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July 28, 2011

My Life as a Science Promoter July 28, 2011

Today was a reading day. I spent a few hours reading, learned some cool science stuff, and found my info from these 3 sources (don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more cool science, @letubeu or @science_chicago):

  1. Articles from Twitter (twitter name)
  2. Google news search for “chicago science”
  3. My current book, “Finding Darwin’s God: a scientists search for common ground between God and Evolution” by Kenneth R. Miller

Below, you will find the most interesting articles or blog posts I came across today:

My Life as a Science Promoter

1. My favorite today: Researchers create the first artificial neural network out of DNA (@mnt_neurology) – For you non-scientists, basically these scientists took the ingredients for a brain, placed them into a concoction in a test tube and ran some tests. It’s sort of similar to placing the ingredients for brownies into a pan, placing into the oven, and running tests (eating) to make sure it worked. After enough trials the mixture tastes great. These scientists won’t be eating any brains, however, they are testing its memory. I love reading about new research that teeters on the edge of what used to be science-fiction.

2. If you’re thinking of going to grad school, Reason #1 why it should be in conservation: Goualougo Triangle Field Diaries – observing apes (@lincolnparkzoo). I would love to get paid to live in Africa for a few months and study apes.

3. Scientists identify the saddest movie ever. Scientists are trying to study how sadness affects behavior. So, first, they had to run tests to determine the saddest movie, and then show it to test subjects and analyze their behavior. I have not seen it, have you?

4. Going from an awesome job studying chimps in Africa to an awesome science job as a deep sea explorer. This blog post talks about new discoveries and life as a researcher in the Mesoamerican Reef off the Honduran Island of Roatan. Do you know what a siphonophore is? Don’t worry, neither do I. (@kzelnio & @echinoblog)

5. Hazards of Height: tall people may be more prone to cancer. (@oncofertility) Yikes! I’m kinda tall.

6. Thank you to Madam Curie for her work on radioactivity. From Finding Darwin,

The discovery of radioactivity forced all of Darwinism to undergo an unexpected test at the lab benches of the physical sciences. Literally everything was on the line, as radiometric dating made it possible to test every assumption in the timescale of evolution. What happened? Evolution passed, and it passed with flying colors.

And if you haven’t seen it, or want to see it again (b/c it’s awesome!), why I deserve to live in the Museum of Science & Industry for 30 days:

Thanks for reading. Let you be you!

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