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[personal profile] sparkymonster is looking for not-textbook-but-more-technical-and-sciency-than-the-usual-popular-science-book book recommendations for her brother here, who requested:
"a book about one of these: planetary geology, life on other planets, astronomy, earth geology. I'd like a book that focuses on the science itself, not the sociology of science, not the cultural history of history. Something like Stephen Hawkins' A Brief History of Time, but not that specifically since I've already read it and probably not another book him."
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"To get a feel for how scientists really think, next time you meet a scientist [...] don't ask her to explain what she does. Ask her what she's trying to figure out." - Dr. Stuart Firestein as quoted in Sandra Blakeslee NYTimes article "To Advance, Search for a Black Cat In a Dark Room" (6/18/12)
Come share your current questions, scientific and otherwise, here.
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New York Times interactive feature Signing Science:
Scientific terms like “organism” and “photosynthesis” have no widely accepted equivalent in sign language, so deaf students and professionals have unexpected hurdles when talking about science. Here, Lydia Callis, a professional sign language interpreter, translates a shortened version of an article by Douglas Quenqua, explaining how new signs are being developed that may enhance scientific learning and communication.

(Via [personal profile] snowynight)

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I was due to start at Derby University this September just gone to do a Master's in Wildlife Conservation, but due to my partner suffering from severe depression and being unable to be left on his own, I was unable to start it. As a result, I am looking for an MSc in a Zoological, Ecological or Paleontological related subject that I can do from home online where the university is based in the UK. I have already looked at the usual suspects for distance learning, the Open University, but they don't offer an MSc in an area that I am interested in. I am also aware of the Oxford University online ecology courses but since the recent fee rise, I've found that these are too expensive (especially if you want them accredited). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and it will stop my BSc (Hons) in Zoology going to waste.
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I'm curious about other scientists reading practises, please inundate me with your experiences and advice about keeping up with the literature!

Sample questions:
How many papers do you read weekly on average?
Do you read papers "thoroughly" or skim for the information you need?
How long does it take you to read a paper generally? (Obviously there's some differences with length/how in depth you are reading it)
Do you read relatively constantly or do you have set periods in the research cycle that you read a lot more?
Do you feel you read "enough"?
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Does anyone have any recommendations for science news sources (mailing lists, websites, etc.) that could provide science current event readings appropriate for middle school students (i.e. grades 6 - 8, ~ages 10-13)?
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Hey, remember the Voyager Space Probe? It was launched in 1977 as a message in a bottle to possible intelligent life out in deep space. It carries pictures and recordings of life on Earth and an interstellar map which points the way back here.

It was also featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

35 years later...

Indications are it's reached the edge of the solar system.

Which is a neat and practical little reminder that space is really, really big.
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The crazy landing went off without a hitch and Curiosity has already sent back images!



NASA TV will have a post-landing press conference at ETA 11:15PM PST/ 2:15AM EST

Whew! It worked! Two years of martian science, hell yeah!

7000 people worked on this mission from around the world - humans are amazing!

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So I've been a bit obsessed with the Mars Curiosity landing that is happening Sunday night/Monday morning and I thought I'd share the love.

Where to watch the landing:
NASA TV streaming online
NASA TV schedule

Times Square NYC

When to watch:
Coverage will of course be throughout the day on August 5. The actual landing time is about 1:31 AM Eastern Aug 6/ 10:31 PM Pacific Aug 5 (Time zone converter)


[personal profile] nanila posted a few days ago about how the landing is going to happen. Under the cut is the JPL vid that is crazy and awesome about the crazy awesome the engineers are attempting.

How Curiosity will land, or. the Seven Minutes of Terror )

The science goals of Curiosity are to see if the ingredients to life are present on the surface. She's carrying 176 lbs of science equipment (compared to 11 lbs on Spirit and Opportunity) and will be doing analytical chemistry on the different sedimentary layers in Gale Crater. The video by the American Chemical Society below the cut explains it better than I can.

