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Let’s feed the trolls…science!

Trolls have an insatiable appetite. Let's see how they like science!

Spend enough time on the internet (especially Twitter) and you’re bound to come across trolls– people (usually men) who spend a large portion of their time seeking people out to harass (common favorites seem to include climate scientists, women, social justice advocates, evolutionary scientists, reproductive rights activists, but anyone can find themselves a […]

In defense of information by, of, and for the people

First Lady Michelle Obama on the PBS show Sesame Street, talking about healthy eating. Sesame Street was originally conceived to help give kids from disadvantaged backgrounds the same preparation for Kindergarten that more affluent kids got.

A Muslim teenager who made an electronic clock by hand was arrested this week under suspicion of terrorism. National Geographic was purchased by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Public broadcasting television show Sesame Street partnered with premium cable channel HBO. And meanwhile, every week there’s another “I quit” story from someone leaving academia, citing […]

Are you practicing safe science?

Clearly, we should have had this in the lab. Image courtesy of

Five weeks ago, I completely severed both tendons in my left pinky. I was just about to start working in the lab, training my PhD student on the initial processing of a peat column from our Falkland Islands trip in December. We had bought a large serrated kitchen knife specifically to slice through 1 […]


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