A Vancouver company is holding a vote to determine where to send their charity dollars. My teen science program is one of the options! So I need your help…
They will give money to our parent organization (Science World) but the money is earmarked for the teen Future Science Leaders program. To vote:
- Vote for ‘Science World’ on the Facebook poll
- Tweet @car2goVancouver and tell them that you are voting for Science World
There doesn’t seem to be a restriction on the location of voters so please vote wherever you are.
We went to South Africa in June 2013. So many amazing sights! I’ll try to share some of them using digital video and photos – but I’d highly recommend a visit.
I was surprised at the guttural sounds made by a female leopard as she patrolled and marked her territory. When I think about it, it makes sense but it was still a shock to hear those deep sounds. But you can listen for yourself in the video below.
Every year, I create a mystery for students in the Future Science Leaders program to solve. There are several bits of evidence – some of it conflicting – and the students need to determine who did it and provide the evidence that supports their theory.
This year, there has been a tragic death in the fictional town, Suja.
But then, it is found that Louise was dead before the fire! Murder announcement This led us on a wonderful exploration of this town and the love/hate relationships with Louise.
Will you be a member of the jury? Each group has put forward their reasoning but we need some help deciding who makes the best case:
Tonight is the last season of Breaking Bad. We are excited to see what happens – and despite being sad that the show is ending, at least it seems to be going out strong and true to all characters. Don’t worry! No spoilers.
For the start of these last few episodes, I made ‘meth candy’ as described in the wonderful recipe by Sugar Hero. It is easy – and so fun to break up the candy in the cookie sheet:
cooking crystal candy
time to break it!
baggies of rock crystal candy
I’d definitely recommend making the candy! Some things I learned:
I’ve been having an upset stomach over the last 7 months. Looking back, it was fairly regular, with me getting sick every 3 or 4 weeks. But each time, I would explain it away: overdid it at Christmas, food poisoning, new allergies? But then I started to feel really unlucky with multiple food poisonings when those around me were fine; I’d doubled my hand washing but was still getting sick. The latest ‘attack of food poisoning’ was well-timed with a doctor’s appointment and I was surprised to find out that she suspected pancreatitis or cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder).
I ended up having my gallbladder removed and already feel much better. I didn’t attribute many of my symptoms to this little organ so I thought I’d share my experience so others might figure it out earlier.
by Mario’s Planet
It can be a balancing act to find female role models for girls in science without focusing too much on traditional female roles. If a teen girl wants to have both a family and a science career, do you talk about women who have done it? What bothers me about this ‘struggle’ is that we don’t ask the question when it is a young boy who wants a family and science career. My default position is to talk about the science in one arena and talk about personal lives in another. If I’m talking about a male scientist, I try to find out the personal details that are often included for women.
Once glaring example of talking too much about the personal lives of women scientists was done at the end of March 2013. The New York Times wrote an obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill and led with her ‘mean beef stroganoff’. Her 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation wasn’t mentioned until the third paragraph! There was all kinds of outrage and examples are seen in this great Storify. The New York Times then changed their obituary and you can see the before and after. What added insult to injury was that earlier that month, I had read about the Finkbeiner test to measure gender bias in science and it has some great suggestions for writing about women. I then created an assignment for students to write about women in science and pass the Finkbeiner test.
I have to admit, I love the Sasquatch DNA story. Growing up in British Columbia, I have a soft spot for the creature – and having someone claim to sequence the DNA added a genetic interest.
Unfortunately, the sequencing results aren’t as clear cut as the authors claim. Last week, John Timmer wrote about some of the issues with the study and it reminded me of some of the fun things that happened when the study was first announced last February. It led to conversations about open access and bias or expectations in research.
Think of all the great conversations and plans happening!
I try to choose conferences that will leave me inspired with lots of great ideas and opportunities. I have wonderful notes on fantastic project and even timelines to get them all done… But then a weird thing can happen where I feel unworthy of all these ideas.
One example is the 2013 ScienceOnline conference. I have a notebook full of post and video ideas but when I got home, I didn’t do any of them. Not only that, I stopped all online writing. Why?