Astronomy

The Year in Astronomy 2013 Announcement

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013

Boy oh boy has it been an exciting year in space science and astronomy! To celebrate these events and anticipate what will be happening in 2014, Tony Darnell and I will be hosting...

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Biology

The Hallmarks of Cancer: 4 – Limitless Replicative Potential

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013

This post originally appeared on the Scientific American Guest Blog. The Hallmarks of Cancer are ten underlying principles shared by all cancers. The previous Hallmark of Cancer...

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Broadcasts

Crowdfunding for Research and the SciFund Challenge

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014

Yesterday Scott and I co-hosted our first Hangout on Air for 2014 by joining up with Science on Google+ and SciFund. Joining us was Alisa Woods from Clarkson University, a...

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Open Access

How to Build an Eye – Nature’s Toolkit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013

I came across a paper today with this fantastic image that I simply had to write about. Its another Open Access paper, published in PLOS Biology. The image shows an eye from a...

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Recent Posts

What Are Hubble’s Greatest Images?

What Are Hubble’s Greatest Images?

Aug 13, 2013

Earlier, the Office of Public Outreach team from the Space Telescope Science Institute held another Hubble Hangout to discuss what are the Greatest Images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Alberto Conti, Tony Darnell and I were the hosts, along with an all-star collection of guests to share their favorites with the world....

More Hubble Hangouts!

More Hubble Hangouts!

Aug 12, 2013

It’s already the 33rd week of 2013, and we have not one, but two Hubble Hangouts this week! Hubble Hangouts are Google+ Events created by the Hubble Space Telescope outreach team from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. These live events are broadcast video conferences where the audience can interact with the hosts and guests on...

The Knockout Mouse

The Knockout Mouse

Aug 12, 2013

An explanation of how scientists are able to create designer animals with bits of their genetic code removed. This technique was developed in mice, and the mice are known as ‘knockout mice’. The technique has become invaluable in the life sciences that the discoverers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007.

Virtual Star Party | 04 Aug 2013

Virtual Star Party | 04 Aug 2013

Aug 4, 2013

The Virtual Star Party is live for the 4th of August, 2013! Joining us today is a special guest– Kevin Nelson from Quantum Scientific Imaging! Our fantastic group of astronomers are Gary Gonella, Stuart Forman, Mike Phillips, Daryll Van Gaal, Chris Elliott, and Roy...

Touching the Sky: Visit to Mauna Kea Summit

Touching the Sky: Visit to Mauna Kea Summit

Aug 4, 2013

“Yay! It’s finally done, your flights are booked!” I exclaimed over a Google+ Hangout with Scott Lewis. “Now we plan what we will do during your time here…Oooh we have to go up to Mauna Kea!” We both grinned excitedly at each other. This was an adventure that Scott and I had been planning ever since his visit to Hawaii was...

Walking on the newest land on Earth

Walking on the newest land on Earth

Aug 4, 2013

The airlines had messed up and my flight was cancelled, leaving me with two more days until I could return home. Though I wasn’t really looking forward to going back to Los Angeles, I had not expected this turn of events to put me in a place where I would trek 12 kilometers in order to pull lava out from the Earth. I finish packing up my backpack....

Space Fan News! Ep. 106

Space Fan News! Ep. 106

Aug 3, 2013

Tony Darnell asked me to cover for him on Space Fan News while he was out on vacation. I had an amazing time researching, recording and editing the video for the episode– though it was definitely a challenge compared to my typical live broadcasts. In this edition I discussed star clusters and galaxy clusters. Their press releases can be found below: New...

Comet ISON with Galaxies

Comet ISON with Galaxies

Jul 26, 2013

If there’s one thing that’s been on a lot of space fans’ minds lately, it’s Comet ISON. Since its discovery in late September of 2012, speculation has been abundant as to what type of show ISON will provide us as it approaches the Sun and then (hopefully) makes its closest approach on its way back to the outer solar system.  Zolt Levay...