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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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  • A Paper Puppet Homage to Microbes

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    The amazing power duo of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck (Sweet Fern Productions) has come out with a new animated short on the discovery of microbes. I’ve written about their stunning use of paper art and puppetry before, and their current short film does not disappoint. According to their website: This video is the debut [...]

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    Close, Peaceful Whale Encounters Captured on Video

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    I came across these incredible videos by John J. King II (AleutianDream on YouTube) and I just had to share them. These snorkelers are in such close and peaceful contact with wild humpbacks and sperm whales in waters near the Dominican Republic, and Dominica respectively. I asked King about his experiences, and he had this [...]

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    Amazing Brain Images Take Over Times Square


    If you are in NYC in the month of November and your late night socializing takes you to Times Square, be certain to time it so you can see, from 11:57pm to midnight (EST, of course), a short film by Noah Hutton, a film director who studied both neuroscience and art history, called Brain City, [...]

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    Winton Science Book Shortlist Authors Read Passages


    The Royal Society in London has selected its winner of the Winton Prize for Science Books. The purpose of the prize falls right in line with the goals for Read Science! Google Hangouts; to encourage the promotion of great popular science writing! For 2014, the prize goes to Mark Miodownk for his book Stuff Matters. [...]

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    A Stunning and Groundbreaking Human Heart Simulation

    At the cutting edge of research in the life sciences, a team of scientists and animators from Japan has created an astonishing new film about the function of the human heart. The team uses supercomputers to analyze and simulate biological functions in multilayer systems. The SCLS (Supercomputational Life Science) team conducts work in ‘computational life [...]

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    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye Audiobook Sample


    Bill Nye’s new book, available as of November 4th, is written directly to answer the questions posed by creationists, and is a follow-up to the Nye/Ham debate from February 2014. Undeniable is written in a very friendly and engaging style with brief chapters in response to those questions. No matter your stance on whether Bill [...]

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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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