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    Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia.  Find Dr. Bondar online at www.carinbondar.com, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist.

    Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos  at www.joannelovesscience.com, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience.

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  • New Walter Isaacson Book: The Innovators

    Walter Isaacson's The Innovators

    This week, the new Walter Isaacson book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution has been released. I am a fan of his writing, having enjoyed many of his books, and not surprisingly enthusiastically consumed Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007) and Steve Jobs (2011). A trend I [...]

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    NASA’s Orion is Taking a Journey to Mars

    NASA's Orion Spacecraft

    NASA is making plans to send humans to Mars. To do that, they need a very special spacecraft that can handle the harsh conditions of the trip and protect everything on board. This craft is Orion. A flight test of Orion WITHOUT humans is planned for early December 2014. NASA released a video today describing [...]

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    The Practical Blue LED

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    As you may have heard, the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 is awarded to a trio of Japanese scientists. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” There are, of course, [...]

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    Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across North America Wednesday Morning

    Lunar eclipse image courtesy of NASA

    Here in North America, we are in the midst of a tetrad of lunar eclipses, the second one visible Wednesday morning. A tetrad of lunar eclipses means that there are four total lunar eclipses in a row. This NASA video explains it well: The second of the four will be a colorful lunar eclipse on [...]

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    Science Film Festivals Across the Pond Abundant in October

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    If you are in Paris, Bristol or Vienna over the next month, you might consider adding a science film festival to your agenda! First, Pariscience International Film Festival will be held from 2nd  to 7th October at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. This is a yearly event that features films from all [...]

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    MAVEN Maneuvers into Orbit Tonight

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    Last summer, I attended a new media professionals workshop at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Colorado to learn more about the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission which launched last November. This orbiter is specially equipped to discover “What happened to the atmosphere of Mars?” The answers can begin to [...]

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    Under the Deep Sea (A Little Mermaid Parody)

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    Those of you following this blog know that I love me a great science music video parody. This awesome one from College Humor does not disappoint! Marine biologists will celebrate this awesome video about the deep sea. Enjoy!

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    Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!

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    Who doesn’t love the first, the original “Symphony of Science” tune, “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking”? This song was posted five years ago today! How time flies! You can catch up on the full line of Symphony of Science tunes at the Melody Sheep YouTube channel. In honor of the anniversary, [...]

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    Stalking Squirrels for Science

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    How do squirrels react to being stalked by humans? The answer might surprise you. Have a look at this fun video that addresses this exact issue, with the ultimate purpose of raising some funds for a great cause. Bethany Brookshire (aka @scicurious) of Science News has teamed up with Scott Lewis of Know the Cosmos [...]

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    Google Hangout on Air with Sally Ride’s Biographer, Lynn Sherr

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    When Sally Ride first took to space on June 18, 1983, I was working in Japan and missed the inevitable media coverage surrounding her historic flight. I was aware, of course, but didn’t see the launch and even if I had watched the Japanese news, I’m sure it was not given the airtime that it [...]

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