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2013-03-13 08:28:32 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I blogged about our stall at the launch event of the Oxfordshire Science Festival last Saturday. 

Most reshares: 3

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2013-06-03 22:50:21 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

More 3D prints of viruses. These prints are golf-ball size (5cm in diameter) and show an Astrovirus (left) and Adenovirus (right). The size of virus models are 1.6 and 0.5 million times (respectively) their actual size.

Most plusones: 11

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2013-06-03 22:50:21 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

More 3D prints of viruses. These prints are golf-ball size (5cm in diameter) and show an Astrovirus (left) and Adenovirus (right). The size of virus models are 1.6 and 0.5 million times (respectively) their actual size.

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2014-02-17 19:39:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If you live near Oxford UK, come and have a go yourself! 

More info: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/live-friday-at-the-ashmolean/

This is an image of a section of bone taken with a Samsung Galaxy S4! A great test run for our mobile microscope stand for the Brookes 150/Ashmolean Live Friday event (March 14th). #livefriday #brookes150 #brookesmicroscopy___If you live near Oxford UK, come and have a go yourself! 

More info: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/news/live-friday-at-the-ashmolean/

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2014-01-19 22:38:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Louise wrote a nice summary about our recent school microscopy workshop at Oxford Brookes University. 

Coloured SEM image showing the surface of Iris pollen. 

Oxford Brookes hosted a group of students from the Oxford Academy this morning. Part of their visit involved looking at flowers, the reproductive organs in the flowers and pollen using light microscopy. This was followed by demonstrations on our research microscopes,  +Anne Osterrieder showing them the confocal laser scanning microscopes while I demonstrated electron microscopy. this image was taken during the session and was coloured this afternoon. 

One thing I enjoy about talking to and showing younger students the microscopes is the interesting questions we end up getting asked, as well as the remarkable tangents the conversations are likely to take. Ghosts was one such unexpected topic, in between talking about human parasites, cells in the eye and live images from the microscopes showing pollen. Certainly an interesting morning. :)___Louise wrote a nice summary about our recent school microscopy workshop at Oxford Brookes University. 

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2013-10-01 12:29:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"An oozing, blob engulfs Tokyo. Mindlessly, it rapidly spreads, overcoming the surrounding cities in less than a day. Although this sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie, in another example of life being stranger than fiction, it was actually part of an experiment conducted back in 2009. Fortunately for the citizens of the great Japanese metropolis, Tokyo was represented by a miniature model on an agar plate. Further, the slimy blob was not the creation of some comic book super-villain, but in fact a species of slime mould, Physarum polycephalum."

Guest post on the Plant Scientist blog by Stuart King. 

"An oozing, blob engulfs Tokyo. Mindlessly, it rapidly spreads, overcoming the surrounding cities in less than a day. Although this sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie, in another example of life being stranger than fiction, it was actually part of an experiment conducted back in 2009. Fortunately for the citizens of the great Japanese metropolis, Tokyo was represented by a miniature model on an agar plate. Further, the slimy blob was not the creation of some comic book super-villain, but in fact a species of slime mould, Physarum polycephalum."

Guest post on the Plant Scientist blog by Stuart King. ___

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2013-09-30 21:22:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Our YouTube channel 'Musical Cells' now has its own Google+ page. Check it out if you like quirky cell biology music videos made by scientists and musicians! 

Our YouTube channel 'Musical Cells' now has its own Google+ page. Check it out if you like quirky cell biology music videos made by scientists and musicians! ___

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2013-07-05 16:40:34 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Should scientists use social media for work purposes? What types of content can researchers put online and how can they make it reach even further? How to engage students via Twitter? How do you manage information overload?

I blogged about the workshop that I ran together with Dr Jeremy Pritchard for the Society for Experimental Biology's main meeting. 

Should scientists use social media for work purposes? What types of content can researchers put online and how can they make it reach even further? How to engage students via Twitter? How do you manage information overload?

