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Tommy Leung has been at 15 events

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STEM Women on G+112,462We've reached over 100,000 members on STEM Women! To celebrate, we'll discuss how we manage STEM Women, including some of our favourite posts and videos, as well as some of the best comments from you, our followers! We'll talk about what it's like to be women moderators of online science communities. We'll share some tips for other women who want to use social media to communicate their passion for science, and what makes Google+ a special place to share science.This HOA will be hosted by our moderation team: Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe, Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos and Professor +Rajini Rao. You can tune in on Sunday 7th Sep at 2.30 PM Pacific or 10.30 PM UK/ Monday 8th 7.30 AM AUS.The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel after the event: http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen#stemwomen #hangoutsonair #hoa100K Celebration: Behind the Scenes of STEM Women2014-09-07 23:30:0020 
Science on Google+448,505Join us for a +Science on Google+  Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Vincent Racaniello and Dr +Tara C. Smith about the recent Ebola outbreak. We will discuss the basics of Ebola, why the epidemic has spread, how it might be curtailed, and debunk some of the myths surrounding this outbreak. Please leave your questions on the Event page.Vincent is a professor of virology at the University of Columbia and is a fantastic science communicator. Tara is an epidemiologist at Kent State University who has written numerous articles debunking some of the myths surrounding Ebola. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos. You can tune in on Sunday August 10th at 2.30 PM Pacific, 5.30 PM Eastern. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.Explaining Ebola2014-08-10 23:30:0084 
STEM Women on G+112,462Dr +Inger Mewburn is the Director of Research Training at the Australian National University (http://goo.gl/sx3ZeE). Her background was in architecture, but she's specialised in education research since 2006. We will discuss Inger's research on the gender experiences of PhD students as they negotiate their relationships with their supervisors and administration. She will also discuss her popular blog, The Thesis Whisperer, which provides practical advice for students across STEM fields (http://thesiswhisperer.com/). Inger will share insights for women research students and also tell us about her career, and provide tips for navigating a successful path in academia.Join us on Sunday 6th July at 2.30 PM Pacific/ 10.30PM UK/ Monday 7th of July 7.30AM Australia EST. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos . The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Post your questions and comments on our #stemwomen  Event page!Finding Solutions with Dr Inger Mewburn "The Thesis Whisperer"2014-07-06 23:30:0020 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to  +Erin Kane on her career as a primatologist. Erin is a graduate student in physical anthropology who recently returned to Ohio after an extended field trip. She will talk to us about her recent experiences in the field working with Diana monkeys, her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos   and you can tune in on Sunday May 25th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Erin Kane2014-05-25 23:30:0051 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to +Annika O'Brien  on her career as a roboticist. Annika is an engineer who works on robotics and also a passionate STEM educator, teaching kids how to program and build robots through +STEAMtrax. She will talk to us about her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos   and you can tune in on Sunday April 27th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Annika O'Brien2014-04-27 23:30:0058 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to +Annika O'Brien on her career as a roboticist. Annika is an engineer who works on robotics and also a passionate STEM educator, teaching kids how to program and build robots through +STEAMtrax. She will talk to us about her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  and you can tune in on Sunday April 13th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Annika O'Brien2014-04-13 23:30:0055 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA panel discussion as we speak to Professor +Rajini Rao, Dr +Tommy Leung and Dr +Michael Habib about the impact of everyday sexism in academia.  We will discuss the sometimes subtle role that gender plays in academia, and discuss situations that might not be obviously sexist, but can in fact be damaging to female academics.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  and you can tune in on Sunday March 30th at 1 PM Pacific/ 9 PM BST (UK). The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Everyday Sexism: A STEM Women Conversation2014-03-30 22:00:0048 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to +Clarissa Silva on her career as a behavioral scientist. Clarissa is a clinician with sixteen years of experience in public health. Clarissa has worked at the Harvard University Global Health Institute and the Columbia University Medical Center. She will talk to us about her career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos and you can tune in on Sunday March 16th at 1.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In the Spotlight, with Clarissa Silva2014-03-16 21:30:0066 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0096 
STEM Women on G+112,462Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to +Jonathan Eisen on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Jonathan is a Professor at UC Davis and also the Academic Editor-in-Chief for PLOS Biology (http://www.plosbiology.org/). He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM. This is an important issue that affects both men and women.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos, and you can tune in on Sunday February 16th at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen2014-02-16 21:30:0062 
Science on Google+448,505Happy Hour is a new hangout (not Hangout On Air), which is hosted by the Science on Google+ Community (http://goo.gl/uhJCN). The monthly hangout will start at 10:00 PM (EDT) on the last Wednesday of each month. Grab a coffee, beer, wine, or cocktail and join us as we discuss recent science findings, our favorite science communities and pages on Google+, and ways to improve the Science on Google+ community. This hangout is open to all of the friendly people in the Science on Google+ community. RSVP “yes” if you want an invite for the next Science on Google+ Happy Hour.Science on Google+ Happy Hour2013-10-31 03:00:0067 
ScienceSunday81,608Join hosts +Buddhini Samarasinghe and +Scott Lewis  for another “SciSunHOA”, a live Google+ Hangout On Air broadcast, brought to you by +ScienceSunday. This episode, Professor +Vincent Racaniello joins Buddhini and Scott to discuss his work in virology. Vincent is a professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University. His research includes the study of poliovirus (Polio), rhinovirus (Common Cold), and other RNA viruses. His work focuses on how our immune systems interact with these viruses, how they cause disease, while also discovering new viruses in wild animals.Outside of the lab, Vincent is involved in many science outreach efforts, including hosting the excellent podcast series This Week in Virology (TWiV). You can read more on his website here (http://www.virology.ws/) We’re all very excited for this episode of “SciSunHOA” as Vincent is not only a brilliant scientist, but also an outstanding science communicator!Questions for Vincent, Buddhini and Scott can be left here in the event page, as well as during the live show through the shares of the HOA, including on Twitter using the hash tag: #SciSunHOA  Going Viral: #SciSun Hangout on Air featuring Vincent Racaniello2013-04-29 00:00:0059 
NASA1,693,763Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station---------Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth.During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions.SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONSTo ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event.WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUTTo join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA.During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008352 
Billy Wilson1,543,614Another Episode of my weekly G+ variety show +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) ! The show is one of the largest & longest running on G+ and brings together a variety of the most interesting people on G+ for a hangout! This week is a Science Special in honour of DeSTEMber that Google has been doing this month and we'll be joined by Molecular Biologist +Buddhini Samarasinghe; Psychology Professor +Dave Brodbeck; Astronomer & Researcher +Scott Lewis; Scientist & Engineer +Chad Haney; +Erika staTHORski; and Special Musical Guest +Meri Amber ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". +Tibby loves to share screenshots of himself posted to the event! You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHThe video is embedded above! TSBW Variety Show #39: Science Special with Live Music from Meri Amber ! (On Air Hangout)2012-12-29 04:00:00104 
Fraser Cain910,157To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout. In conjunction with +CosmoQuest. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, +Pamela L. Gay, +Philip Plait and +Miles O'Brien for this special event.Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the +The Planetary Society and the +SETI Institute.+Scott Lewis and +Amy Shira Teitel will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment.We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout  (this will replace our regular Sunday night +Virtual Star Party)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004876 

