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I’ve been enjoying NOVA’s online series ‘The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers’. These short videos depict some lesser known aspects of the lives of cutting-edge scientists, their hobbies, passions and pastimes outside of the lab. Several of my friends have been profiled on the series, including Mireya Mayor, Hugh Herr and Crystal Dilworth. The videos are humbling and inspirational because they show scientists as ‘normal’ people with passions and personalities and quirky pastimes.

I particularly enjoyed the latest video featuring Crystal Dilworth, entitled simply: ‘Because Science’.

You can check out the entire series here.

Carin Bondar About the Author: 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. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Lynney 12:04 am 04/27/2014

    I have a Google alert set up for “British Columbia ecology.” For some reason, Carin’s column keeps showing up there. In my opinion, the column is there to promote books and whatnot, and is hardly “news”–just a shallow, short opinion paragraph or two that has not once been truly newsworthy. I would urge Scientific American to only to submit real news to Google’s news site rather than Carin’s column that offers practically nothing much more to the reader than a tweet.

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  2. 2. MacG22014 12:13 pm 05/1/2014

    Fantasctical assertion: “You wake up because, science”

    Science does not wake people up but rather awake people make science.

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