11.20.2017

Which crabs kill birds? Are there more pesticides in food? Find out in our November 13-19 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Awesome things are happening in space, and in Earth's history - but perhaps we should pay more attention to what's happening here now? These themes and many others are covered by picks the ScienceSeeker editors have made of their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

If only nature was all as tough as this. Credit:  JANOS/ISTOCKPHOTO
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11.13.2017

What if China finds aliens? And where should you keep tomatoes? Find out in our Nov 6-12 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

What sends shivers down your spine? Art and music, or maybe the chance of finding aliens? This week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick include these and many other subjects in their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

Credit: June Yarham, used under Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence

Credit: NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory
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11.06.2017

How old is life? Could we drink the ocean more easily? Find out in our Oct 30-Nov 5 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm





In the world of science, poop can be data, and we can tell when wine has too much water. This week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick include these and many other subjects in their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Image credit Hilda Bastian, used under CC BY-NC-ND license

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11.03.2017

When scientists disagree: 5 (or 6) steps to understanding scientific controversy

With real scientists, the gloves are off. Credit: Ryan McGuire/StockSnap
by Gaia Cantelli, PhD

US scientists’ research on how to promote healthy eating in schools is deeply flawed, watchdog researchers have found. The original studies gained much media attention, secured millions of dollars in funding and are being implemented in thousands in schools. But independent scientists have found that they are filled with problems, including mathematical impossibilities and duplications. 

If you ever look up scientific theories online, it won’t be long until you encounter at least one story like this. Because science is a living subject and constantly evolving, scientists will inevitably disagree and controversy will arise. Choosing who to believe when you are not a subject expert yourself is tricky and confusing, especially if you are trying to use science to make an important decision. Here are 5 (or maybe 6) steps you might want to consider to make up your mind.

10.30.2017

How does cannabis work? Should we worry about space rocks? Find out in our Oct 23-29 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

This week we have welcomed a visitor from beyond our solar system - but contrary to what many reports would have you think it's nothing to fear! This week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick include these and many others in their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Asteroid A/2017 U1's path Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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10.23.2017

Could Blade Runner be real soon? What links Star Wars & sperm? Find out in our Oct 16-22 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

This has been a week of cataclysmic and fascinating space-themed findings - including a surprising link between sperm and Star Wars! This week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick include these and many others in their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

Star Wars influences reproductive research in a surprising way 
Pollution.org shows the level of pollution near you
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10.16.2017

What do dogs dream of? How much sleep do we need? Find out in our October 9-15 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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10.09.2017

What has inter-species sex done to us? How will Earth end? Find out in our October 2-8 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

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10.02.2017

What's behind Alzheimer's? What controls appetite? Find out in our September 25-October 1 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
By Compound Interest, used under Creative Commons licence.
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9.29.2017

Five tips on using science to live a better, healthier life

Image credit Thomas_H_photo, used via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0 licence
by Gaia Cantelli, PhD

You have just woken up. You check your phone and have a look at the news. What do you see? Most days, a key headline will have something to do with science – and with good reason. We live in what many consider a golden age of discovery. Science is making advances we never thought possible and is helping us work out problems we never thought could be solved. We can look for water in outer space, use light-activated nanoparticles to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria and use drugs to correct errors in our DNA to fend off deadly genetic diseases.

However, that’s only one side of the coin. At least half of the science news seems to be urgently pointing at a new problem. Just over the past few weeks, even the most casual news-readers could have found themselves worrying about involuntarily increasing their risk of getting breast or lung cancer by doing apparently healthy things like going outside and taking vitamins. You may have been stressing about compromising your heart’s health by sitting too much or being too tall. And that’s before you’ve even gotten out of bed!

So how can you use science to make more informed decisions? Here are a few pointers to empower you to make a change.

9.25.2017

Why Mexico had quakes, diet & inflammation, & virus-laden semen, in our September 18-24 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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9.18.2017

What's in our tap water and babies' teething tablets? Find out in our September 11-17 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Great photography via Natural History Museum
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9.15.2017

Do your research! Six ways to find science you can trust online

by Gaia Cantelli, PhD

Credit: Tim Abbott, used via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License
If you wanted to know more about a medical condition would you take a trip to the library and pore over medical textbooks? Of course not, you’d look it up on your phone while you’re still in your doctor’s waiting room.

Looking up things online is essentially second nature for most of us – but do you ever worry if you can trust what you find? Most of us get all our information from the Internet – and science and medicine have been made far more accessible by the Internet and mobile phones. It’s incredibly convenient, but it is also a minefield of potential misinformation, misunderstanding and, even worse, fraud. How can we know if we can trust what we see online? Here are some of my best pointers to use this amazing resource to obtain reliable and relevant information – especially when it comes to science and medicine.

9.11.2017

Warming & hurricanes; gluten-free diet & diabetes; testosterone & poor choices: Sept. 4-10 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
The September 6 Solar Flare Credit: NASA/GODDARD/SDO
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9.04.2017

Find out vital info about hurricanes, nukes, cancer and more in our August 28-September 3 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

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8.28.2017

How do ligers fit in evolution? Does life need a planet? Find out in our August 21-27 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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8.21.2017

The essentials: The eclipse, whisky and the origin of life, all in our August 14-20 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:

Compound Interest on climate archaeology
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8.14.2017

What are dogs thinking? Can we trust self-driving cars? Find out in our August 7-13 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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8.07.2017

Prepare for the upcoming eclipse and learn about embryo editing in our July 31-August 6 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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7.31.2017

What are coffee's benefits? Where might alien life hide? Find out in our July 24-30 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Young Martian volcanoes could have supported life
Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Arizona State University Wikimedia
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7.24.2017

The secrets of good sex and reading people's minds in their eyes are among the July 17-23 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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7.17.2017

Why are we conscious? Can you pull things out of a black hole? Find out in our July 10-16 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Credit: NASA/SwRI/MSSS
Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Credit: NASA/SwRI/MSSS
Image copyright Compound Interest, used via Creative Commons license.
Image copyright Compound Interest, used via Creative Commons license.
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7.10.2017

How does Nature inspire us? How does marijuana work? The answers are among our July 3-9 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
How a Jupiter-type planet might form. Credit: ESO/L. Caláada
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7.03.2017

Find out what you must know about chocolate, coconut oil & shampoo in our June 26-July 2 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
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6.26.2017

Which cute turtles need help? Why are babies born at 8am? It's all in our June 19-25 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
Bog turtles are falling foul of the pet trade. Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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6.19.2017

Which creatures are unlikely tool-users? What has the newest robo-chef been making? Find out in our June 12-18 2017 #sciseekpicks #scicomm

Each week, the ScienceSeeker editors pick their favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is a round-up of the Science Seeker Editors’ Selections for the past week:
A visualization from the story above, of the different types of diamond-like linkages (red spheres) formed at curved surfaces or between the layers of graphene (black spheres) in this new type of compressed glassy carbon. Image provided courtesy of Timothy Strobel.
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