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From The Writer’s Desk: New Questions, New Frontiers

In the series, “From The Writer’s Desk,” I’ll describe what I do for a living as a writer and ideas I have for advancing my craft. The mission of a journalist is to get answers to questions. What I’ve been intrigued by recently is how one can get new types of stories by asking new [...]

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Compound Eye

The Scientific American Blog Network is not Scientific American

If you spend time reading Scientific American, you’ll know the magazine does not tiptoe around controversial topics. The same is true for the 50-ish people who are part of the online blog network. I happen to regard this focus as a strength of both organizations, though not all do. To that end I would like to [...]

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Compound Eye

6 Sources of Free Images for Science Blogging

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If you blog, you probably know that most online images are copyrighted and off-limits for your site. Where is an enterprising science writer to turn for artwork that is free, beautiful, and legally bloggable? 1. Ask the artist Artists own their copyrights, but that doesn’t mean many aren’t happy to share! Often, permission for non-commercial [...]

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Compound Eye

How much should blog images be compressed?

The tech gurus behind the scenes at Scientific American have been working out kinks in our new network, and some of the issues relate to image size & storage. Thus, here’s a quick post on file size for blogging. Before I start, let me grab a test image: The original file straight off the camera [...]

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Compound Eye

Two bloggy things

1. You may have noticed I’ve only posted a couple items- both Thrifty Thursdays- since the blog launch earlier in the month. The slowness has reason. I am currently teaching a compressed summer session class on beekeeping with two lab sections a week. The prep time is such that I’m stretched rather thin for full-ahead [...]

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Food Matters

What Is Success?

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“Goodbye don’t mean gone.” – attributed to Ray Charles “Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.” – Flannery O’Connor When New York calls, you listen, you go. That’s what two decidedly non-scientist role models in my life, Ray Charles and [...]

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Guest Blog

All about Stories: How to Tell Them, How They’re Changing, and What They Have to Do with Science

Communicating science is all about telling stories. A few days ago at the World Science Festival, a stellar panel of science journalists and writers sat down to discuss the ways in which the Web is shaping and changing how those stories are told. Moderating the "Telling Science Stories in Print and on the Web" discussion [...]

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Guest Blog

Social media for science: The geologic perspective

Last week, I spent a pleasant hour over lunch talking to my 60-year-old aunt and her 80-something husband about "this Twitter thing" and how one defines a blog. They had heard that social media had played a role in the protests in Egypt and wanted to learn more. Good students, they nodded and asked questions [...]

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The Network Central

Announcing the Editor of Open Laboratory 2013

Usually this announcement comes out much earlier in the year, but the transition from Lulu.com to FSG has changed all the dates – the cycle is now different. But still, it’s high time to announce the Guest Editor for the next edition of The Best Science Writing Online, the annual anthology of the best science [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – the complete list of entries!

Open Laboratory 2013 – the complete list of entries! We just closed the submission form for the 2013 edition. Thank you all who submitted the posts. Below are all the blog posts submitted over the past year. I need to crowdsource some help first. In the comments, please let me know if you notice any [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – deadline for submissions is tonight!

Deadline is here, tonight! We are closing the submissions on Monday, October 1st at 11:59pm EDT! The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open Lab is here. Any blog post written since October 1, 2011 is eligible for submission. We accept essays, stories, poetry, cartoons/comics, and original art. Once you are done submitting your [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – last call for submissions!

Deadline is here, just three days away! We are closing the submissions on Monday, October 1st at 11:59pm EDT! The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open Lab is here. Any blog post written since October 1, 2011 is eligible for submission. We accept essays, stories, poetry, cartoons/comics, and original art. Once you are [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – submissions so far

The Big Deadline is looming! We are closing the submissions on October 1st at 11:59pm EDT – just a week from now! The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open Lab is here. Any blog post written since October 1, 2011 is eligible for submission. We accept essays, stories, poetry, cartoons/comics, and original art. [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – submissions so far

The 2012 edition is coming out tomorrow! Join us for festivities! The book can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. You can buy the last five annual collections here. You can read Prefaces and Introductions to older editions here. The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open Lab is now open. Any blog [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – submissions so far

Only half a month till the 2012 edition is out! Mark your calendars for September 18th! The 2012 edition can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. You can buy the last five annual collections here. You can read Prefaces and Introductions to older editions here. The submission form for the 2013 edition of [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – submissions so far

Less than month till the 2012 edition is out! Mark your calendars for September 18th! The 2012 edition can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. You can buy the last five annual collections here. You can read Prefaces and Introductions to older editions here. The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – submissions so far

Only a month till the 2012 edition is out! Mark your calendars for September 18th! The 2012 edition can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and Amazon UK. You can buy the last five annual collections here. You can read Prefaces and Introductions to older editions here. The submission form for the 2013 edition of Open [...]

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The Network Central

Open Laboratory 2013 – submissions so far

It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries. But most importantly, it presents a growing listing of some of the [...]