I blogged about the workshop that I ran together with Dr Jeremy Pritchard for the Society for Experimental Biology's main meeting. ___

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2013-07-05 16:38:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Prof M Dolores Rodriguez spoke at the Society for Experimental Biology's Women in Science dinner about the 'evolution' of communication in science. 

Do you still remember the first computers and how you sent manuscripts by post? Or did you not even realise that there once was a time without Google? Check out my write-up of this session to find out how advances in technology have affected science or to enjoy a bit of nostalgia. Maybe you'd like to share your memories here?

Prof M Dolores Rodriguez spoke at the Society for Experimental Biology's Women in Science dinner about the 'evolution' of communication in science. 

Do you still remember the first computers and how you sent manuscripts by post? Or did you not even realise that there once was a time without Google? Check out my write-up of this session to find out how advances in technology have affected science or to enjoy a bit of nostalgia. Maybe you'd like to share your memories here?___

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2013-07-03 20:51:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This week I am live-blogging from the Society for Experimental Biology's annual meeting in Valencia. Here is a summary of the opening session, 'Science with Impact'. 

This week I am live-blogging from the Society for Experimental Biology's annual meeting in Valencia. Here is a summary of the opening session, 'Science with Impact'. ___

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2013-06-28 17:07:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is a transcript of my three minute presentation at Science Oxford’s closing down event  ’Science Oxford versus the Rest of the World’. I drew the images with the iPad app ‘Paper by Fifty Three‘.

This is a transcript of my three minute presentation at Science Oxford’s closing down event  ’Science Oxford versus the Rest of the World’. I drew the images with the iPad app ‘Paper by Fifty Three‘.___

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2013-06-04 23:04:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here is a sonnet about the Golgi apparatus, written by Tara Tai.

Here is a sonnet about the Golgi apparatus, written by Tara Tai.___

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2013-06-03 22:50:21 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

These scientific 3D prints are so cool! I was lucky to be able to hold them in real life this morning. :)

More 3D prints of viruses. These prints are golf-ball size (5cm in diameter) and show an Astrovirus (left) and Adenovirus (right). The size of virus models are 1.6 and 0.5 million times (respectively) their actual size.___These scientific 3D prints are so cool! I was lucky to be able to hold them in real life this morning. :)

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2013-05-18 11:50:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

+Martin Zaltz Austwick and I celebrate 'International Fascination of Plants Day' 2013!

+Martin Zaltz Austwick and I celebrate 'International Fascination of Plants Day' 2013!___

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2013-05-15 18:13:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

An opportunity to join an online discussion about 'super wheats'. 

What would your ideal ‘super wheat’ be? · Sense about Science http://ow.ly/l2T9w___An opportunity to join an online discussion about 'super wheats'. 

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2013-05-15 13:09:51 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Science communication is at a tipping point. When workshops receive 700 applications for 50 spots and conference sessions routinely overflow, we know we’re approaching critical mass.  For decades, we’ve making the case for broader engagement. Whether it’s framed as a moral imperative, a financial obligation, or a pragmatic undertaking, the question is settled. “Should we?” Yes. The hard question remains “How?”"

"Science communication is at a tipping point. When workshops receive 700 applications for 50 spots and conference sessions routinely overflow, we know we’re approaching critical mass.  For decades, we’ve making the case for broader engagement. Whether it’s framed as a moral imperative, a financial obligation, or a pragmatic undertaking, the question is settled. “Should we?” Yes. The hard question remains “How?”"___

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2013-05-07 22:35:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

'Visions of the Future' - Saturday 11 May 5 pm, Pegasus Theatre Oxford. 

Eight PhD students and early career researchers from across Health and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences have been working together over the last months. They have explored common ground between their seemingly very different research areas and worked on new and creative ways to communicate their research. They will present the results of their collaboration on Saturday 11 May at 5 pm in the Pegasus Theatre. It'll be a firework of creativity, multimedia, current research and creative writing. There is a 1% chance of costumes.