Tommy Leung has been shared in 122 public circles

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Becky Collins16,609Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-16 05:24:00459102
Becky Collins15,192Recipes and Cooking Circle : Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-18 05:14:394770210
Circles Circles Circles37,983SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/o82s0mPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/IkCTLPPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/nFCsGwMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/tID4ZmPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/E6v81LOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8lh#science       #scienceeveryday       #sciencecircle       #circlesharing  2014-07-17 04:08:1710691432
Circles Circles Circles35,732SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/RPEbdlPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/fmOadpPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Oyg8RBMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/9NT51gPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/5mT3s0Others CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/AV4WvdTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/YANzuo#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-06-19 02:05:331065924
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
Circles Circles Circles33,758SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/WbY7NSPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/XPSnHVPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/itFj7ZMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/uBBxgdPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/f1wz2IOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/MOGsxGTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-05-28 20:17:02102101219
Circles Circles Circles32,435SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/Hev5GIPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS: http://goo.gl/Nqll1yPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/olCV0EMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/l58RRiPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/oIXG1ROthers Circles:SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/voKgBxTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science   #scienceeveryday   #sciencecircle   #circlesharing  2014-05-16 02:10:07103141426
Becky Collins5,164 Social Sciences Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-03-18 12:35:31305008
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724
Core Marketing4091. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle    #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles       2013-12-28 07:48:32495859
Core Marketing2921. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle    #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles       2013-12-27 07:10:04496245
David Leonhardt3,391This is basically the Megamix 19 of +Tancredi Matranga .   To grow your contacts on G+,:1. Plus the post2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle.4. Share the saved circle (but make sure to tick "include yourself" when sharing).#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle     #circleshare   #thursday   #thursdaycircle   #circlethursday  2013-12-19 16:54:54498101215
Tancredi Matranga11,444WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 19Have a great Thursday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 19th #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle     #circleshare   #thursday   #thursdaycircle   #circlethursday  2013-12-19 10:54:49498876295
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214
Till von Bracht647Biologist? Share this circle! #sharedcircle , #circleshare, #circles, 2013-08-28 11:02:23102001
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000
Science on Google+70,967Natural SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Astronomy, Biology, ​Chemistry, Ecology, ​​​​​Geography, Geology, and Neuroscience.Science on Google+ community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXView underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles   #sharedcircles 2013-08-17 20:56:0734392450
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415255987
Paul Christen113If you want to be TOTALLY freaked out, follow this science circle. Its not mine, it was shared by (I think) +Fraser Cain .Man, a  day does not go by that I'm not amazed by the advances in science and technology.2013-06-11 13:54:194095310
Science on Google+62,910Smokin' Science CircleWe took 500 active profiles from the  +Science on Google+: A Public Database and put them into this circle.  Be careful, this circle is smokin' hot! #scienceeveryday    Don't forget to check out the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXDatabaseSearch Communities: http://goo.gl/RvyezSearch Pages: http://goo.gl/WCohTSearch Profiles: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRAdd Profile or Page to Database: http://goo.gl/yEg7MAdd Community to Database: http://goo.gl/zh0xJ2013-06-06 00:17:11500387674
Mohammad Rahimi4,377Circle of EngagersA circle of active and wonderful people on Google plus who have been very engaging friends since i have followed them. You may want  to add this circle and enjoy  the G+Those who get notification are included, if you like to be added to this circle or removed, please let me know. #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircle   #topgoogleplussers   #bestgoogleplussers   #topengagingpeople   #engagingcircle   #circlessharing   #circles  2013-06-02 11:25:21167526
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348088
Fraser Cain770,050Super Science Circle - April 2013 EditionIt's time for another sharing of my Super Science Circle. This is a collection of 400+ active people on Google+ who often post about science. If anyone tells you G+ is a ghost town (not that anyone does any more), get them to import this circle. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!I have personally reviewed each and every person on this list, to make sure that they:1. Are active and engaged on Google+2. Regularly post science-related stories on Google+In this list you'll find scientists, journalists, researchers, professors, astronauts and general science enthusiasts. Not everyone in this list is going to be to your personal liking. So what you'll want to do is import the list into a temporary circle. Then move people over one by one into more permanent locations in your circles.I'm always looking for more people to add to the list, so if you know people who meet my criteria, feel free to nominate them.Again, please share the circle. Every little bit helps2013-04-26 21:02:03419226277
Linda Dee94,347✲´*.❄¨¯`*✲ ██▀▀▀▀▌╔╗╔╗╔╗╦╔╦░╔═╔╗██▀▀▀▀✲´*.❄¨¯`✲ ▀▀▀██░░╠╝╠╣║╝║╝║░╠═║╝▀▀▀██░░░░░✲´.❄¨¯`✲ ▐▀▀▀▀░░╩░╝╚╝║╝║╚╝╚═╝║▐▀▀▀▀░░ ✲´.❄¨¯`✲✲´.❄¨¯`*✲G+Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of Humor, interesting satire, Gaming,  Tech, Commoogling Politics,Relationships,Spirituality, Sports, Music, Pets, Gardening, Cuisine, Health, Diet & Exercise, Medicine, Celebrity and Current Events. It is cordial, albeit with a sparkle of sensual geniality... PREPARE TO LAUGH, LEARN & ENGAGE WITH G+ Sparklers!2013-04-24 21:07:19359542338
Alessandro Folghera7321. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you!#circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  Social Media Marketing Shared Circle ... share and increase your popularity !2013-04-16 08:01:53422229
Mike Barnes590Science and Techno Geeks Shared Circle1. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you! #circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  For more Social Media and Search Engine Marketing Tips visit http//SEO-Alien.com2013-04-09 20:08:43412417
Linda Dee90,078██▀▀▀▀▌╔╗╔╗╔╗╦╔╦░╔═╔╗██▀▀▀▀✲´*.❄¨¯`✲ ▀▀▀██░░╠╝╠╣║╝║╝║░╠═║╝▀▀▀██░░░░░✲´.❄¨¯`✲ ▐▀▀▀▀░░╩░╝╚╝║╝║╚╝╚═╝║▐▀▀▀▀░░ ✲´.❄¨¯`*✲✲´*.❄¨¯`*✲Hangout Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of Humor, Tech, Politics, Relationships, Spirituality, Sports, Music, Pets, Gardening, Cuisine, Health, Diet & Exercise, Medicine, Celebrity and Current Events. These are some of the Best! +martin shervington +Patrik Järvelöv +swift beats +Johnathan Maddox +George Sepich +Baber Afzal +Euro Maestro +Paul Platt +Sibyll Hampton +Sam Asadi +Brad Thompson +Anna Israelyan +Moritz Tolxdorff +Laurie DesAutels +Laura Sanna +John Miller +Bobbie Today +2013-04-04 23:31:033811192764
Chris Mallory18,430A circleThat is all...No further insight need be given. No matter how detailed the description, I'm sure certain nobody will add the whole circle anyway ;) Plus, it has an aura of mystery about it when I present it this way... what ever could these people have in common? O the mystery!2013-04-02 04:52:581167114
Linda Dee89,014✲´*.❄¨¯`*✲ ██▀▀▀▀▌╔╗╔╗╔╗╦╔╦░╔═╔╗██▀▀▀▀✲´*.❄¨¯`✲ ▀▀▀██░░╠╝╠╣║╝║╝║░╠═║╝▀▀▀██░░░░░✲´.❄¨¯`✲ ▐▀▀▀▀░░╩░╝╚╝║╝║╚╝╚═╝║▐▀▀▀▀░░ ✲´.❄¨¯`✲✲´.❄¨¯`*✲Hangout Luminaries ☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆♥☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥•♪*。°•☆☆*。°•♪*。°•☆*。◦♥This Circle contains people from every corner of the world who possess a reciprocal partiality for one another to facilitate an engagement in a melange of communique for a special repartee of Humor, interesting satire, Gaming,  Tech,Commoogling Politics,Relationships,Spirituality, Sports, Music, Pets, Gardening, Cuisine, Health, Diet &Exercise, Medicine, Celebrity and Current Events. It is cordial, albeit with a sparkle of sensual geniality... PREPARE TO LAUGH, LEARN & ENGAGE WITH G+ Sparklers!2013-03-28 19:32:50374452227
Fraser Cain759,117The Return of the Super Science CircleOkay, I'll admit, I made a mistake in retiring the Super Science Circle. I wasn't wrong; Communities are still the future and the best way to make friends here on Google+. But I realized that the Super Science Circle is simple and efficient way to get new people to see that Google+ isn't a ghost town.PLEASE SHARE THIS POST... FOR SCIENCE!When I was attending +ScienceOnline 2013, I must have helped dozens of people join Google+, and the first thing I had them do was import this circle. It's an invaluable tool for getting new people up to speed.So, I just did a complete refresh on the circle. I examined every single member and judged them according to my two-part criteria:1. Active in the last 30 days or so.2. Regularly post on scientific topics.If you know anyone who might make a good candidate for this circle, please let me know.As always, import this circle into a new, temporary circle, and then you can refresh it when I share a new version.DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS POST2013-03-19 22:39:3139967163160
Katherine Vucicevic222A great shared circle. Get your daily dose of science here! Great posts.If you want to join this circle,Add me,Add this circleShare this circle and include yourself in the share.Easy. #science #scienceeveryday #sciencefiction #scienceisawesome  2013-03-15 01:28:13242905
Science on Google+27,055Biology CircleView profiles in circle: http://goo.gl/xuMxTLinks to shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2013-01-29 00:40:4116111220

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2014-05-25 00:35:10 (65 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I'm really not much in the mood to seek out happy awesome stories today. But instead of a 2000 word screed filled with rage and sadness, I'm going to at least highlight the folks out there trying to make the world better. Especially considering they will likely receive a crap-ton of hate and vileness directed at them by the people they're calling out. 

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Elliot Rodger and Men Who Hate Women: http://bellejar.ca/2014/05/24/elliot-rodger-and-men-who-hate-women/

“Alpha Male” Elliot Rodgers’ Retribution: http://skepchick.org/2014/05/alpha-male-elliot-rodgers-retribution/

We need to talk about systemic male violence not the “work of a madman”: http://elegantgatheringofwhitesnows.com/?p=1614

UCSB Killer Elliot Rodger: "If I Can't Have You , Girls, I Will Destroy You.":http://wif... more »

Most reshares: 43

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2014-10-15 23:33:31 (6 comments, 43 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

The Dark Knight Goes Viral
For some reason, many of the scariest virus on this planet - the Ebola virus, rabies, Marburg virus, and SARS coronavirus - seem to find a refuge in bats, of all things. Somehow, these little mammals seem to act as a flying reservoir for all kinds of nasties, but why?
Bats are an extremely diverse order of mammal; there are over 1200 known living species and they account for 20% of all known mammals. So is it simply because there are more bats around, then naturally there would be more viruses found in them?
Well, apart from their sheer diversity and being the only mammal capable of powered flight, there's a bit more to bat than that - it seems that bats also have a high prevalence of genes that encode for proteins which detect and repair DNA - and these genes happen to be the target for many viruses.
So with such an active DNA surveillance system in... more »

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2014-06-01 20:59:41 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Dumb Ways To Lie
For anyone who wants an update and summary on the current state of Australia and our federal politics...