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Observations

‘Chimp Pope’ Launches Scientist-Artist Blogging Partnership

No matter what you think about the Catholic Church, the “Chimp Pope” image (at left) by figurative/narrative artist Nathaniel Gold probably holds your attention and gives you pause about the latest hullabaloo. You can see a color, glossy version of the chimp pope on page 34 of Gold’s book, The Chimpanzee Manifesto, (Jessian Press, 2009). [...]

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Observations

New at Scientific American : Introducing the blog network!

We have an exciting announcement to make this morning. Our new blog network has launched! To our existing lineup of eight blogs you are all familiar with, we have added another 39. There are now six editorial blogs, six personal blogs written by our editors and staff, and 42 independent bloggers who will write on [...]

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Observations

Woman science bloggers discuss pros and cons of online exposure

Blogging and other Web activities have allowed members of many marginalized communities to open previously locked media doors. But women still rely more on back channels and ask for less help than men do in the digital realm. This tendency and other issues of concern for women bloggers were discussed Sunday at the ScienceOnline2011 conference [...]

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Observations

The line between science and journalism is getting blurry….again

Human #1: "Hello, nice weather today, isn’t it?" Human #2: "Ummm…actually not. It’s a gray, cold, windy, rainy kind of day!" Many a joke depends on confusion about the meaning of language, as in the example above. But understanding the sources of such confusion is important in realms other than stand-up comedy, including in the [...]

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Symbiartic

12 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Science Artist Online

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After celebrating 7 years of blogging on The Flying Trilobite, I’m going to get all old guard and pompous and established and drop some wisdom about best practices for science artists online. Show off. Saying “I am too busy making art to spend time online” means you are too busy making art no one will [...]

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Symbiartic

What If All The Images Went Away

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Last week on Twitter and Facebook, I leveled criticisms at particular sites and railed against improper image use in science communication. Again. After arguing with (arguably) allies in science communication I was fed up. Fed up with the attitude that unattributed images are just a (small) sacrifice for the net good of science communication to [...]

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Symbiartic

Five Tips to Get You Started as a Science Artist

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Last month, my co-blogger Glendon Mellow wrote a great summary for scientists who are wondering how to go about hiring science illustrators. It was received with open arms in the research community (cool, they seem receptive) and made me think of the many, many inquiries I get each year from emerging science illustrators who want [...]

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Symbiartic

Talking Atheism, Science and Art at FtBCon

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Today at 2pm Central, I’m excited to be taking part in FtBConscience: Atheism with a conscience, a free online conference hosted by the Freethought Blog Network. Naturally, I’ll be talking about art, science and atheism. Here’s the official blurb: Atheism, science and art 2pm – 3 pm Central Artists within the secular, scientific and skeptical [...]

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Symbiartic

The Intelligent Use of Animations

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Or, in other words: Don’t do this. Do this: Remember websites in the early 90s with their scrolling banners, cheezy tiled backgrounds, and blinking and twirling text? No matter how swanky html5 or the next coding language is, I hope I never utter the phrase, “sure, why not?!” when it comes to use of special [...]

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Symbiartic

Inspiring New Realities – James Gurney Interview

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Last summer I had the pleasure of going the Association of Medical Illustrators meeting here in Toronto. Among the speakers and session moderators, including E.O.Wilson and Jennifer Fairman, was a name familiar to anyone who is fan of illustration – not just scientific illustration, but of the art of illustration in any form: James Gurney. [...]

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Symbiartic

Illustrate Your Science Blog Using An iPhone

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Okay so you’re blogging about science, putting your expertise out there, hoping to reel people in so they can see how cool everything you do really is. Show ‘em. Right. Typetypetypepublish. But it doesn’t look right. You’re looking at your favourite science blogs and they all have these cool images. Copyright scares you a little. [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: Night Growl

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A well done science comic is one of the most effective ways to convey science communication. The visual hook of a narrative with lively (or in this case, sleepy) characters peppered with the facts creates a flow that a wall of text can’t match. This comic by Maki Naro of Sci-ənce is a perfect example. [...]

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Symbiartic

Pinterest updates Terms of Service, drops the “sell”

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[First, you may want to read  The Promise & Perils of Pinterest by Glendon and Pinterest Terms of Service: Word by Terrifying Word by Kalliopi. There's also a Link Round-Up on The Flying Trilobite.] “But all sites are the same” Since Kalliopi and I wrote about our views of Pinterest’s Terms of Service, I’ve noticed a common misconception [...]

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How do you fill a dinosaur exhibit with feathers?

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  Q: How do you fill a dinosaur exhibit with feathers? A: Put out an open call to the blogosphere’s paleo artists. ART Evolved is a paleo-themed group art blog created by educators Craig Dylke and Peter Bond that I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in since its inception 4 years ago this month. [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Mind and Brain Blogrollin’

I have a blogroll! It’s visible in the sidebar from this blog’s main page, though not from the pages of individual posts. Also, it’s a rotating blogroll, which means instead of being overwhelmed with links, you’ll get 10 random links from my longer list. I’m including blogs that might be of interest to readers of [...]

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