Please come along! For more information and ticket booking, visit http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/visions-of-the-future/.

Participants:
Health and Life Sciences: Dr Sarah Irons, Dr Clare Rathbone, Petra Kiviniemi
Humanities and Social... more »

'Visions of the Future' - Saturday 11 May 5 pm, Pegasus Theatre Oxford. 

Eight PhD students and early career researchers from across Health and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences have been working together over the last months. They have explored common ground between their seemingly very different research areas and worked on new and creative ways to communicate their research. They will present the results of their collaboration on Saturday 11 May at 5 pm in the Pegasus Theatre. It'll be a firework of creativity, multimedia, current research and creative writing. There is a 1% chance of costumes.

Please come along! For more information and ticket booking, visit http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/visions-of-the-future/.

Participants:
Health and Life Sciences: Dr Sarah Irons, Dr Clare Rathbone, Petra Kiviniemi
Humanities and Social Sciences: Alice Nuttall, Samentha Goethals, Pete Mills, Simon Wilson, Mila Irek. 

Event organised by Dr Niall Munro and myself. 'Amazing Acts' Festival organised by Dr Eleanor Douglass.___

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2013-04-14 21:38:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Thank you for sharing this tag, +Mary Mangan. 

Well, I learned something new today. In addition to #GMO we now have #SMO as a tag for discussing synthetic organisms.___Thank you for sharing this tag, +Mary Mangan. 

2013-04-14 21:33:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Add this circle if you want science in your Google+ stream! 

The Return of the Super Science Circle

Okay, 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 POST___Add this circle if you want science in your Google+ stream! 

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2013-04-14 21:30:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This article provides a lot of food for thought on wider effects of synthetic biology. It uses synthetic production of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin as example, and implications for farmers.

This article provides a lot of food for thought on wider effects of synthetic biology. It uses synthetic production of the anti-malaria drug Artemisinin as example, and implications for farmers.___

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2013-04-09 15:53:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Must-read. Via +Alun Salt.

Heh.___Must-read. Via +Alun Salt.

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2013-04-05 09:04:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Misery Bloggers love company. If like to blog but don't know where to start then what sort of help or advice would you like?

Misery Bloggers love company. If like to blog but don't know where to start then what sort of help or advice would you like?___

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2013-03-13 08:28:32 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I blogged about our stall at the launch event of the Oxfordshire Science Festival last Saturday. 

I blogged about our stall at the launch event of the Oxfordshire Science Festival last Saturday. ___

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2013-03-11 01:03:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I like this astronomy wallpaper. 

I like this astronomy wallpaper. ___

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2013-02-26 16:39:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A journey through the Inner Worlds of carnivorous plants imaged with Optical Projection Tomography, with music from the Dead Sea Apes. Produced by the Coen Group, John Innes Centre, UK. 

A journey through the Inner Worlds of carnivorous plants imaged with Optical Projection Tomography, with music from the Dead Sea Apes. Produced by the Coen Group, John Innes Centre, UK. ___

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2013-02-23 20:54:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

No 7 - Orson Scott Card - really struck a chord with me: 

"“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. "

No 7 - Orson Scott Card - really struck a chord with me: 

"“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. "___

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2013-02-16 20:48:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2013-02-16 10:03:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Nice post by +Alun Salt about 'gifts from heaven'. 

Nice post by +Alun Salt about 'gifts from heaven'. ___

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2013-02-12 11:52:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is important. 

Plant Viruses DO NOT Infect Mammals
This paper was brought to my attention by Prof. Gary Foster (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/biology/people/gary-d-foster/overview.html) on Twitter. The research group behind it claimed Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) can infect mice lungs. That's what they claimed but that's not what their study actually showed. There are plenty of reasons to not smoke, but being infected with a plant virus is certainly NOT one of them.

