5.20.2019

Why should your kids play D&D? Where did all the plutonium come from? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of May 13 - May 19, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's best from the world of science news, find out why quantum physics is wrong (but still useful) and browse the many excellent articles this week covering the latest on climate change. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourselves, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
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5.13.2019

Where does gold come from? Why are researchers teaching computers to fear? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of May 6 - May 12, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's ScienceSeeker picks, discover how Swiss cheese can be used to solve maths problems and why you should avoid giving people bad news if you want to be popular.  ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourselves, and indulge your scientific curiosity?
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5.06.2019

How many megabytes of memory do you need to learn a new language? What is the environmental impact of laundry? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of April 29 - May 5, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's ScienceSeeker picks, discover the strange history of the uranium cube from the Nazi nuclear program and find out the chances that LIGO saw a black hole and a neutron star collide. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourselves, and indulge your scientific curiosity? 
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4.29.2019

What's shaking on the Red Planet? Who would win a fight between a shark and a killer whale? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of April 22 - April 28, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

This week's best and brightest from the world of science news includes several stories surrounding climate change and the Extinction Rebellion movement that has been heavily featured in the media. Also uncover the science behind the sound of knitting and find out how AI could improve mental health. Many other important topics are covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:

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4.22.2019

What was the first molecule in the universe? How long do neutrons live? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of April 15 - April 21, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

An 'Ecology in the cities' theme has emerged this week, with many excellent posts exploring what effects our most inhabited areas have on the wildlife that live there. Find this and many other important topics covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
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4.15.2019

What does a black hole look like? Why is Russia releasing 100 whales? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of April 8 - April 14, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's best from the world of science communication, find out more about Ariana Grande's recent PTSD brain scan, and discover how likely flying taxis are in the future. Find these and many other important topics covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
Watching a battery discharge through employing synchrotron X-ray scattering.
Credit: Operando monitoring the nanometric morphological evolution of TiO2 nanoparticles in a Na-ion battery by Santoro et al., 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtener.2018.08.005
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4.08.2019

Which animals talk with their pee? Which new electronic device has been approved to beat depression? Which of our articles this week is an April Fools'? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of April 1 - April 7, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this weeks' picks, a break from the norm as one of our articles is entirely nonsense in honour of April Fools'. See if you can guess which it is - answer provided below! On top of that discover new research supporting the well-known fact that cats are a**holes and why trying to forget something is so hard. Find these and many other important topics covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
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The April Fools article is the Hakai Magazine article about Gossiping Whales!

4.04.2019

Announcing the Winners of the Science Seeker Awards 2019!

Without further ado, here are the winners of the ScienceSeeker Awards 2019! Thanks go out to everyone who entered.

As a reminder, there were nine categories, from each of which we selected winners We then picked the overall winner from among the winners from each category. The winners in each category were:
  • General science posts and graphics: Including posts from sites that correspond to our art, photography, general science and science communication bundles. Winner: Niranjana Krishnan at EnTox Simplified for Rachel Carson's Legacy
  • Cells and molecules: Including posts from sites that correspond to our biotechnology, cell biology, chemistry, and microbiology bundles. No overall winner.
  • Humanities: Including posts from sites that correspond to our development, economics, ethics, gender, history, language, law, philosophy, policy, political science, religion and atheism, social science and sociology bundles. No overall winner.
  • The environment and our place in it: Including posts from sites that correspond to our anthropology, archaeology, climate science, conservation, evolution, geography, geosciences, oceanography, palaeontology and oceanography bundles. Winner: Christie Wilcox at Science Sushi for When Snails Attack: The Epic Discovery Of An Ecological Phenomenon
  • Health, medicine and brain science: Including posts from sites that correspond to our clinical research, clinical psychology, health, medicine, neuroscience, nutrition, psychiatry, psychology, public health and veterinary medicine bundles. Winner: Arwen Nugteren at Scientia Potentia Est for Coffee or not? A discussion of the science
  • Academia: Including posts from sites that correspond to our academic life, student life, grants, career, education, publishing and library science bundles. No overall winner.   
  • Podcast: Including posts from sites that correspond to our podcast bundle. Winner: David Latchman at The Science Bloggers Podcast for Answering, "Why do we have favorite tunes?" with Hunter Farris (Song Appeal)
  • Physical sciences and technology: Including posts from sites that correspond to our artificial intelligence, astronomy, computer science, energy, engineering, mathematics and physics bundles. Winner: Graham Doskoch at Look Upwards for Was the Milky Way once an active galaxy?
  • Big biology: Including posts from sites that correspond to our behavioural biology, biology, ecology, marine biology and plant science bundles. Winner: Clara Cooper-Mullin at Animals Living With Change for It's fall, so its time to chat about songbird migration in New England! 
And the overall winner is: Christie Wilcox at Science Sushi for When Snails Attack: The Epic Discovery Of An Ecological Phenomenon Congratulations to all the winners! We'll be in touch shortly with badges to show that you won.

