Margaret Wertheim’s Ted talk about the Crochet Coral Reef project

by meanlouise April 2, 2014 art

The Institute for Figuring posted this exciting note on facebook yesterday: IFF Director, Margaret Wertheim’s, TED Talk about our Crochet Coral Reef project as an artistic response to global warming, has reached a million views. We’re currently working on a book about the project that will highlight all 30 Crochet Reefs around the world and […]

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Reading is hard, y’all

by meanlouise January 5, 2014 science!

Yesterday, I posted about how puzzling it is that a clearly false story about Jenny McCarthy recanting her anti-vaccinating ways has caught fire on facebook. Apparently, the New York Daily News couldn’t be bothered to look at the date on, or even read, that old Time Magazine article, either. Although the use the word “suggests” […]

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Jenny McCarthy and the Sports Pig

by meanlouise January 4, 2014 science!

That sounds like the title of the worst children’s book ever written. I’ve been mostly off the grid for the last few weeks, so I was surprised to see links to a 3 year old post about Jenny McCarthy at something called The Sports Pig’s Blog were sprouting on facebook like mushrooms. “Jenny McCarthy: My […]

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ScienceOnline Climate – a few links

by meanlouise August 19, 2013 anthropology

Last week I went skipping off to the amazing and fun ScienceOnline Climate Conference for a few days. My scholarship focuses in large part on the ways knowledge about science, nature, and health are produced, deployed, understood, and/or acted on. My primary goal in attending this event was to get a better understanding of how […]

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John Oliver on Shark Week

by meanlouise August 8, 2013 science!

“Sharks, Lies & Videotape” – The Daily Show, August 7, 2013.

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Shark Weak

by meanlouise August 5, 2013 science!

Megalodon fossil cast, image by MeanLouise. edited at 8:20 p.m. to update some links. The Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week opened last night with a pseudo-documentary that is so abysmal that the words “fraudulent” and “bullshit” and “lies” are among the kinder assessments I’ve seen thus far. And I haven’t even looked very far. The […]

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day

by meanlouise October 16, 2012 science!

Today is Ada Lovelace Day. What’s that? You ask. Here’s a short and sweet answer: Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women in […]

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“OMG we built a robot kangaroo!”

by meanlouise April 2, 2012 academia

This is painfully funny, because it’s so very true. Adam Ruben – “How to Write Like a Scientist.”

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Next to Rick & Rush, my neighbor’s dog looks like a genius

by meanlouise June 10, 2011 politics

“Rick Santorum is Not Fooled by that “Science” Stuff”

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Studio 360: Godfather of Bacteria

by meanlouise February 6, 2011 art

I like Studio 360. (My favorite episode of all-time is still an episode from 2008, “Nikola Tesla: Strange Genius.” It wasn’t the point of this post, but I’m going to embed it, just because I can). The astounding mad scientist life of Nikola Tesla. Just who was this pioneer of radio, radar, and wireless communication? […]

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