Firstly, I must point out that TMV is an extremely stable virus (see the links at the bottom of this post). It can persist in the environment for a very long time and stay infective (to mostly solanaceous plants). When placed in storage at 4°C/40°F, they can remain infectious (to mostly solanaceous plants) after 50 years. And that's how they spread - they are able to persist in the environment and contaminate anything which may come into contact with a host plant. To be able to do that, it must be very stable and not easily altered or destroyed by anything going on around it.

What this research group basically did can be summed up with this:
"Eh, so we got some TMV, stuck 'em in the lungs of some mice, and guess what? When we dissected the mice later, we found TMV in their lungs! Isn't that odd?"

No. As mentioned above, TMV is extremely stable and persistent in the environment. If you stick TMV in the lungs of mice, of course you are going to find TMV in there! Furthermore, the virus did not activate, nor did it infect the mice's cells. The mice with TMV in their lungs showed an immune reaction, but that would happen even if it was some non-biological particulate matter.

After they sacrificed the mice, they mashed up their lungs (which had TMV in them) and dabbed the resulting fluid on some tobacco plant and what do you know, the plants developed a viral infection! Which only goes to show how stable TMV actually is - NOT that the virus infected mice lungs.

Here's the take home message: Plant viruses are plant viruses and they CANNOT infect mammals, or even just animals in general - plants and animals are simply too biologically different for that to happen. 

Here are some reference on the stability (and other aspects) of TMV: 
http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/lessons/viruses/Pages/TobaccoMosaic.aspx
http://extension.psu.edu/plant-disease-factsheets/all-fact-sheets/tobacco-mosaic-virus-in-greenhouses
http://www.plantcell.org/content/11/3/301.full
#biology   #virology   #botany    #scienceeveryday  ___This is important. 

2013-02-08 21:12:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I had no idea that there were different views about colours in the world - colour realism (colours are physical properties of objects) versus colour fictionalism (the world is not coloured). 

I had no idea that there were different views about colours in the world - colour realism (colours are physical properties of objects) versus colour fictionalism (the world is not coloured). ___

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2013-01-30 00:19:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Are you an ecologist with an idea for a cool outreach activity? The British Ecological Society is touring music festivals and would like to hear from you. 

"Winners will be given the opportunity to join the festival team and put their ideas into practice at next summer's top festivals.
(and in case you're wondering - the stall will be manned in two 4-hour shifts, so there'll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the festival and catch some live acts)."

Are you an ecologist with an idea for a cool outreach activity? The British Ecological Society is touring music festivals and would like to hear from you. 

"Winners will be given the opportunity to join the festival team and put their ideas into practice at next summer's top festivals.
(and in case you're wondering - the stall will be manned in two 4-hour shifts, so there'll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the festival and catch some live acts)."___

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2013-01-30 00:15:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Now here is a great recipe for a DNA cocktail! Featuring strawberries, gin - and DNA. 

Now here is a great recipe for a DNA cocktail! Featuring strawberries, gin - and DNA. ___

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2012-12-13 19:15:30 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A 'Gangnam Style' spoof - recorded in a plant lab in Germany! 

A 'Gangnam Style' spoof - recorded in a plant lab in Germany! ___

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2012-12-12 19:29:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-12 19:28:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-09 16:02:44 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here is our last gal­lery with Christmas gift ideas for bio­lo­gists! Giant microbes and Petri dish orna­ments,  micro­scope art and a knit­ted frog dis­sec­tion, what more would you want for Christmas?!

#ScienceSunday  

Here is our last gal­lery with Christmas gift ideas for bio­lo­gists! Giant microbes and Petri dish orna­ments,  micro­scope art and a knit­ted frog dis­sec­tion, what more would you want for Christmas?!

#ScienceSunday  ___

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2012-12-07 18:22:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is a great story by +Chris Gunter, who worked as editor for Nature for several years! 

'People ask me all the time what the job was like. The best analogy I’ve I found is riding the Knight Bus in Harry Potter.'