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2014-10-22 00:51:17 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Chris Kluwe sums up much of what needs to be said about  #GamerGate  in this piece.

Chris Kluwe sums up much of what needs to be said about  #GamerGate  in this piece.___

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2014-10-20 02:32:18 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Water Divining And CSIRO
CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is Australia's national science agency. It has a long history of scientific research and innovations. Recently, it has been appointed with a new head - Larry Marshall - who has been working as a venture capitalist in the United States for the last 25 years.
He also happens to believe that dowsing or water diving (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowsing) is worth researching - with scientists' time and taxpayers' dollars. He claims that:
"I've seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I've no idea how they do it,"
and
"I've always wondered whether there's something in the electromagentic field, or gravitation anomaly."
So the head of Australia's national science agency also happens to believe in... more »

Water Divining And CSIRO
CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is Australia's national science agency. It has a long history of scientific research and innovations. Recently, it has been appointed with a new head - Larry Marshall - who has been working as a venture capitalist in the United States for the last 25 years.
He also happens to believe that dowsing or water diving (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowsing) is worth researching - with scientists' time and taxpayers' dollars. He claims that:
"I've seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I've no idea how they do it,"
and
"I've always wondered whether there's something in the electromagentic field, or gravitation anomaly."
So the head of Australia's national science agency also happens to believe in pseudoscience. Well, I guess that does go with the current trend in this country:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/CM6UWzFSkXb
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/cKnqr7fXFvR h/t +Katie Mack for the story
#scienceeveryday   #pseudoscience  ___

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2014-10-19 12:19:49 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Scientiamancer
This is something that I've been working on over the last few weekend. A piece call "Scientiamancer" (and if you are wondering, yes the silhouette figure is a self-portrait of sorts). There's a lot of symbolism in this piece which allude to my scientific research (which you can see some examples of here: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=TyMT3ggAAAAJ&hl )
Some are rather obvious, but others less so. This was actually based on a more simplistic piece which I did rather quickly while working on a paper (specifically, this one: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2644.12017/abstract - which was on outbreak of infectious disease in aquaculture). But after all these years, I decided to revisit it and take an entirely different approach, ramped up its level complexity to 11, and made this.
In the description of the original piece,I ... more »

Scientiamancer
This is something that I've been working on over the last few weekend. A piece call "Scientiamancer" (and if you are wondering, yes the silhouette figure is a self-portrait of sorts). There's a lot of symbolism in this piece which allude to my scientific research (which you can see some examples of here: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=TyMT3ggAAAAJ&hl )
Some are rather obvious, but others less so. This was actually based on a more simplistic piece which I did rather quickly while working on a paper (specifically, this one: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2644.12017/abstract - which was on outbreak of infectious disease in aquaculture). But after all these years, I decided to revisit it and take an entirely different approach, ramped up its level complexity to 11, and made this.
In the description of the original piece, I also wrote about how many undergraduate (and unfortunately even some postgrad) biology student don't seem to realise or appreciate that there is a lot of mathematics and statistics in science - especially in biological sciences. Some of them go into biology thinking that it is the "soft" option - the "easier" of the sciences, and when they are confronted by the fact that they will have to do statistics in everything - they lose their minds. They lack basic understanding of probability, data-handling, and appropriate analyses.
Statistical analysis is a vital tool in biological science - it is what allows us to tease out pattern and meaning from a sea of data, it allows us to see what might not seem obvious, and it also allows us to distinguish trends from spurious patterns. But to those who don't understand the tools of the trade, those who don't understand the why and how of statistical analyses, it's all Mathemagick.
#sciart   #scienceeveryday     #sciencesunday  ___

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2014-10-17 23:03:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Dying Bodyguard
I love a good parasitoid story as much as the next person (assuming the next person is also someone who appreciates all things parasitic as much as I do), and the story behind the parasitoid wasp  Glyptapanteles is certainly one that makes the xenomorph from Aliens sound tame (indeed, if you know even a quarter of what I know about the parasites that are out there, you'll realise the xenomorph is relatively merciful in its treatment of the host). 
The larvae of this parasitoid wasp not only consume their host from within, when they are ready to turn into fully-mature wasps, they are able to seize control of the caterpillar and turn it into a bodyguard for the wasp cocoons. Thus the caterpillar spends its dying breath protecting the very thing that killed it. To find out more, follow the link below to read the article by Matthew Simon over atmore »

The Dying Bodyguard
I love a good parasitoid story as much as the next person (assuming the next person is also someone who appreciates all things parasitic as much as I do), and the story behind the parasitoid wasp  Glyptapanteles is certainly one that makes the xenomorph from Aliens sound tame (indeed, if you know even a quarter of what I know about the parasites that are out there, you'll realise the xenomorph is relatively merciful in its treatment of the host). 
The larvae of this parasitoid wasp not only consume their host from within, when they are ready to turn into fully-mature wasps, they are able to seize control of the caterpillar and turn it into a bodyguard for the wasp cocoons. Thus the caterpillar spends its dying breath protecting the very thing that killed it. To find out more, follow the link below to read the article by Matthew Simon over at WIRED.
#scienceeveryday   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday  ___

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2014-10-15 23:33:31 (6 comments, 43 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

The Dark Knight Goes Viral
For some reason, many of the scariest virus on this planet - the Ebola virus, rabies, Marburg virus, and SARS coronavirus - seem to find a refuge in bats, of all things. Somehow, these little mammals seem to act as a flying reservoir for all kinds of nasties, but why?
Bats are an extremely diverse order of mammal; there are over 1200 known living species and they account for 20% of all known mammals. So is it simply because there are more bats around, then naturally there would be more viruses found in them?
Well, apart from their sheer diversity and being the only mammal capable of powered flight, there's a bit more to bat than that - it seems that bats also have a high prevalence of genes that encode for proteins which detect and repair DNA - and these genes happen to be the target for many viruses.
So with such an active DNA surveillance system in... more »

The Dark Knight Goes Viral
For some reason, many of the scariest virus on this planet - the Ebola virus, rabies, Marburg virus, and SARS coronavirus - seem to find a refuge in bats, of all things. Somehow, these little mammals seem to act as a flying reservoir for all kinds of nasties, but why?
Bats are an extremely diverse order of mammal; there are over 1200 known living species and they account for 20% of all known mammals. So is it simply because there are more bats around, then naturally there would be more viruses found in them?
Well, apart from their sheer diversity and being the only mammal capable of powered flight, there's a bit more to bat than that - it seems that bats also have a high prevalence of genes that encode for proteins which detect and repair DNA - and these genes happen to be the target for many viruses.
So with such an active DNA surveillance system in place, is that why bats are able to harbour such deadly viruses without being harmed by them? Or is that simply a coincidence, that because bats are known to be a reservoir for deadly viruses, so scientists are more likely look for such viruses in bats instead of other mammals, and thus "bats are special virus reservoirs" becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Follow the link below to read the article by +nadia drake to find out more.
#scienceeveryday   #virology  ___

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2014-10-09 12:31:21 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Got Crabs?
I've written a new post at the Parasite of the Day blog! This one is about a little crab that makes a living inside the body of limpets. The presence of the crab seems to stop the host limpet from producing any eggs, but how? Follow the link below to find out what happens when limpets get crabs!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #marinelife   #mollusc   #crustacean  

Got Crabs?
I've written a new post at the Parasite of the Day blog! This one is about a little crab that makes a living inside the body of limpets. The presence of the crab seems to stop the host limpet from producing any eggs, but how? Follow the link below to find out what happens when limpets get crabs!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #marinelife   #mollusc   #crustacean  ___

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2014-10-07 05:45:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Clash of the Titans
Earlier today, I was on the local radio for their "Creepy but Curious" segment. This time, I was talking about Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni - better known to most as the Colossal Squid. I talk about the Colossal Squid, Sperm Whales, and Ambergris - to listen, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #deepsea   #squid   #colossalsquid   #marinelife   #marinebiology  

Clash of the Titans
Earlier today, I was on the local radio for their "Creepy but Curious" segment. This time, I was talking about Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni - better known to most as the Colossal Squid. I talk about the Colossal Squid, Sperm Whales, and Ambergris - to listen, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #deepsea   #squid   #colossalsquid   #marinelife   #marinebiology  ___

