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Biology as relevant to us earthly beings

Breathtaking time-lapse video makes me question Copernicus

The earth revolves around the sun. It's a true fact, and no conspiracy. Even with such enlightenment, it's nice to be reminded of why people once thought the opposite -- that the universe revolves around the earth -- to briefly knock us off our ivory tower of knowledge and be reminded of just how far we've come.

December 2, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Why scientists should read science fiction

Republished with scant edits from the previous iteration of Culturing Science on July 20, 2010. A great blog post about fiction inspiring science by Uta Frith reminded me of this old friend.

September 29, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Learning to understand non-genius autistic people

Picture of an autistic teenage girl. (I felt weird putting a picture of my lil bro on the internet without his knowledge.) When I unwrapped my New York Times on Sunday, I was met with a surprise: A front-page, above-the-fold story about a young adult with autism.

September 20, 2011 — Hannah Waters

On vaccines: scientists can't stop doing science because of crazy people

Last week, the US Institute of Medicine released a report on the adverse effects of vaccines. And their finding? That vaccinations cause negative reactions in very few people; that vaccines have no connection to autism or type 1 diabetes; overall, that vaccines are safe.

September 2, 2011 — Hannah Waters

It only takes one day: bringing scientists into the classroom

"I have an idea," my brother said to me last winter. Jacob is an elementary science teacher at a neighborhood charter school in Northeast Philadelphia and, at the time, I was working as a lab technician in the same city.

August 31, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Lazy Sunday Video: An epic tour of life's history

This is one of my favorite videos that I've seen on the whole of the internet. (Gasp!) Piecing together clips from dozens of science documentaries and specials overlaid with stunning music, the youtube user UppruniTegundanna starts out tracing the history of humans, integrating technological and artistic development.

August 21, 2011 — Hannah Waters

Urban ecology doesn't have enough humans in it

When you read the word "nature," what do you think of?Maybe you imagine a dark wood with sunlight reaching a mottled floor of foliage, thrushes singing and chipmunks hopping.

August 18, 2011 — Hannah Waters

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