This is a great story by +Chris Gunter, who worked as editor for Nature for several years! 

'People ask me all the time what the job was like. The best analogy I’ve I found is riding the Knight Bus in Harry Potter.'___

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2012-12-02 14:09:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

New blog post in which I am starting to sum up the highlights of Organellewars. What is that, you ask? You'll have to click and read! 

#ScienceSunday  

New blog post in which I am starting to sum up the highlights of Organellewars. What is that, you ask? You'll have to click and read! 

#ScienceSunday  ___

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2012-12-02 14:04:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I have put together a list of gift ideas for the special plant scientist in your life. :) 

I have put together a list of gift ideas for the special plant scientist in your life. :) ___

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2012-11-27 19:42:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Medicine, Dentistry and - Plant Sciences! 

Medicine, Dentistry and - Plant Sciences! ___

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2012-11-21 08:11:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Prof John Hutchinson and I have written a joint blog post about "self-promotion". 

Prof John Hutchinson and I have written a joint blog post about "self-promotion". ___

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2012-11-17 14:22:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-11-17 14:19:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting blog post by +Alan Cann.

Interesting blog post by +Alan Cann.___

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2012-11-17 14:18:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This looks very interesting. 

This looks very interesting. ___

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2012-11-04 01:03:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Alun Salt is writing an eBook during AcWriMo (academic writing month). He will be documenting the whole process and uploading bits of the book for readers to comment on on our blog. So if you are interested in archaeoastronomy, please have a look! 

+Alun Salt is writing an eBook during AcWriMo (academic writing month). He will be documenting the whole process and uploading bits of the book for readers to comment on on our blog. So if you are interested in archaeoastronomy, please have a look! ___

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2012-10-27 18:26:56 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My colleague Dr John Runions, also known as BBC Oxford's Dr Molecule, writes about the ongoing biology project 'organellewars' - a Twitter-based discussion between highschool freshmen and real scientists. 

My colleague Dr John Runions, also known as BBC Oxford's Dr Molecule, writes about the ongoing biology project 'organellewars' - a Twitter-based discussion between highschool freshmen and real scientists. ___

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2012-10-20 21:33:21 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is a creative classroom biology project which has quickly gone global and created funny organelle catchprases and memes. 

This is a creative classroom biology project which has quickly gone global and created funny organelle catchprases and memes. ___

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2012-10-16 22:00:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"In a major leap forward in this enterprise, today a European planet-hunting team announced their discovery of an alien world about the same mass as Earth. This alone would be noteworthy, for of all the “exoplanets” now known beyond our solar system, only a very few, and very recently, have been shown to at all resemble our own. But there is more to the story. This particular exoplanet resides in a three-day orbit around the dusky orange star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the Sun’s closest neighboring stellar system. There are two other stars in the system as well, the yellow Sun-like star Alpha Centauri A and the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri."

Nice article by Lee Billings.

"In a major leap forward in this enterprise, today a European planet-hunting team announced their discovery of an alien world about the same mass as Earth. This alone would be noteworthy, for of all the “exoplanets” now known beyond our solar system, only a very few, and very recently, have been shown to at all resemble our own. But there is more to the story. This particular exoplanet resides in a three-day orbit around the dusky orange star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the Sun’s closest neighboring stellar system. There are two other stars in the system as well, the yellow Sun-like star Alpha Centauri A and the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri."

Nice article by Lee Billings.___

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2012-10-10 20:08:21 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Do you have five minutes? Read this absolutely fascinating and inspiring interview with +Mateus Mondin  from University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, talking about his research on genetics and epigenetics, biodiversity, climate change and how he became to be a plant scientist.

Do you have five minutes? Read this absolutely fascinating and inspiring interview with +Mateus Mondin  from University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, talking about his research on genetics and epigenetics, biodiversity, climate change and how he became to be a plant scientist.___

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