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Monthly Archives: February 2012

I just found a new site that ROCKS! It is called "This is what a scientist looks like!" and the name says it all.

Scientists from any/all disciplines are invited to post images of themselves to challenge the stereotypical image of the white male scientist in a white lab coat with glasses.

Here you will find the pink haired microbiologist mom, the cognitive psychologist who coaches an under 5 soccer team, the sword-weilding anatomist and the tattooed entomologist. I think this site is a good place to start the "thought revolution" that will make the next generation more open to scientists that look like Doctors Mae Jameson and Tyrone Hayes.

Here is a call to action!! Represent!! Whether you are a budding scientist in high school, an undergraduate working in a laboratory, a graduate student out in the field or a bona fide researcher – let the world know that scientists look like you too!!


(Image © Brad Swonetz/Corbis)

Biofuel production could be a boon for the environment, but there’s still a lot of waste plant material, called lignin, remaining from the process. Now, an enterprising student has found a new use for some of that waste – paving unpaved roads. Living on Earth speaks with Wilson Smith of Kansas State.
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What do hip hop and Darwin have in common? According to rapper, Baba Brinkman, a lot. He’s the man behind The Rap Guide To Evolution, a musical project that finds natural selection in everything from the iPod shuffle, flashy jewelry to the act of rapping itself. Brinkman explains to Living on Earth why he, as a white Canadian, can proudly chant, “I’m A African.

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