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Open Access Science

Written by: Lauren Dykman “Knowledge is the power that moves the world. Free and accessible knowledge is a force-multiplier to do worldwide good.” These words by MIT Open Access Task Force officer Herng Yi Cheng kicked off the 2018 Open Access Hackathon at MIT. As a computer science novice, I at first wondered if I…

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Navigating a sea of choices: SWMS Symposium

Written by: Christina Hernandez On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the campus of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO) was host to approximately 150 scientists for a symposium of the Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS). The symposium was titled “Navigating a sea of choices in marine science” and focused…

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The erstwhile king of Siluria

A planet shrinking over a few thousand years, wrinkling like an apple. Vast underground caverns filled with seawater that rises to the surface to form oceans. Volcanic eruptions powered by coal beds. All of those sound like ridiculous ideas in this day and age, but just a few hundred years ago, they represented some of…

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Diving in the wake of a hurricane

Written by: Genevieve Flaspohler About the author: Genevieve Flaspohler is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the MIT-WHOI Joint program. She is a member of the WHOI Autonomous Robotics and Perception Laboratory (WARPLab) and researches machine learning and computer vision algorithms for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). She is especially interested in…

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A brief history of the Wide Receiver Functions

Back in 2015, when my cousin set up a fantasy football league for my extended family, I named my first (and only) fantasy football team the “Wide Receiver Functions.” At the time I thought this was rather funny, but I was the only seismologist in the league, so instead of laughter I got confusion. Wide…

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Following snails around the world

Written By: Lauren Dykman Many scientists can link their research interests or career trajectory back to a childhood fascination. The ability to recognize beauty and intrigue in the mundane and every-day is a talent strongest in childhood, and many scientists seem to maintain this ability throughout life. Such a childhood fascination struck me when I…

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Once upon a time, scientists were told they should tell stories…

  If you’ve ever been to/heard/read/seen/smelled even the most basic talks on science communication strategies the one thing you’ve probably been told (over and over) is to tell stories. Perhaps I was born without the apparently universal intuition for what a “story” should be, but I always find it incredibly frustrating that many times the…

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The Superb Owl

  JP’ers were too enthralled searching for the Superb Owl this weekend to write a blog post. Turns out we found some eagles instead… We’ll be back next week!  

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Sketchnoting, or how to tame your thoughts

Shortly after ringing in the New Year, I headed to San Francisco for the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), where scientists gathered to share their most newly acquired knowledge about the behavior, genetics, locomotion, evolution, metabolism, and many other aspects of just about every branch of the tree of…

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