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2014-10-06 00:26:30 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Parasitic Feral Threat
While most people have heard about the mind-bending ability of Toxoplasma gondii, fewer people knows about its ubiquity in the environment (it infects many warm-blooded animals and has even been found in Beluga whales in the Arctic: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26197742) and the harm it can cause native Australian marsupials.
And while many people would be familiar with the threat that feral cats pose to the native wildlife of Australia, fewer have considered that they can be a danger even without moving a single paw, thanks to the T. gondii parasite dwelling in their gut. For more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #wildlife   #feralcats   #australiananimals   #marsupial  

Parasitic Feral Threat
While most people have heard about the mind-bending ability of Toxoplasma gondii, fewer people knows about its ubiquity in the environment (it infects many warm-blooded animals and has even been found in Beluga whales in the Arctic: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26197742) and the harm it can cause native Australian marsupials.
And while many people would be familiar with the threat that feral cats pose to the native wildlife of Australia, fewer have considered that they can be a danger even without moving a single paw, thanks to the T. gondii parasite dwelling in their gut. For more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #wildlife   #feralcats   #australiananimals   #marsupial  ___

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2014-09-22 13:10:50 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Fillet-O-Melted-Fish
I've written a new Parasite of the Day post about a species of fish parasite that turns the flesh of their host into a gooey mess (but only after the fish has died). It hails from Iceland and is found in a number of different marine fishes. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #fishfillet   

Fillet-O-Melted-Fish
I've written a new Parasite of the Day post about a species of fish parasite that turns the flesh of their host into a gooey mess (but only after the fish has died). It hails from Iceland and is found in a number of different marine fishes. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #fishfillet   ___

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2014-09-15 21:56:40 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Biological Fan Fiction
Some of you might recall that two weeks ago, I posted a piece of speculative biology artwork that I was working on, call "Brood Beast and Symbiomice" - it was a fun foray into thinking about the "what if" and "what might have been" in evolution, or as I like to put it - "Biological Fan Fiction". Well, that piece has been featured as a part of the September SciArt Blitz over on the Symbiartic blog at +Scientific American.
All this month, +Kalliopi Monoyios, +Glendon Mellow, and +Katie McKissick are sharing images at the intersection of science and art that have caught their attention (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/2014/08/31/the-symbiartic-blitz-2014/)
So if you want to see a month of #sciart  image everyday, head over to Symbiartic (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/)and... more »

Biological Fan Fiction
Some of you might recall that two weeks ago, I posted a piece of speculative biology artwork that I was working on, call "Brood Beast and Symbiomice" - it was a fun foray into thinking about the "what if" and "what might have been" in evolution, or as I like to put it - "Biological Fan Fiction". Well, that piece has been featured as a part of the September SciArt Blitz over on the Symbiartic blog at +Scientific American.
All this month, +Kalliopi Monoyios, +Glendon Mellow, and +Katie McKissick are sharing images at the intersection of science and art that have caught their attention (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/2014/08/31/the-symbiartic-blitz-2014/)
So if you want to see a month of #sciart  image everyday, head over to Symbiartic (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/) and see how art and science can complement each other!
#sciart   #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-09-11 06:52:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Precious Petals
The Australian government once again demonstrates its contempt for science and scientists, with the Minister for Industry claiming scientists and science advocates are "precious petals". He even did the whole "My dad is a scientist so shut up" thing.
Here's some thoughts from +Katie Mack about that remark. It must be noted that this is merely the latest example of how little regards the current Australian government has for science and scientists. For previous examples of this, see:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/ZBbQ7YKydYu
and
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/CM6UWzFSkXb
#scienceeveryday   #australianscientist   #australianscience  

I was asked for comments on the Australian Minister for Industry referring to science advocates as "precious petals" for being upset at the loss of a science minister. Here's the article where my comments appear: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/11/scientists-angry-about-ian-macfarlanes-precious-petals-remark #PreciousPetal

Here's what I sent to the author in response to his questions (about how scientists are responding and why):
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I'm deeply dismayed by the Minister's comments. The Australian scientific community is getting some real mixed messages lately about the role of science advocacy, but the thing that seems clear is that we don't have an ally in government -- at least not in Minister Macfarlane. A week ago, he came out saying that scientists need to "make some noise" and do more to advocate for our place in public life -- something that a lot of us have already been spending quite a lot of time on -- and now he turns around and calls us "precious petals" for doing exactly that. He's couching this in terms of complaints about the lack of a Science Minister. Personally, I think those complaints are valid, not because we necessarily need someone in government with that title, but because we need someone in government who is truly advocating for science's role in society and policy. We don't seem to have that. Between cuts to CSIRO, the decimation of climate change research and advocacy, dwindling resources for the Australian Research Council, and threats to initiatives such as the RET, we're left wondering if the government really values science at all. There's been a lot of talk about "innovation", which seems to be used to mean "technological advancements that lead directly to immediate profit", but basic research and long-term investments are being left out in the cold. Science doesn't work that way. You can't just tell scientists to innovate without supporting the kind of basic research and discovery that advances science into the future.

I don't think calling for government advocacy is whinging. I don't think advocating for sensible science policy is being a precious petal. I think the Minister is lashing out not because our complaints are petty but because he doesn't want to acknowledge what we have to say. We haven't, as the Minister alleged last week, "allowed [ourselves] to get pushed out of the community awareness space." We're advocating in the community and we're advocating to the government. We're advocating for the kind of science we most need, and the kind of funding that will help lead to genuine advancements in the future. The Minister just doesn't want to hear it. He says he wants us to ask for support -- just not from the government, apparently. He's treating us like a profit-making industry. We're not. We're a vital sector of society. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the government were as dedicated to supporting basic research as they were to supporting the fossil fuel industry?

As for what the community is saying -- most of what I've seen is people feeling rightfully betrayed and insulted. We're clearly not valued. We're not being heard. And all our fears about the lack of a Science Minister are being realized. So, yeah, we're upset. And we're worried for our futures and for the future of scientific advancement in Australia.
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The Australian government once again demonstrates its contempt for science and scientists, with the Minister for Industry claiming scientists and science advocates are "precious petals". He even did the whole "My dad is a scientist so shut up" thing.
Here's some thoughts from +Katie Mack about that remark. It must be noted that this is merely the latest example of how little regards the current Australian government has for science and scientists. For previous examples of this, see:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/ZBbQ7YKydYu
and
https://plus.google.com/u/0/111479647230213565874/posts/CM6UWzFSkXb
#scienceeveryday   #australianscientist   #australianscience  

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2014-09-09 04:14:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Velvety Undergrowth And Hallucinatory Cambrian Dreams
Earlier this morning, I was on the local radio for their Creepy but Curious segment. This time, I was talking about two very curious creatures indeed - the velvet worm and Hallucigenia - and how a spined leggy worm from the Cambrian sea is linked to the velvety onychophorans in the undergrowth of today. To listen, simply follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #evolutionarybiology   #worms   #invertebrates  

Velvety Undergrowth And Hallucinatory Cambrian Dreams
Earlier this morning, I was on the local radio for their Creepy but Curious segment. This time, I was talking about two very curious creatures indeed - the velvet worm and Hallucigenia - and how a spined leggy worm from the Cambrian sea is linked to the velvety onychophorans in the undergrowth of today. To listen, simply follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #evolutionarybiology   #worms   #invertebrates  ___

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2014-09-08 13:04:40 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The Shark-Eater
A few months ago, I wrote a Dispatch for the journal Current Biology about a new study on Anelasma squalicola - a bizarre species of barnacle that infects the velvet belly lantern shark. Unfortunately, that article is behind a paywall, so I decided to write a new blog post for a more general audience based on the content of that Dispatch. To find out more about this weird parasite, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #shark   #marinelife   #marinebiology  

The Shark-Eater
A few months ago, I wrote a Dispatch for the journal Current Biology about a new study on Anelasma squalicola - a bizarre species of barnacle that infects the velvet belly lantern shark. Unfortunately, that article is behind a paywall, so I decided to write a new blog post for a more general audience based on the content of that Dispatch. To find out more about this weird parasite, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #shark   #marinelife   #marinebiology  ___

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2014-09-06 00:53:18 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Women in STEM: The Pipeline Is More Than Just Leaky
This is an important piece written by the team at +STEM Women on G+ (composing of +Zuleyka Zevallos +Buddhini Samarasinghe and +Rajini Rao). This article goes into extensive detail with multiple references to sociological studies that examine why there continue to be a gender imbalance in STEM fields.
Spolier Alert - it is not biology.  There are many social and culture obstacles for women who wish to enter STEM fields, but also numerous institutionalised issues that cause them to drop out once they are in them. As the article puts it, "Not only is there a 'leaky pipeline' in STEM, the plumbing itself is broken". This is a highly important piece that provide much food for thought, as well as a handy resource with links to numerous studies relating to this issue.
#scienceeveryday   #womeninstem  #wome... more »

