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    Carin Bondar 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. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.
  • 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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    Quick! What is The Word For A Pair of Opposites?


    Welcome to a brand new video series from Scientific American Mind. ‘Brain Basics’ is a series of short films on the human brain, how we think, feel and act. See the original post by Ingrid Wicklegrin here. The first video in the series is about being able to recall a word that’s sitting ‘at the [...]

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    My TED Talk is Live! The Birds and the Bees are Just the Beginning…

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    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 received. We’ve had over 14 million [...]

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    How The Elements Got Their Names

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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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    How Do Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Work?

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    After doing a lot of plane travel with the annoying drone of the engines, Joanne Manaster found herself in need of some noise cancelling headphones. According to her post on PsiVid: “Although I understand the physics (and accompanying math–specifically trigonometry) of how the earphones work, I was uncertain if the technology was sophisticated enough to [...]

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    Equatorial Glaciers and an Amazing Journey: Snows of the Nile


    Neil Losin and Nathan Dappen are pretty amazing people. Both PhD scientists, both accomplished film-makers and photographers, both ‘outside of the box’ thinkers. I’ve previously showcased their successful Kickstarter campaign for their book The Symbol, on wall lizards of the Pityusic Archipelago in Spain. Their most recent project ‘Snows of the Nile’ came about from [...]

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    Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems


    The following is an excerpt from Patrick Mustain’s post on the Food Matters blog: We like big fish. And that’s a problem, according to Andy Sharpless, CEO of the ocean conservation organization Oceana, and co-author (along with Suzannah Evans) of the book The Perfect Protein. The book describes how regulations from a small group of [...]

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    The Upside of Social Media Narcissism

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    Vanessa Hill’s new ‘BrainCraft’ channel on YouTube focuses on psychology and human behaviour, highlighting her background in science education and social media. These videos tell entertaining and educational stories with paper craft and time-manipulated sketching. In her own words: I find the brain and our behaviour so fascinating. I love to share interesting facts and [...]

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    The Science Parodies Continue: What is the Value of Pi?

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    A fun little ditty set to the tune of the famous ‘What does the fox say?’…I only wish my high school math teacher was this cool… See the original post in Jennifer Ouellette’s ‘Physics Week in Review‘ over at Cocktail Party Physics.

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    Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

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    Those of you familiar with my blog here at SciAm will know that I’m a little obsessed with science-themed music videos. When I saw the ‘Wrecking Ball’ masterpiece of Ms. Miley I simply couldn’t resist making one of my own. On a serious note, I’m hoping that this video will provide a light-hearted way for [...]

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