World's Fair

Archives for April, 2010

Specifically, I’m trying to see whether we can engage folks into the PHYLO card process by seeing if they work with requests. And we’re going to start with a special one – coming from a luminary in the science plus art arena, this is from Margaret Atwood, who notes that her favourite organism is the…

Seriously, if there’s a day to enjoy the outdoors, then that would have to be Earth Day. If, however, you find yourself stuck inside due to poor weather, volcanic ash plumes, or some other reason, then go check out the Phylo game (http://phylogame.org). It’s been up for about a week and a bit, and is…

Astrobiology is an amazingly interesting, highly interdisciplinary, and relative new field of science. Basically, it’s both the search for life elsewhere in the universe, and it’s the study of how to sustain human life in space and on other planets (and how to protect other planets from Earth life). Our lab works on several different…

O.K. Sorry this took a while, but you know, things are busy, having just finally launching the Phylo game website. A while back, I mentioned getting an acoustic bass, and wanting to work on yet another science-geekery song. This one with a biodiversity theme and the inclusion of reader supplied latin names as well. That…

The National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences each are spearheading programs designed to get more accurate science into the movies, and they have two somewhat different approaches to this same “problem”. Each presented its plan during a couple of sessions at this year’s AAAS National Meeting. The National Academy of Sciences had…