Women in STEM: The Pipeline Is More Than Just Leaky
This is an important piece written by the team at +STEM Women on G+ (composing of +Zuleyka Zevallos +Buddhini Samarasinghe and +Rajini Rao). This article goes into extensive detail with multiple references to sociological studies that examine why there continue to be a gender imbalance in STEM fields.
Spolier Alert - it is not biology.  There are many social and culture obstacles for women who wish to enter STEM fields, but also numerous institutionalised issues that cause them to drop out once they are in them. As the article puts it, "Not only is there a 'leaky pipeline' in STEM, the plumbing itself is broken". This is a highly important piece that provide much food for thought, as well as a handy resource with links to numerous studies relating to this issue.
#scienceeveryday   #womeninstem   #womeninscience   #genderequality  ___

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2014-09-04 21:59:19 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Actual Journalism vs CJR
In response to the highly uncritical cover story at Columbia Journalism Review, +nadia drake has written an actual investigative piece on IFLS and all its problems such as their use of artists' work without attribution or compensation, and its misrepresentation of science.
#scienceeveryday   #iflscience   #journalism  

Actual Journalism vs CJR
In response to the highly uncritical cover story at Columbia Journalism Review, +nadia drake has written an actual investigative piece on IFLS and all its problems such as their use of artists' work without attribution or compensation, and its misrepresentation of science.
#scienceeveryday   #iflscience   #journalism  ___

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2014-09-03 03:33:39 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Ripping And Running With IFLS
If you care about science and the communication of science to the general public, you should have a look at this.

If you dislike images used in science communication without attribution or permission, it's important to pay attention to the success of the Facebook page/turned brand/soon to be tv show, IFLS.

Columbia Journalism Review has a cover story up about the success of IFLS and its creator. Here's a pic of my comment on the article.
Photographer +Alex Wild has left one as well.
Link: http://www.cjr.org/cover_story/elise_andrew.php
#copyright___Ripping And Running With IFLS
If you care about science and the communication of science to the general public, you should have a look at this.

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2014-09-01 00:26:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Brood Beast & Symbiomice
During this weekend, I managed to finished  a piece I have been working on these last two weeks - the "Brood Beast-Symbiomice host-symbiont complex". It is a speculative biology piece based on the idea of taking two fairly common and relatively mundane animals that people are familiar with - rodents and pigs - and take them down a speculative evolutionary path. So I ended up with this - a pig-derived mega-herbivore covered in a colony of eusocial rodents. The idea was to create a pairing that emulates the symbiosis seen in ant-plants mutualism, but with a pair of mammals instead.
#sciart   #speculativebiology   #evolution   #sciencefiction  

Brood Beast & Symbiomice
During this weekend, I managed to finished  a piece I have been working on these last two weeks - the "Brood Beast-Symbiomice host-symbiont complex". It is a speculative biology piece based on the idea of taking two fairly common and relatively mundane animals that people are familiar with - rodents and pigs - and take them down a speculative evolutionary path. So I ended up with this - a pig-derived mega-herbivore covered in a colony of eusocial rodents. The idea was to create a pairing that emulates the symbiosis seen in ant-plants mutualism, but with a pair of mammals instead.
#sciart   #speculativebiology   #evolution   #sciencefiction  ___

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2014-08-31 13:07:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Suckers For Sugar
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the seventh and final posts in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Brianna Barwise and is about how a dose of malaria gives mosquitoes a sugar craving.
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #parasitology   #biology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday   #mosquitoes   #malaria   

Suckers For Sugar
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the seventh and final posts in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Brianna Barwise and is about how a dose of malaria gives mosquitoes a sugar craving.
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #parasitology   #biology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday   #mosquitoes   #malaria   ___

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2014-08-26 14:08:20 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The SkillsTo Pay The Bills
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the sixth in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts written by Holly Cooper is about the Emerald Jewel Wasp - which is a nightmare (to cockroaches at least) that comes in a beautiful package. The wasp is most well-known for its ability to wrestle a cockroach into submission and turn it into a zombified, living larder for it offspring. But how does it get its cockroach-wrangling skills? Follow the link below to find out more.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday   #zombies  

The SkillsTo Pay The Bills
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the sixth in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts written by Holly Cooper is about the Emerald Jewel Wasp - which is a nightmare (to cockroaches at least) that comes in a beautiful package. The wasp is most well-known for its ability to wrestle a cockroach into submission and turn it into a zombified, living larder for it offspring. But how does it get its cockroach-wrangling skills? Follow the link below to find out more.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday   #zombies  ___

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2014-08-21 13:57:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Death From Above
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the fifth in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Reece Dalais and it is about Sarcocystis cernae - a parasite that infects voles and kestrel and has a special trick for bring them both together.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday  

Death From Above
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the fifth in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Reece Dalais and it is about Sarcocystis cernae - a parasite that infects voles and kestrel and has a special trick for bring them both together.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday  ___

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2014-08-17 12:05:27 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Mosquito's Karma
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the fourth in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Sarah Prammer and it is about a midge that sucks blood out of the belly of satiated mosquitoes - which has some important consequences for transmission of various virus.
Sharing for +ScienceSunday 
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday  

The Mosquito's Karma
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the fourth in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Sarah Prammer and it is about a midge that sucks blood out of the belly of satiated mosquitoes - which has some important consequences for transmission of various virus.
Sharing for +ScienceSunday 
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday  ___

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2014-08-12 13:50:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Silence Of The Crickets
Listen to the segment here: http://goo.gl/whxs7T
Earlier today, I was on the local radio for their Creepy but Curious segment. This time I was talking crickets, parasitoid flies, and evolution - a story of how field crickets introduced to the Hawaiian islands lost their song, but in turn gained a new lease on life.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #evolution   #parasitology   #entomology   #cricket   #scicomm   

Silence Of The Crickets
Listen to the segment here: http://goo.gl/whxs7T
Earlier today, I was on the local radio for their Creepy but Curious segment. This time I was talking crickets, parasitoid flies, and evolution - a story of how field crickets introduced to the Hawaiian islands lost their song, but in turn gained a new lease on life.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #evolution   #parasitology   #entomology   #cricket   #scicomm   ___

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2014-08-11 21:49:40 (10 comments, 15 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Jumping The Shark Week
Yes, it's that time of the year - Shark Week - when the Discovery Channel straight-up tell its audience a whole bunch of complete lies about sharks. Here's a guide to this week programming by +Christie Wilcox if you want to know which of the shows are based on (some) scientific facts and which are complete Discovery-brand bullshit: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2014/08/10/shark-week-expect-years-fin-fest/
But it seems that Discovery hasn't just been lying to its audience, it's also been misleading scientists into appearing on their program as well - here's +David Shiffman with more on that story.
#sharkweek2014   #sharkweek   #discoverychannel   #pseudoscience  

Jumping The Shark Week
Yes, it's that time of the year - Shark Week - when the Discovery Channel straight-up tell its audience a whole bunch of complete lies about sharks. Here's a guide to this week programming by +Christie Wilcox if you want to know which of the shows are based on (some) scientific facts and which are complete Discovery-brand bullshit: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2014/08/10/shark-week-expect-years-fin-fest/
But it seems that Discovery hasn't just been lying to its audience, it's also been misleading scientists into appearing on their program as well - here's +David Shiffman with more on that story.
#sharkweek2014   #sharkweek   #discoverychannel   #pseudoscience  ___

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2014-08-11 12:37:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Buddy System
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the third in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Jon Schlenert and it is about a system that the leaf-cutter ant has evolved to deter attacks by decapitating parasitoid flies like Apocephalus attophilus
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #scienceeveryday   #ants  

The Buddy System
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the third in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Jon Schlenert and it is about a system that the leaf-cutter ant has evolved to deter attacks by decapitating parasitoid flies like Apocephalus attophilus
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #scienceeveryday   #ants  ___

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2014-08-06 11:51:53 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The (Not So) Invincible Waterbear
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the second in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Danielle Mills Waterfield and it is about Ballocephala sphaerospora - a parasitic fungus that infects none other than everyone's favourite cuddly-look extremophile; the tardigrade/waterbear!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #tardigrade  
P.S. You can see a superb illustration of this fungus done by +Lizzie Harper at this link here:http://www.derwent-artprize.com/ballocephala-parasitizing-tardigrade

The (Not So) Invincible Waterbear
It is guest post time at the Parasite of the Day blog! This is the second in a series of guest posts that have been written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class this year. This particular posts was written by Danielle Mills Waterfield and it is about Ballocephala sphaerospora - a parasitic fungus that infects none other than everyone's favourite cuddly-look extremophile; the tardigrade/waterbear!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #tardigrade  
P.S. You can see a superb illustration of this fungus done by +Lizzie Harper at this link here:http://www.derwent-artprize.com/ballocephala-parasitizing-tardigrade___

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2014-08-05 01:49:53 (3 comments, 10 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Blinded By Parasites
I have written a new article for The Conversation and it is all about parasites that find the eye (of all places) to be a cosy spot to call home. There are flukes that feed on bird tears, parasites that blind sharks, and of course river blindness - which is caused by a parasitic worm that infects 25 million people around the world. Even if you are squeamish about that kind of thing, you should still give it a read and learn a bit more about natural history! 
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #infectiousdiseases

