Astronomy

A true “Global Selfie”

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day, a celebration of our home planet and a reminder for everyone to try to change behaviors and become more concerned about the sustainability of our planet’s...

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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

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...

How to Build an Eye – Nature’s Toolkit

How to Build an Eye – Nature’s Toolkit

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 human, mouse, zebrafish and a fruitfly. It also shows what happens when an important gene in eye development, pax6 is mutated. It’s fascinating that despite all these differences...

The Swarming Bacteria

The Swarming Bacteria

Jul 18, 2013

  This is a great bit of research on bacterial biofilms, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (view #OpenAccess  paper here: http://goo.gl/ebS6V). Researchers discovered that bacteria build an intricate network of tunnels within the biofilm that helps them to expand the colony, and that the coordinated self-organization...

Live! Hubble Hangout: Comet ISON

Live! Hubble Hangout: Comet ISON

Jul 17, 2013

Alberto Conti, Tony Darnell & Scott Lewis host the “Hubble Hangout!” on Comet ISON. Planetary Scientists discuss the approach, Hubble’s observations, and what we’re expected to learn. More information about Comet ISON and Hubble Space Telescope can be found on the new Comet ISON blog...

Hubble Hangout: Comet ISON

Hubble Hangout: Comet ISON

Jul 16, 2013

Join the Hubble Space Telescope team from the Space Telescope Science Institute for another “Hubble Hangout” on Google+! On 17 July 2013, Dr. Alberto Conti, Tony Darnell and myself will be hosting the next episode of Hubble Hangout about Comet ISON. Joining us are Max Mutchler, Dr. Bonnie Meinke, and Dr. Jian-Yang Li to allow further discussion...

Interview with Amy Robinson – 16 June, 2013

Interview with Amy Robinson – 16 June, 2013

Jun 12, 2013

Ever wonder what it’s like to give a TEDx talk? How about working at MIT? How exciting is it working on a project that allows people from across the world to map neuron through a video game? These are but a few questions that my co-host Buddhini Samarasinghe and I will be asking Amy Robinson on the 16th of June. Buddhini and I will be together in San...

VSP Photo Contest Winners

VSP Photo Contest Winners

May 29, 2013

M45 – Mike Rector M104 – Cory Schmitz Solar Eclipse – Kevin Franklin Luna – Russell Bateman Comet Lemmon – Paul Stewart IC1848 – Steven Coates Jupiter Comet PANSTARRS – Russ Vallelunga In the second week of May, we at the Virtual Star Party on Google+ decided to hold a contest. Every week, we have a live show where we...

Nano World — G+ Hangout On Air with Jon Hiller

Nano World — G+ Hangout On Air with Jon Hiller

Mar 24, 2013

Buddhini Samarasinghe and I are hosting a live Google+ Hangout on air with electron microscopist Jon Hiller! We’re discussing the amazing science he performs, what got him interested in science to begin with… plus some live imaging of the Allende Meteorite and more!