies), and Orbit (physics). Showdowns…

So Many Badges, So Little Time

Those kooky Canucks at the Science Creative Quarterly have started a new club: the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique. Anyone is free to join, provided they’re not a teetotaling, lying, world-dominating, badge-hater, ’cause they’re really into badges. To profess their love of badges, the Science Scouts have produced…

Science & Technology

I have previously mentioned, in passing, a pet peeve of mine: when people conflate ecology with environmentalism (see here and here for examples). It’s an odd pet peeve for an admitted non-ecologist, but it falls under the umbrella of distinguishing science from technology which is at the heart of the real pet peeve. It just…