Blinded By Parasites
I have written a new article for The Conversation and it is all about parasites that find the eye (of all places) to be a cosy spot to call home. There are flukes that feed on bird tears, parasites that blind sharks, and of course river blindness - which is caused by a parasitic worm that infects 25 million people around the world. Even if you are squeamish about that kind of thing, you should still give it a read and learn a bit more about natural history! 
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #infectiousdiseases___

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2014-08-01 12:42:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Chilean Sea Slugs And Their Inner Nightmares
It's guest posts time over at the Parasite of the Day blog! Some of you might recall that last year I featured some guest posts written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class - well, it's happening again this year! Over the next few weeks I will be presented a series of these guest posts on the blog, all of which have been written by students who did the Evolutionary Parasitology class. To kick things off is a post by Courtney Waters - she has written about a paper published in 2002 which documented the diversity of a family of bizarre-looking parasitic copepods that live in sea slugs off the coast of Chile. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday  

Chilean Sea Slugs And Their Inner Nightmares
It's guest posts time over at the Parasite of the Day blog! Some of you might recall that last year I featured some guest posts written by students from my Evolutionary Parasitology class - well, it's happening again this year! Over the next few weeks I will be presented a series of these guest posts on the blog, all of which have been written by students who did the Evolutionary Parasitology class. To kick things off is a post by Courtney Waters - she has written about a paper published in 2002 which documented the diversity of a family of bizarre-looking parasitic copepods that live in sea slugs off the coast of Chile. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday  ___

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2014-07-30 11:40:44 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Not The Index We Need, Nor One We Deserve
As you can probably probably tell from my online activities, science outreach is something rather important to me. I see it as my responsibility as a scientist and academic to communicate science to the public. These days part of being a science communicator involve having an online presence, and part of being able to communicate effectively involves having an audience.
Recently, a paper was published in Genome Biology about something call a "K-index" which compares a scientist's Twitter follower count to the number of citations that their scientific publications have received. While the paper is supposed to be a "semi-serious" joke, there are other more...problematic issues relating to the assumptions of that paper. +Buddhini Samarasinghe has written a critique of the K-index and how it can be damaging to young researchers,... more »

Is Engaging in Science Outreach Damaging to Scientists?

A few years ago, I started posting about science publicly on Google+. I did it in my spare time because as a scientist, it was obviously a topic I was interested in. I also found the public ignorance about science particularly depressing. This, coupled with a woeful misrepresentation of science on the part of many science journalists on popular media meant that even if the public cared enough to read about science, they would be ill-informed by sensationalised over-hyped articles. There was only one solution, as I saw it - the scientists themselves should engage directly with the public. This has always been my personal motto when it came to doing science outreach (http://goo.gl/Ts8oYf and http://goo.gl/W1XKHT). 

So it is with dismay that I read this 'joke' article on Genome Biology by Neil Hall (http://goo.gl/oX52dI). In it, he defines the K-index (Kardashian Index) as:

“a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.”  A high K-index indicates that the scientist may have built their reputation on a shaky foundation, while a low K- index indicates that the scientist is not being given credit where credit is due.

An unfortunate consequence of the K-index is that it is damaging to other scientists who genuinely engage in science outreach on social media. Scientists are evaluated by their publication records. People who have a low K-index will likely be older and well-established. Someone who started publishing 30 years ago and just joined Twitter will have a very low K-index. On the other hand, early career researchers who haven't published a lot but engage in outreach can appear to have a high K-index. The author also advises people that "if your K-index gets above 5, then it’s time to get off Twitter and write those papers". Never mind that only 1% of scientists regularly publish one paper a year (http://goo.gl/yvd1Yv). Do we really want the other 99% of scientists to stop writing about science on social media?

I understand that this paper was 'semi-serious'. I understand that there are certain science outreach 'personalities' on social media who regularly over-estimate their popularity and importance. But I can already imagine how this index can be used to patronise young researchers who engage in outreach. I can imagine the smirks from senior scientists at job interview panels and evaluation committees. 

This 'joke' article is only funny if you are a senior tenured professor with lots of papers and yet have a low follower count on social media. "Ha ha, let's laugh at those silly scientists doing social media outreach when they should be writing papers!" The K-index trivialises those of us who work hard to communicate science with the public. 

I don't earn anything from doing outreach. It doesn't benefit me professionally. I don't have better job prospects because I have an audience. I do it because as a scientist, I feel I have a duty to directly engage with the public. Doing outreach doesn't harm me either. I hate to think that someday, it might. I hate to think that I might be taken less seriously because I do this. I especially hate to think that other young researchers might be discouraged from engaging in outreach because of this. 

Thanks to +Tommy Leung for the discussion that inspired this post. 

Image: Twitter followers versus number of scientific citations for a sort-of-random sample of researcher tweeters. Individuals with a highly overinflated number of followers (when compared with the number predicted by the trendline) are highlighted by the area labeled Kardashians. (from: http://goo.gl/oX52dI)

#ScienceEveryday  ___Not The Index We Need, Nor One We Deserve
As you can probably probably tell from my online activities, science outreach is something rather important to me. I see it as my responsibility as a scientist and academic to communicate science to the public. These days part of being a science communicator involve having an online presence, and part of being able to communicate effectively involves having an audience.
Recently, a paper was published in Genome Biology about something call a "K-index" which compares a scientist's Twitter follower count to the number of citations that their scientific publications have received. While the paper is supposed to be a "semi-serious" joke, there are other more...problematic issues relating to the assumptions of that paper. +Buddhini Samarasinghe has written a critique of the K-index and how it can be damaging to young researchers, especially those who wish to participate in communicating science to the general public.

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2014-07-24 12:26:39 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Something Fishy This Way Come
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This one is actually Part 2 of my summary of the #ASP2014  conference which I attended a few weeks ago, and it is all about fish parasites. To find out more about glowing parasites, tongue-biters, cleaner shrimps, and what lurks in the fins of an epaulette shark, follow the link below.
For Part 1 of my conference summary, click here: http://goo.gl/ypjjQ8
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #scienceconferences  

Something Fishy This Way Come
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This one is actually Part 2 of my summary of the #ASP2014  conference which I attended a few weeks ago, and it is all about fish parasites. To find out more about glowing parasites, tongue-biters, cleaner shrimps, and what lurks in the fins of an epaulette shark, follow the link below.
For Part 1 of my conference summary, click here: http://goo.gl/ypjjQ8
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #scienceconferences  ___

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2014-07-16 22:25:55 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

A new study conducted by Dr +Kathryn Clancy _et al._ have found an alarmingly high percent of trainees have experienced sexual harassment and assault while conducted field work. Young women are usually the primary target of such harassment or assault, and most of them are usually of "lower rank" (students, postdocs, or employees) in relation to the assailant. 
Aside from institutionalised obstacles and socially defined traditional gender roles, the issue of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace is something that really needs to be addressed if we are serious about bring greater gender equality to STEM fields.
The study is published in PLoS One and it is #openaccess , so free to download for anyone here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102172
cc: +STEM Women on G+ 
#scienceeveryday   #genderequality   #sexualharassment   #ST... more »

A new study conducted by Dr +Kathryn Clancy _et al._ have found an alarmingly high percent of trainees have experienced sexual harassment and assault while conducted field work. Young women are usually the primary target of such harassment or assault, and most of them are usually of "lower rank" (students, postdocs, or employees) in relation to the assailant. 
Aside from institutionalised obstacles and socially defined traditional gender roles, the issue of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace is something that really needs to be addressed if we are serious about bring greater gender equality to STEM fields.
The study is published in PLoS One and it is #openaccess , so free to download for anyone here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102172
cc: +STEM Women on G+ 
#scienceeveryday   #genderequality   #sexualharassment   #STEM  ___

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2014-07-15 11:28:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

In Sea, Win Sea Spiders
Listen here: http://goo.gl/4clxlK
While they look a lot like spiders and are commonly called "sea spiders", the pycnogonids are not actually spiders. They are a group of very peculiar arthropod that are found in the marine environment all over the world. This is an episode of "Creepy but Curious" - a radio segment that I've been appearing on regularly - which just went to air today where I talk about these peculiar creatures. You can listen to the segment here: http://goo.gl/4clxlK
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #arthropods  

In Sea, Win Sea Spiders
Listen here: http://goo.gl/4clxlK
While they look a lot like spiders and are commonly called "sea spiders", the pycnogonids are not actually spiders. They are a group of very peculiar arthropod that are found in the marine environment all over the world. This is an episode of "Creepy but Curious" - a radio segment that I've been appearing on regularly - which just went to air today where I talk about these peculiar creatures. You can listen to the segment here: http://goo.gl/4clxlK
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #arthropods  ___

