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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, 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, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience.

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  • “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” is 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner!

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    I am always thrilled when a science themed book wins the General Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize. Some of my favorites from previous years include the following: 2011 Siddhartha Mukherjee “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” 1998 Jared Diamond “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” 1995 Jonathan Weiner “The Beak Of [...]

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    Sloth Squeak!

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    Lucy Cooke, the mastermind behind Slothville, a recognized National Geographic Explorer and award winning videographer and TV producer, has a new book, The Power of Sloth, coming out in the UK today. To celebrate, she made a quick video compilation of sloths squeaking. My heart has broken from the cuteness! In case you missed Lucy [...]

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    Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne

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    I’m really loving the new ‘Reactions‘ series from the American Chemical Society. Those of us involved in the world of science communication are well aware that effective science-storytelling involves a lot of creativity and style. Some subjects lend themselves toward visual storytelling much more than others. For example, it’s fairly easy to come up with [...]

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    Neil Shubin’s “Your Inner Fish” Comes to TV

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    Nothing makes me happier than reading a really good science book. After that, I am fairly pleased when some of my favorites are adapted for TV to reach those less likely to pick up one of those gems. Some recent examples of book adaptations include: Cosmos by Carl Sagan (rebooted by Neil Degrasse Tyson), The [...]

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    The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience

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    There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my favorite, prairie dogs! Gavin Heffernan, who specializes in timelapse photography of the night sky experimented with adding colored lights to his [...]

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    The Secret Life of Bill Nye According to NOVA

    I’ve had my head in the middle of a great deal of preparing coursework for my students and somehow managed to miss this series of videos in the NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers–all about Bill Nye! So, in case you missed these, too, here are the videos about Bill Nye all in one [...]

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    My TED Talk is Live: Beyond the Birds and the Bees with Dr. Carin Bondar


    What a proud day for me. I was invited to speak at TED Global in Edinburgh last June based on a web series that I wrote and starred in called ‘Wild Sex’. The series took a bold and unapologetic approach to the topic of the evolutionary biology of sex, and our vision was very well [...]

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    SciComm Power Couple Hanging out with SciAm and Read Science!


    I am very excited to announce the next SciAm/Read Science! collaboration. My cohost, Jeff, and I will feature two guests who are well known independently for their work in science communication, but together make a formidable power couple (of sorts)! Naturally, I’m talking about SciAm’s own Jennifer Ouellette and Caltech physicist Sean M. Carroll. Jennifer [...]

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    Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

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    Tonight’s TV line-up has science enthusiasts quite excited. Of course I’m talking about Cosmos as presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, produced by Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) and written by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow and co-creator of the original series. There has been a lot of talk about whether this program will get [...]

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    How The Elements Got Their Names: The Latest by the Amazing Joe Hanson

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    I’ve been a fan of Joe Hanson‘s YouTube channel for a long time. It’s Okay to Be Smart covers science topics in fun, interesting, and quirky ways – and the latest video is no exception. It’s a Seussian-themed romp through the periodic table, showing us how each element came to be named. I’m always humbled [...]

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