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Time to Vote!

I’ve been so busy in NYC for the World Science Festival and seeing friends and family that I completely missed that the voting is open for the 3 Quarks Daily Science Blogging Contest! There are 87 entries duking it out for a place among the top 20 semi-finalists – see the full list here. To…

3 Quarks Daily has announced their third annual science blogging prize! This year, the final results will be judged by none other than Lisa Randall, theoretical physicist extraordinaire from Harvard University. Nominations are open now, and are for any post published between May 22nd, 2010 and today. Posts can be nominated by placing a comment…

Lionfish are one of my favorite animals (I study them, after all). They’re stunningly beautiful. Of course, they’re also a devastating invasive species. Though they’ve only been in the Atlantic Ocean for some 15 years or so, they’ve taken over reefs, eating everything in their path. They’ve been found to reduce the recruitment of native…

Osama Bin Laden is dead. At least, that’s what we’ve been told, and I tend to believe such things. But how do they know it’s him? Well, they have the visual evidence and the body, for one. But to be certain it’s not a look-a-like, the government has taken steps above and beyond to make…

The Twitterverse has spoken.

Who would have thought I’d return home from my Tuesday night exercise class to see this: That’s right. I now have 2000 twitter followers – a full four days ahead of the deadline, too! That means the Twitterverse has spoken, and it has commanded a science remake of Friday. I must now consult with my…

So, as you might have seen from the picture, I crashed PZ Myers’ recent talk at the Society for Developmental Biology. He said a lot of good things – about science communication and the need to make a more direct connection between scientists and the general public, among other things. But the one thing really…

It’s up to you now…

So I have this bad habit of ending up in twitter conversations with Scicurious. Last time, I ended up looking at the taste of dolphin semen. This time I have somehow agreed to a challenge: if I get to 2000 twitter followers by the end of April, I’ll do a remake of Rebecca Black’s Friday.…

See? Photo by Andre Seale You’re looking at Me, Lucia Malla (a fellow blogger, but in Portugese! How cool is that?!) and, of course, PZ Myers, just after he got leid. Isn’t he just glowing? We managed to track down PZ Myers at the Society for Developmental Biology’s West Coast Regional Meeting here in Honolulu…

In which I embarrass myself even more. You can download it here Lyrics: PhD (rewrite of Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire“) I wanna get my PhD so fricking bad Get all of those jobs I never can I wanna be on the cover of Science Magazine And all your future research will cite me Oh every time…

Are Wild Animals Happier?

In case you missed it, I delve into the concept of animal happiness and whether wild animals are happier than others in a new post on SciAm’s Guest Blog. So hop on over and check it out!