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2014-07-11 11:24:56 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Wild World Of Parasites
As some of you might know, last week I attended the #ASP2014  conference in Canberra, during which time I have been tweeting highlights from the talks and posters at the conference. Well, I've written up the first of two posts about my experience at the conference. This post features parasites in buffaloes, hookworms in sea lions, mammal ticks, and crocodile worms. To read all about it, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #scienceconferences  

The Wild World Of Parasites
As some of you might know, last week I attended the #ASP2014  conference in Canberra, during which time I have been tweeting highlights from the talks and posters at the conference. Well, I've written up the first of two posts about my experience at the conference. This post features parasites in buffaloes, hookworms in sea lions, mammal ticks, and crocodile worms. To read all about it, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #scienceconferences  ___

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2014-06-29 12:34:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Conference TIME!
For the next few days, I will be attending the annual ASP conference in Canberra (http://parasite.org.au/arcnet/). I will be tweeting highlights from the conference on the #ASP2014  hashtag from my Twitter here: https://twitter.com/The_Episiarch
Note: I will be writing up a blog post or two about this - so be on the look out for those in July. here are some posts I wrote last year about a conference I attended:
http://goo.gl/i4UieM
http://goo.gl/zKrnZo
#biology   #parasitology   #scienceconferences   #parasitismeveryday  

Conference TIME!
For the next few days, I will be attending the annual ASP conference in Canberra (http://parasite.org.au/arcnet/). I will be tweeting highlights from the conference on the #ASP2014  hashtag from my Twitter here: https://twitter.com/The_Episiarch
Note: I will be writing up a blog post or two about this - so be on the look out for those in July. here are some posts I wrote last year about a conference I attended:
http://goo.gl/i4UieM
http://goo.gl/zKrnZo
#biology   #parasitology   #scienceconferences   #parasitismeveryday  ___

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2014-06-25 12:24:17 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Nightmare Inside
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This one is about a Cthulhu-esque parasite that lives inside the body of flamboyant sea slugs. Not only does it take up nutrient, it also compromises the slug's reproductive capacity. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife   #nudibranch  

The Nightmare Inside
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This one is about a Cthulhu-esque parasite that lives inside the body of flamboyant sea slugs. Not only does it take up nutrient, it also compromises the slug's reproductive capacity. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife   #nudibranch  ___

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2014-06-22 10:47:13 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The Barnacle And The Shark
Click here for full-size and description: http://goo.gl/bOMev0
I recently had an opportunity to write a Dispatch for Current Biology about a very unusual parasitic barnacle call Anelasma squalicola that infects the velvet belly lantern shark (http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)00533-8). The Dispatch was about a new paper that came out in the same journal which indicates the closely living relatives of this parasites are, surprisingly enough, intertidal goose barnacles. To find  more about this parasite click here: http://goo.gl/bOMev0
Sharing for +ScienceSunday 
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #shark  

The Barnacle And The Shark
Click here for full-size and description: http://goo.gl/bOMev0
I recently had an opportunity to write a Dispatch for Current Biology about a very unusual parasitic barnacle call Anelasma squalicola that infects the velvet belly lantern shark (http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(14)00533-8). The Dispatch was about a new paper that came out in the same journal which indicates the closely living relatives of this parasites are, surprisingly enough, intertidal goose barnacles. To find  more about this parasite click here: http://goo.gl/bOMev0
Sharing for +ScienceSunday 
#scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #shark  ___

2014-06-17 22:32:23 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Shelled Blood-Suckers
Most people probably don't know this, but there are over 3000 species of snails which are known to have a parasitic life-style. They range from species that suck the blood of fish at night like slow-crawling sea mosquitoes, to others that burrow inside the bodies of seastars and sea cucumbers. Yesterday, I was on the local radio for their regular Creepy but Curious segment talking about vampire snails and other parasitic gastropods. Click the link below to listen.
#scienceeveryday   #marinelife   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #mollusc  

Shelled Blood-Suckers
Most people probably don't know this, but there are over 3000 species of snails which are known to have a parasitic life-style. They range from species that suck the blood of fish at night like slow-crawling sea mosquitoes, to others that burrow inside the bodies of seastars and sea cucumbers. Yesterday, I was on the local radio for their regular Creepy but Curious segment talking about vampire snails and other parasitic gastropods. Click the link below to listen.
#scienceeveryday   #marinelife   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #mollusc  ___

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2014-06-17 12:07:03 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Kaiju Parasitoid
I see I was not the only one who spent some time speculating about the MUTO life-cycle after seeing the new Godzilla movie. Much like the writer of the Parasite Ecology blog, I thought MUTO should have been more appropriately described as a parasitoid rather than a parasite as it was in the film.
I came up with a fan theory that the MUTOs were attracted to nuclear warheads and reactors because they are functionally similar enough to their “natural” host (radioactive Kaiju) that it can act as a kind of in vitro “medium” in place of their host.
The writer of the Parasite Ecology blog has also spent some time think about MUTO, but rather than a fan theory, they have come up with an entirely new fan fiction starring MUTO and Godzilla. Follow the link below to see what happens when parasitology nerds talk about Kaiju.

Kaiju Parasitoid
I see I was not the only one who spent some time speculating about the MUTO life-cycle after seeing the new Godzilla movie. Much like the writer of the Parasite Ecology blog, I thought MUTO should have been more appropriately described as a parasitoid rather than a parasite as it was in the film.
I came up with a fan theory that the MUTOs were attracted to nuclear warheads and reactors because they are functionally similar enough to their “natural” host (radioactive Kaiju) that it can act as a kind of in vitro “medium” in place of their host.
The writer of the Parasite Ecology blog has also spent some time think about MUTO, but rather than a fan theory, they have come up with an entirely new fan fiction starring MUTO and Godzilla. Follow the link below to see what happens when parasitology nerds talk about Kaiju.___

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2014-06-17 04:05:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Vampire Snails
Listen here: http://goo.gl/15KSdY
Earlier today, I was once again on the local radio for their Creepy but Curious segment. This time I was talking about blood-sucking snails and other parasitic gastropods. For more on parasitic snails, you might also want to check out this post by +Christopher Mah on the Echinoblog all about the Eulimidae - a family of snails that parasitise echinoderms like sea stars and sea cucumbers: http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/p-is-for-parasitic-snail-enter-eulimidae.html
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #scicomm  

Vampire Snails
Listen here: http://goo.gl/15KSdY
Earlier today, I was once again on the local radio for their Creepy but Curious segment. This time I was talking about blood-sucking snails and other parasitic gastropods. For more on parasitic snails, you might also want to check out this post by +Christopher Mah on the Echinoblog all about the Eulimidae - a family of snails that parasitise echinoderms like sea stars and sea cucumbers: http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/p-is-for-parasitic-snail-enter-eulimidae.html
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #scicomm  ___

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2014-06-10 12:22:19 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bit Of A Drag
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! The study I wrote about in this post features an idyllic tropical reef, some brightly coloured fishes, and...face-hugger parasites? To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife  

Bit Of A Drag
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! The study I wrote about in this post features an idyllic tropical reef, some brightly coloured fishes, and...face-hugger parasites? To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife  ___

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2014-06-05 11:29:28 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Markers Of The Anthropocene
The human species is having some profound impacts on Earth. We have heavily altered both the biotic and abiotic components of this planet, and it seems we are destined to leave a lasting mark (whether we like it or not). So much so, some scientists have suggested that the modern era be renamed the "Anthropocene" (http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1938/835.full).
One of the major ways that we are altering the planet is through our plastic waste. Not only has plastic entered the food web (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/microplastics-threaten-marine-food-webs/5471190) & (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/seabirds-in-high-arctic-ingesting-more-plastic-researcher-says-1.2661580), it has also found its way to some of the most remote corners of the planet... more »

Markers Of The Anthropocene
The human species is having some profound impacts on Earth. We have heavily altered both the biotic and abiotic components of this planet, and it seems we are destined to leave a lasting mark (whether we like it or not). So much so, some scientists have suggested that the modern era be renamed the "Anthropocene" (http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1938/835.full).
One of the major ways that we are altering the planet is through our plastic waste. Not only has plastic entered the food web (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/microplastics-threaten-marine-food-webs/5471190) & (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/seabirds-in-high-arctic-ingesting-more-plastic-researcher-says-1.2661580), it has also found its way to some of the most remote corners of the planet (http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/27/arctic-plastics-ice.html) & (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/30/human-litter-european-seafloor-survey-ocean-deep). Plastic has even created an entire new type of habitat for some microbes (https://plus.google.com/111479647230213565874/posts/hZHqcy68LRS).
And now, a new type of rock has been discovered, one which has never existed before in Earth's history -  Plastiglomerate - rocks that have chunks of plastic integrated into them.
Millions of years from, perhaps there will palaeontologists of another sapient species who examine the rocks from our era. They will note the strange strata packed with bits of plastic-derivatives of various size, and they will know that as the marker of the Anthropocene (even if they don't know what caused it), much like the layer of clay filled with unusually high level of Iridium that marks the end of the Cretaceous period. That will be our legacy to this world.
#scienceeveryday   #geology   #environment   #earth   #anthropocene  ___

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2014-06-02 12:17:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Feeling Jelly?
Jellyfish are not what most people would probably think of when they think of animals with interesting behaviours. They seem to just pulsate in the water, dragging lines of stinger-ladened tentacles behind them. But it seems that some species of box jellyfish, such as Copula sivickisi, actually perform a kind of "mating dance" before they do the deed. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #animalbehavior   #jellyfish  

Feeling Jelly?
Jellyfish are not what most people would probably think of when they think of animals with interesting behaviours. They seem to just pulsate in the water, dragging lines of stinger-ladened tentacles behind them. But it seems that some species of box jellyfish, such as Copula sivickisi, actually perform a kind of "mating dance" before they do the deed. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #animalbehavior   #jellyfish  ___

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2014-06-01 20:59:41 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Dumb Ways To Lie
For anyone who wants an update and summary on the current state of Australia and our federal politics...

