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Beatrice on Board

Well, hello there! Welcome to my first Symbiartic post. My name is Katie, and I write and illustrate a blog called Beatrice the Biologist. The most common question I get is, "Why is it called Beatrice the Biologist if your name is Katie?" A couple reasons:1) Katie the Biologist has no ring to it.2) Beatrice is an awesome name.3) I wanted to write a children's book called Beatrice the Biologist, so when I started a blog, I recycled the name.4) I wanted to create a science communication mascot to represent the idea that we are all scientists.5) Because I love messing with people.  I come from a biology background with a small amount of art training.

February 19, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Bacteriophone: Microbial Wallpapers

I take a lot of photos of bacteria on my phone, and sometimes I use those pictures as my phone's wallpaper. These photos are meta-phone bacteria wallpapers: photographs of bacteria that I collected off the surface of my phone (h/t to Nick for the microbial inspiration).

February 19, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

Drug screens-any more than theater?

Under the influence? I’ve been doing a lot of traveling recently, and am increasingly disturbed by the growing surveillance society and the misplaced reassurances that are used to assuage the public, coined “security theater” by Bruce Schneier.

February 19, 2013 — Judy Stone

Bob Milne: Four Songs, One Mind.

Every musician's dream is to travel the world, be critically acclaimed, and be able to listen to four different pieces of music simultaneously. Alright, so maybe that last part is a bit more of a pipe dream than the first two.

February 19, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Talking About Science On A Fashion Blog: On Lingeries And Quantum Physics

This is a guest post by Annika Victoria, a science undergraduate student based in Australia who runs a popular fashion blog. -- Having an in-depth conversation about the intricacies of quantum physics with an astrophysicist-slash-lingerie blogger was not something I would have predicted to occur when I first started my fashion blog in late 2011.

STAFFFebruary 19, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

How to Instill False Memories

Everyone enjoys the occasional practical joke – assuming the gag isn't mean-spirited or overly perilous, even the prank's poor victim can appreciate the punch line!I'm sure you have your favorites: gluing dollars to sidewalks, filling your co-worker's office with balloons, moving your roommate's bed to the basement… while he’s sleeping in it.More typical stunts may employ whoopee cushions, fake vomit, and hand buzzers, but honestly, those are a tad sophomoric and overdone.

February 19, 2013 — Steven Ross Pomeroy

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