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The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now? - Just Science

The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now? - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
A new study adds to the growing evidence showing the microbiome impacts virtually all aspects of human life.
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Academia as an Unwieldy Vortex - Just Science

Academia as an Unwieldy Vortex - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
18 months after leaving academia, I find myself thrown back into the ivory jungle and loving the world of possibilities.
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My Journey into Science: Participation to Passion - Just Science

My Journey into Science: Participation to Passion - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I’ve always loved science. I even love the word. Those aptitude tests we all take in school also knew I loved the natural sciences. In high school, Biology came easy for me, and I took it all in (thank you,...
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Jumping on the Carl Sagan Bandwagon (And Following the Laws of Physics) - Just Science

Jumping on the Carl Sagan Bandwagon (And Following the Laws of Physics) - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Embarrassingly, I have to admit something. Despite my overwhelming love of science and passion for teaching science to others, I grew up not knowing whom Carl Sagan was. Back story: I grew up in East Tennessee, the son of a...
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New website for science analogies: Life, Inc. – Just Science

New website for science analogies: Life, Inc. – Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I’m very excited to announce a new website I have set up to develop storytelling for science analogies. The website is Life, Inc. I hope this website will be a great resource for the science communication and STEM teacher communities as it goes forward... #biology #cell(biology) #education
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Let's Talk About X: Why We Need to Talk About Failure - Just Science

Let's Talk About X: Why We Need to Talk About Failure - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
One of my most-viewed posts was titled “Hooray for Failure!“. Why have people read this post? Why is failure something people find compelling? Failure is often considered some negative result that is to be demeaning and a source of shame. Within the scientific community, failure is not only inevitable, it is necessary. By the time…Read more →
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Purple and Nine: Helping Encourage Teen Girls Into STEM Fields

Purple and Nine: Helping Encourage Teen Girls Into STEM Fields | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I will let the creators tell you their story. If you would like to contribute, please click here. What am I doing here? Welcome to Indiegogo, if this is your first time. We are raising money to get...
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The Current State of Abstracts 2.0

The Current State of Abstracts 2.0 | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
It has been almost two weeks since the launch of Abstracts 2.0. I thought I would give a short status report on how things are going over there. The site launched with a lot of excitement going thr...
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Abstract 2.0 Is On: Help Wanted

Abstract 2.0 Is On: Help Wanted | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I have sat on this long enough. It's not like a have anything else going on right now (except the birth of a son in a  month, syllabus to write, classes to prepare, evaluations to do, data to journ...
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A STEM Book Explaining Bacteria to Kids: Begging Without the Cardboard Sign

A STEM Book Explaining Bacteria to Kids: Begging Without the Cardboard Sign | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I was recently approached about developing a children's book to educate about bacteria in hopes of clarifying misconceptions many have about 'nasty germs'. I must say how amazed and honored by the ...
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Telling the Scientific Method Story

Telling the Scientific Method Story | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
The science gap is huge. One of the biggest misconceptions hindering the advancement of scientific literacy in society is also one of the most crucial - the scientific method. And no wonder. Most p...
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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 10, 11:08 AM

Indeed, there is no actual way of getting around hard facts, other than to deny them completely and rationalize it accordingly.  This is just a psychological maneuver, rather than anything that does anything to change the nature of our universe.  And it's shocking to me that so many people (including myself) can be guilty of this kind of ignorance.  The only difference between myself and, for example, a Young Earth Creatisionist, is that I acknowledge my potential to do this and, therefore, work to humble myself before the vast extension of knowledge and awareness that I cannot ever have.  They think they got all the answers, all lined up neat in a row.

 

And that's the difference.

 

Think about it.

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Animated GIF: Caterpillar beginning the transformation into chrysalis

No Fluff, Just Science. (by Matt Russell)
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Storytelling in science: Metabolic pathways as circus rings

Storytelling in science: Metabolic pathways as circus rings | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
My family and I recently went to a circus. It had one ring, and that was manageable. We have also been to a traditional three ring circus in the past. Personally, I felt there was too much going on...
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Graduate School Does Not Prepare Students to Teach Effectively - Just Science

Graduate School Does Not Prepare Students to Teach Effectively - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Graduate School is Great Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed most of my experience while in graduate school working towards my Ph.D. I was paid to fuel my personal curiosities about how bacteria make choices. It was a win-win in...
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Using HIV to Cure Leukemia: Mixed Emotions About the Claims - Just Science

Using HIV to Cure Leukemia: Mixed Emotions About the Claims - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Claims of injecting HIV to cure leukemia have been circulating about. Again, we should always dig a bit deeper. Leukemia is a horrible cancer. Let's not give false hype.
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Earth: This is Our One Shot, Don't Blow It - Just Science

Earth: This is Our One Shot, Don't Blow It - Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Tomorrow morning, early tomorrow morning, my wife and I are heading to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. I’m going to meet my son. Over the next 20 years or so, my duty as a father is to mould and...
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The Nucleus 'Boardroom' - Cell, Inc.

The Nucleus 'Boardroom' - Cell, Inc. | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
  We can all imagine the headquarters boardroom of some giant corporation; the large mahogany table and leather-back chairs. However, some of the most important by-laws and documents are forged in the boardroom like a vision or a way to...
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How Do We Increase Appreciation for the 'Middle' Sciences? - Just Science

Sadly, ppl are only completely fascinated by two types of science: the extremely big and the extremely small. Extremely middle? #scicomm — Matthew Russell (@mattrussell_PhD) March 12, 2014 I had a Twitter conversation with someone based upon my above tweet. I felt this a great opportunity to explain my thoughts behind the statement. The sciences…Read more →
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Mother Nature's Chuckle: The Language of the Universe is not English

Mother Nature's Chuckle: The Language of the Universe is not English | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
  There it is. Our home. To us it seems like such a huge place where we will never meet all our neighbors. A place where we live our daily lives consumed with news and opinions from all direct...
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Abstracts 2.0

Abstracts 2.0 | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Efficient ethanol production from brown macroalgae sugars by a synthetic yeast platform
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Just Science

Just Science | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
No Fluff, Just Science.
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The Science Bubble

The Science Bubble | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
The following link is profound. The current issue of EdgeScience takes a brilliant look at how the current era in science is more about rushing technology to market to benefit society than the unde...
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Bacterial Chemotaxis and Human Memory: Pete and Repeat

Bacterial Chemotaxis and Human Memory: Pete and Repeat | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Many do not place 'bacteria' and 'memory' in the same sentence. Normal human perception does not connect the two concepts. However, Mother Nature seems to have a more profound perception. The past ...
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Science: Solving Mysteries One Clue at a Time

Science: Solving Mysteries One Clue at a Time | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
This past Tuesday, something mysterious and amazing happened. My wife noticed a strange deposit into our bank account; a large deposit: $1,400. She asked when I was supposed to be paid for somethin...
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Dedicated to my 'Good Samaritan'. Thank you...

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STORYTELLING IN SCIENCE: THE CELL AS YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT PART III

STORYTELLING IN SCIENCE: THE CELL AS YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT PART III | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Perhaps a running list of metaphors so far: Restaurant: bacterial cell Building: cell membrane Doors: channels and transporters Patrons: metabolites/compounds/substrates and products Employees: pro...
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