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Question: What are the best pickup lines for scientists and science-savvy folk?… I’ll go narrow-church: low mutational load baby, look beyond the proximate and focus on the ultimate.

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This week: What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally…. Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. Cinematically it is an early masterpiece, but, it also features a protagonist who is a robot. The term itself was invented in…

What makes a good teacher

What makes a good teacher? That’s what SEED is asking this week. Here’s my top 10….

This week they ask: Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why? Cosmology. Transcendence.

Chad’s response to this week’s Ask a Science Blogger pointed to two issues which I think need some clarification. First, that brain drain might be good for the species in that it distributes the “wealth” of human capital around. This is not a trivial or baseless argument, but, The World Bank has done a study,…

Is it me, or did Janet explode by the old 300 world barrier? In any case, she brings up some good issues in her expansive post, and there is one thing I want to follow up in regards to the “brain drain.” Who is it good for? Who is being drained? This is a definitely…

This weeks “Ask a Science Blogger” is: “Do you think there is a brain drain going on (i.e. foreign scientists not coming to work and study in the U.S. like they used to, because of new immigration rules and the general unpopularity of the U.S.) If so, what are its implications? Is there anything we…

This week’s “Ask a Science Blogger” is: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies?

This weeks “Ask a Science Blogger” question is: “If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be?” I assume others will answer this also, so I want to get this out first: my reply is that the public needs to know that the most important idea about…