Dumb Ways To Lie
For anyone who wants an update and summary on the current state of Australia and our federal politics...___

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2014-05-30 12:49:54 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Crab-Snatcher
I've written a new article for The Conversation about a body-snatching parasite that attacks a crab's weak points for massive damage. Follow the link below to read about how this parasite injects itself into a crab, take over its host's body and mind, and how that act of body-snatching affects the rest of the ecosystem.
Recommended musical accompaniment for this article: GIANT ENEMY CRAB
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife  

Crab-Snatcher
I've written a new article for The Conversation about a body-snatching parasite that attacks a crab's weak points for massive damage. Follow the link below to read about how this parasite injects itself into a crab, take over its host's body and mind, and how that act of body-snatching affects the rest of the ecosystem.
Recommended musical accompaniment for this article: GIANT ENEMY CRAB
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife  ___

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2014-05-28 11:09:56 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A Flowery Taste
When most people think of a bird sipping nectar from a flower, they usually think of a hummingbird, or perhaps a honeyeater. But long before such birds existed, flowers were already frequented by feathered visitors. A new fossil of a bird called Pumiliornis tessellatus has been unearthed from the Messel Pit in Germany. This extinct 47 million year old bird was preserved with pollen grains in its gut in such quantity that suggests it has been feeding regularly from flowers. The shape of its beak was also suited for probing inside flowers to extract nectar. Its shows that birds and flowers have had a coevolutionary history that dates back to at least the Eocene period (if not earlier).
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #paleontology   #ecology   #zoology  

A Flowery Taste
When most people think of a bird sipping nectar from a flower, they usually think of a hummingbird, or perhaps a honeyeater. But long before such birds existed, flowers were already frequented by feathered visitors. A new fossil of a bird called Pumiliornis tessellatus has been unearthed from the Messel Pit in Germany. This extinct 47 million year old bird was preserved with pollen grains in its gut in such quantity that suggests it has been feeding regularly from flowers. The shape of its beak was also suited for probing inside flowers to extract nectar. Its shows that birds and flowers have had a coevolutionary history that dates back to at least the Eocene period (if not earlier).
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #paleontology   #ecology   #zoology  ___

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2014-05-25 12:13:01 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Curb Your Enthusiasm (For Mussels)
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! In this post, find out why mussels might have an unlikely ally in the form of a parasitic barnacle which castrates and alters the behaviour of crabs that it infects - follow the link below to find out more!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife   #crustaceans  

Curb Your Enthusiasm (For Mussels)
I have written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! In this post, find out why mussels might have an unlikely ally in the form of a parasitic barnacle which castrates and alters the behaviour of crabs that it infects - follow the link below to find out more!
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #parasitismeveryday   #marinelife   #crustaceans  ___

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2014-05-25 00:35:10 (65 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Toxicity of Misogyny
The gunman who opened fired on students near UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista is the ultimate outcome of the misogynistic culture that permeates our society. While the gunman might be mentally ill, it was the result of a larger cultural sickness which manifest in the likes of MRA, "pick-up artists"and their misogynistic world views. It is a sense of entitlement to women, that simply by existing men "deserve" access to women for whatever reason. It is a toxic attitude which must be removed from the culture of our society.

I'm really not much in the mood to seek out happy awesome stories today. But instead of a 2000 word screed filled with rage and sadness, I'm going to at least highlight the folks out there trying to make the world better. Especially considering they will likely receive a crap-ton of hate and vileness directed at them by the people they're calling out. 

+ + +

Elliot Rodger and Men Who Hate Women: http://bellejar.ca/2014/05/24/elliot-rodger-and-men-who-hate-women/

“Alpha Male” Elliot Rodgers’ Retribution: http://skepchick.org/2014/05/alpha-male-elliot-rodgers-retribution/

We need to talk about systemic male violence not the “work of a madman”: http://elegantgatheringofwhitesnows.com/?p=1614

UCSB Killer Elliot Rodger: "If I Can't Have You , Girls, I Will Destroy You.": http://wifey.tv/video/ucsb-killer-elliot-rodger-if-i-cant-have-you-girls-i-will-destroy-you/___The Toxicity of Misogyny
The gunman who opened fired on students near UC Santa Barbara campus in Isla Vista is the ultimate outcome of the misogynistic culture that permeates our society. While the gunman might be mentally ill, it was the result of a larger cultural sickness which manifest in the likes of MRA, "pick-up artists"and their misogynistic world views. It is a sense of entitlement to women, that simply by existing men "deserve" access to women for whatever reason. It is a toxic attitude which must be removed from the culture of our society.

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2014-05-24 13:57:16 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Kaiju Anatomy
In this extensive post, anatomist/palaeontologist/pterosaur expert Mark Witton looks at Godzilla and MUTOs and see how their respective anatomies shape up against actual animals. Aside from being skyscraper-size, nuclear-power monsters, their anatomical design and behaviour actually compare quite well with that of real animals. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #godzilla   #kaiju   #MUTO   #biology   #anatomy  

Kaiju Anatomy
In this extensive post, anatomist/palaeontologist/pterosaur expert Mark Witton looks at Godzilla and MUTOs and see how their respective anatomies shape up against actual animals. Aside from being skyscraper-size, nuclear-power monsters, their anatomical design and behaviour actually compare quite well with that of real animals. To find out more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #godzilla   #kaiju   #MUTO   #biology   #anatomy  ___

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2014-05-24 00:26:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Much like +Jamie Kilstein, I've never watched an episode of Mad Men. But strangely enough, I feel as if I have gotten a much better understanding of the show now that I've seen this...

Much like +Jamie Kilstein, I've never watched an episode of Mad Men. But strangely enough, I feel as if I have gotten a much better understanding of the show now that I've seen this...___

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2014-05-20 22:15:11 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Grave Diggers
If you have followed my posts for a while, then you'd realise host-manipulating parasites (or "zombie-makers" as I like to call them sometimes) are everywhere - and they do extraordinary things to their hosts, making them act against their own interest for the good of their parasite handler. But not all host are equal and not all host fall under the spell of parasite in quite the same way. In this post, +Ed Yong writes about a new study on a parasitoid fly that forces its bee host to dig their own grave, but as you will see, not all bees are equally obedient to their parasitic controller.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday  

Grave Diggers
If you have followed my posts for a while, then you'd realise host-manipulating parasites (or "zombie-makers" as I like to call them sometimes) are everywhere - and they do extraordinary things to their hosts, making them act against their own interest for the good of their parasite handler. But not all host are equal and not all host fall under the spell of parasite in quite the same way. In this post, +Ed Yong writes about a new study on a parasitoid fly that forces its bee host to dig their own grave, but as you will see, not all bees are equally obedient to their parasitic controller.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #entomology   #parasitismeveryday  ___

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2014-05-20 03:01:25 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Killer Sponges From The Deep!
It sounds like something from a B-horror movie, but deep sea carnivorous sponges are very real. While not at all deadly to us since it lives in the deep sea and prey on tiny crustaceans, they are a fascinating group of organisms. Earlier today, I was on the local radio talking about these killer sponges, and I suggested that perhaps there should be a special episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, where his cousin from the Deep Sea visits Bikini Bottom - in it, SpongeBob's cousin  ends up murdering  and eating everyone - maybe a kind of SpongeBob meets _Hannibal _crossover/spin-off...
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #deepsea   #sponge  

Killer Sponges From The Deep!
It sounds like something from a B-horror movie, but deep sea carnivorous sponges are very real. While not at all deadly to us since it lives in the deep sea and prey on tiny crustaceans, they are a fascinating group of organisms. Earlier today, I was on the local radio talking about these killer sponges, and I suggested that perhaps there should be a special episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, where his cousin from the Deep Sea visits Bikini Bottom - in it, SpongeBob's cousin  ends up murdering  and eating everyone - maybe a kind of SpongeBob meets _Hannibal _crossover/spin-off...
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #marinelife   #marinebiology   #deepsea   #sponge  ___

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