Chemistry: on Mars! )
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Since Curiosity is soon to make its necessarily complicated landing on the surface of Mars, I thought I’d share the lecture notes I made when I went to the Royal Aeronautical Society (not to be confused with the Royal Astronomical Society) a couple of weeks ago. The lecture was given by Matt Wallace, Lead Systems Engineer for Curiosity at NASA-JPL. It was therefore tech-focused rather than science-focused. Click to read the lecture summary on my personal journal.
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I posted this at my dw but I thought folks here might be interested.

NASA is in the middle of running an Earth Science video contest and they have up available video and images that anyone can use which I thought was a neat resource.

The winner's prize is a spot on a behind the scenes tour at the next Earth Science satellite launch, Landsat Data Continuity Mission in 2013. I got to go to a launch last year and it was pretty fucking amazing, so if you want to go to one, here's a chance.


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The European Space Agency has selected its first L-class mission, the JUICE mission to Jupiter and its Galilean moons.

Here's a quote from the article (from my boss):

"People probably don't realise that habitable zones don't necessarily need to be close to a star - in our case, close to the Sun," explained Prof. Michele Dougherty, a Juice science team member from Imperial College London, UK.

"There are four conditions required for life to form. You need water; you need an energy source - so the ice can become liquid; you need the right chemistry - nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen; and the fourth thing you need is stability - a length of time that allows life to form.

"The great thing about the icy moons in the Jupiter system is that we think those four conditions might exist there; and Juice will tell us if that is the case," she told BBC News.


It's scheduled to launch in 2022. Fingers crossed that I will be working on it then, too!
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Your Brain on Fiction (New York Times opinion piece orig. published 3/17)
Researchers have long known that the “classical” language regions, like Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area, are involved in how the brain interprets written words. What scientists have come to realize in the last few years is that narratives activate many other parts of our brains as well, suggesting why the experience of reading can feel so alive. Words like “lavender,” “cinnamon” and “soap,” for example, elicit a response not only from the language-processing areas of our brains, but also those devoted to dealing with smells.
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I have a post up at my journal soliciting recommendations for good science-related audiobooks, complete with examples of nonfiction science books I've enjoyed or am planning on reading in the next few months. I'm also interested in fiction with a strong science component (i.e. well researched and accurate to the best of current knowledge when published) and science podcasts.
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Just a general FYI to the comm: I'll be posting semi-regular introductions to different aspects of neurobiology for the next two months under the tag 'science writings' at my journal [personal profile] jjhunter. I intend to focus mostly on synaptic plasticity (cellular neurobiology) with occasional forays into chemistry and the physical sciences, but will tailor it as much as possible to an educated non-specialist audience. Would such posts be of interest here? i.e. should I post a link to the comm whenever I post a new one or should I consider this post sufficient notice of the project and leave it at that?
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Note: We originally posted to [community profile] create_my_comm about this, and [personal profile] yvi said there that it was all right to advertise and ask for moderators here, as well. Thank you, [personal profile] yvi!

We've been waiting two years for the username [community profile] stringtheory to be purged so that it could be used for a community about string theory in all its forms (superstring theory, string field theory, M-theory, bosonic string theory, etc.)

We weren't thinking it would have to be anything overly technical—more like a place where people could read about the latest related scientific news and talk about it, or discuss string theory-influenced fictional universes, or even just mentions of string theory wherever you find it. Somewhere to be supergeeky and have fun!

The problem: we're disabled, and our severe fatigue issues mean we don't make a very good moderator on our own. We'd have some days of Extreme Activity followed by possibly weeks of not being able to do much of anything at all. So, the only way that [community profile] stringtheory can really take off and thrive is if we hand it over to someone else or co-moderate with a few other people.

Is this anything that anyone else would be interested in?
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At 2 PM tomorrow, six ESA astronauts will be released from an eighteen-month simulated journey to 'Mars' and back. It actually took place in a test chamber in Moscow, but it's hoped that the results will help researchers to understand the physical and psychological effects of long manned space missions. The Guardian (UK) article is here.
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I wrote an essay on what it means to 'think like a scientist'. If you have a moment or two to read through it, I'd love to hear what you think, and whether it matches up to your personal conception of the scientific mindset.

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