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Jean Potter

Scientists @ the Smithsonian - 57 views

    Smithosonian battles the stereotypes often associated with scientists by featuring 20 scientist with interviews, job descriptions, and additional resources.
Martin Burrett

My Favourite Scientist - 105 views

    This is a great video site showing the life and careers of famous scientists. Find out about Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, Gregor Mendel and even Mister Spock in interviews with scientists in their field today.
Martin Burrett

How Do Scientists Think? by @johnkaiser13 - 10 views

    "Of course, I have always held the opinion that we are all still scientists in our own unique manner.  In light of that, I have chosen to write about how I think on this blog post.  There are two main types of blog posts on this site to 'demystify the life of a scientist'.  The first deals with large numbers or various statistics reported in the popular news with no real context provided."
Jay Swan

The Scientist Video Awards: 2009 - 39 views

    From site: "We reveal the winners of our first The Scientist Video Awards, picked by professional judges and our readers. You can watch the winning videos and runners-up below, and read comments from our professional judges about what makes each video great."

The Must-Have Skills You Need to Become a Data Scientist - Burtch Works - 23 views

    "The Must-Have Skills You Need to Become a Data Scientist"
Martin Burrett

'Doing science,' rather than 'being scientists,' more encouraging to girls - 6 views

    "Asking young girls to "do science" leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to "be scientists," finds a new psychology study by researchers at New York University and Princeton University. "Describing science as actions, by saying 'let's do science,' leads to more science engagement than does describing science in terms of identities, by asking them to 'be scientists'" explains Marjorie Rhodes, an associate professor in NYU's Department of Psychology and the senior author of the study, which appears in the journal Psychological Science. "These effects particularly hold for children who are the target of stereotypes suggesting that they might not be the kind of person who succeeds in science-in this case, girls," she adds."
Martin Burrett

The Naked Scientists - 134 views

    The Naked Scientists site is an amazing place for everyone who loves science. Find ideas, fascinating information, experiments and a weekly science podcast and archives going back over ten years. The Naked Scientists also have a weekly show/podcast on BBC Radio 5 live along with the wonderful Dr Karl at
Holly Barlaam

How Scientists See the World - 109 views

    really cute comic about how scientists view things
Jac Londe

Scientists make quantum breakthrough - 25 views

  • Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that atoms can be guided in a laser beam and possess the same properties as light guided in an optical communications fiber.
  • Abstract Speckle patterns produced by multiple independent light sources are a manifestation of the coherence of the light field. Second-order correlations exhibited in phenomena such as photon bunching, termed the Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect, are a measure of quantum coherence. Here we observe for the first time atomic speckle produced by atoms transmitted through an optical waveguide, and link this to second-order correlations of the atomic arrival times. We show that multimode matter-wave guiding, which is directly analogous to multimode light guiding in optical fibres, produces a speckled transverse intensity pattern and atom bunching, whereas single-mode guiding of atoms that are output-coupled from a Bose–Einstein condensate yields a smooth intensity profile and a second-order correlation value of unity. Both first- and second-order coherence are important for applications requiring a fully coherent atomic source, such as squeezed-atom interferometry.
  • Australian National University
Martin Burrett

Famous Scientists - 104 views

    Know your Einstein from your Eddington with this fascinating site that profiles some of the greatest scientists.
Randy Yerrick

Wendy Hawkins: Let them be scientists - 20 views

    The key to inspiring children to pursue science can be found in the curious and inquisitive spirit we all tap into as we first discover the world. Wendy Hawkins demonstrates why we need to inject a more experimental approach into our science curriculum to ensure that we stay connected to the scientist in all of us.
Bill Kuykendall

Your Brain on Computers - Attached to Technology and Paying a Price - - 55 views

  • Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.
  • “The technology is rewiring our brains,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and one of the world’s leading brain scientists. She and other researchers compare the lure of digital stimulation less to that of drugs and alcohol than to food and sex, which are essential but counterproductive in excess.
  • While many people say multitasking makes them more productive, research shows otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information, scientists say, and they experience more stress.
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  • The nonstop interactivity is one of the most significant shifts ever in the human environment,
Roland Gesthuizen

'Dance Your Ph.D.' Finalists Announced - ScienceNOW - 49 views

  • Over the past 3 years, scientists from around the world have teamed up to create dance videos based on their graduate research.
    "The dreaded question. "So, what's your Ph.D. research about?" You could bore them with an explanation. Or you could dance. That's the idea behind "Dance Your Ph.D." Over the past 3 years, scientists from around the world have teamed up to create dance videos based on their graduate research. This year's contest, launched in June by Science, received 45 brave submissions. "
    What a great idea, to dance your way to new understandings and thinking :-)
Jac Londe

Scientists capture first direct images of theoretically predicted magnetic monopoles - 19 views

  • first direct images of
  • magnetic monopoles
  • Image representing 12 micrometer x 12 micrometer of artificial magnetic metamaterial where monopoles can be seen at each end of the Dirac strings, visible as dark lines. The dark regions correspond to magnetic islands where the magnetization is reversed. (Image courtesy of Paul Scherrer Institute)
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  • “Some of the most important theories explaining how quantum matter behaves in the universe are based on their existence, but they have eluded direct imaging since they were first theoretically conceived in the 1930s.”
  • “A magnetic monopole is a ‘hypothetical’ particle that is a magnet with only one single magnetic pole,” says UCD Theoretical Physicist, Professor Hans-Benjamin Braun from the UCD School of Physics, who co-led the study with Dr Laura Heyderman from the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.
  • Initially conceived by the British-Swiss theoretical physicist Dirac in 1931, monopoles were proposed to occur as emergent quasiparticles in so called pyrochlore spin-ice systems by Castelnovo, Moessner and Sondhi in 2008.
A Gardner

Scientists on Twitter - Astronomers, Biologists, and Chemists, and more - Science Pond - 95 views

    This is a great resource for my class!!!! The "follow" link did not work...but I used the @sciencepond twitter page to find a plethora of scientists on Twitter. What a great find!
Bridget Kyi

Video - 47 views

    Website from Scripps Institute of Oceanography that has resources including videos of current science and scientists in the field.
Randolph Hollingsworth

How Rude! Reader Comments May Undermine Scientists' Authority - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 26 views

  • people speaking with one another in public have not yet made a similar evolution online
  • Scientists and science writers need to realize the power they have to control their online environments

Treating Failure Like a Scientist - 80 views

    Learning from failure / mistakes can make us more successful
Jac Londe

Confirming Einstein, scientists find 'spacetime foam' not slowing down photons from faraway gamma-ray burst (Update) - 13 views

    One hundred years after Albert Einstein formulated the general theory of relativity, an international team has proposed another experimental proof. In a paper published today in Nature Physics, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Open University of Israel, Sapienza University of ...
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