Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • The “clockwork orange” Earth

    So a paper I was on got some press this week… and for a change it was a paper that I wanted to get some attention. It contained, ya know… data and stuff. What did it say? Well, it was all about the atmosphere of the Earth at a time when there is had none of the oxygen gas we breathe. If that wasn’t strange enough, there have been proposals (including by yours truly) that it had an “organic haze.” And no… that isn’t just the Whole Foods version of 4loco. Instead, it’s this:

  • FameLab UK Final: 3 PM EST

    Watch the FameLab UK final! It will be aired starting at 3PM EST at the following URL:

    Not sure who’s competing, or how much astrobiology there will be, but it will give you a good idea of what the public event at next month’s AbSciCon will look like.

  • Publishing Your Research 101

    The American Chemical Society just released episode 6 in their excellent “publishing 101″ series. They do this with two videos on the review process. The first is on what editors expect from their reviewers:

    Part 2 explores the relationship between authors and reviewers; it covers what authors should expect from a review and how they should go about replying to it:

    This whole series is excellent. It began with an interview with George Whitesides, a man so successful at publishing papers that he literally

  • Astrobiology @ National Geographic

    Friday night, we held out last FameLab Astrobiology regional preliminary, with the “regional finals” held at the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium. It was wonderful! We had well over 200 attendees, and they interacted with the performers as they presented science in 3 minutes or less without any slides. National Geographic also provided two judges (Bill Markol and Nikki Lowry) that gave valuable feedback to our contestants throughout the day.

    I also found out more about the National Geographic Explorers program, which gives grants to those doing field work, science education, or conservation… as well as they have specific grants for

  • ScienceHouse Rock

    Remember this? You better…

    School House Rock – “I’m Just a Bill”

    What is this cartoon doing on a science blog? Ask Dr. Linda Billings that question:

    if you are seeking or receiving government funding for your research, then you need to know how government funding works.

    Sometimes I feel like we need to make a “I’m just a budget” cartoon for the science community. We live in a world where people are fighting, and fighting hard, for taxpayer dollars. Some fight to get them spent on defense, some on subsidies, some on education, some