Thanks also to the judges, our editors: Jesse Zondervan, Thanassis Psaltis, Antanas Spokas and Mitalki Adlakha

4.01.2019

How heavy is heavy water and what does it taste like? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of March 25 - March 31, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this weeks' picks, ponder the existence of free will and find out how hallucinating mice can help us to better understand our brains. Find these and many other important topics covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:


Sabine Hossenfelder's video on her take on superfluid dark matter.
Well worth a watch. Credit: Sabine Hossenfelder via Youtube.
Watch Michelle Francl's video on the weight and taste of heavy water!
Credit: Michelle Francl via Youtube.
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3.25.2019

How can having a male twin affect your salary? Is matter conscious? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of March 18 - March 24, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this weeks' picks, discover the connection between the 'love chemical' oxytocin and language, and uncover why grapes make fireballs when you microwave them (do not try this at home!). Find these and many other important topics covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
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3.18.2019

Have physicists cracked time travel? Who is Brian the Bat? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of March 11 - March 17, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

Could solar geoengineering be the answer to the climate crisis? Are any emotions uniquely human?  Find the answers to these and many other important questions covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
'Don't speak to me or my son ever again!'
This orangutan shows that disapproval at least is not uniquely human.
Credit: Tony Hisgett via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)



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3.11.2019

How much does the Milky Way weigh? Do you know how smart your romantic interest is? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of March 4 - March 10, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

Why has the black hole Messier 51 got scientists stumped? How can your grandma's hobby help scientists to invent new supermaterials? Find the answers to these and many other important questions covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
Knitting: not only one of the best hobbies,
but scientifically valuable too!
Credit: Dennis van Zuijlekom via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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3.04.2019

How can you help to name one of Jupiter's moons? Why do we crave sweets when we're stressed? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of February 25 - March 3, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

Meet Big Bertha on the interplanetary highway and find out what slimy geological find could shake the world of evolutionary biology. Find these and many other important topics covered in the ScienceSeeker editors' round up of their favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise:
Personally, I'm rooting for Moony McMoonface.
Credit: FolsomNatural via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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2.25.2019

What's the difference between dark matter and dark energy? What does consciousness look like in the brain? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of February 18 - February 24, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

This week's cream of the crop from science blogs around the world uncovers how the dinosaurs really died and unveils a new male contraceptive that has just entered phase 2b trials. There are many other important topics touched on in the ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ selections:
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2.20.2019

ScienceSeeker's new design keeps posts from the sites we aggregate flowing - bookmark us now!

by Andy Extance, ScienceSeeker Editor-in-Chief

If you look to the left of this post, you'll see that ScienceSeeker has now integrated a feed of links to posts from the sites that we aggregate. By now we bring together over 2,400 sites, so the chances are that every time you refresh our site the feed will have new content. So if you're getting bored of social media sites and want new (mostly) science-based material to entertain you, we hope we will always be able to give you what you're after. If you haven't already, bookmark this page and come here when you're wondering what's new in the world. Does this layout work for you? Any thoughts on how we could make it better? Then please comment below.

I think this step offers a better service to the sites we aggregate, bringing all their latest posts to you as soon as they're published. It's a service that we and other science blog aggregator sites used to provide, but which we lost when we moved to this design a few years ago. Overall this is part of an effort to build up ScienceSeeker's impact some more. Having been editor for three years now, I think the processes and team we have are doing well. Time for the next steps!

Oh, and one more thing: If you write a science blog, don't forget that our awards are now open! Enter here for the chance to earn bragging rights and a shiny badge for your website!

2.18.2019

What dictates how imaginative we are? What music should you listen to while studying? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of February 11 - February 17, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

In this week's best from the science blogosphere, discover the brain chemicals behind altruism and find out what happens when AI is allowed to dream. There are many other important topics touched on in the ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ selections:
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2.11.2019

What shape is the Milky Way? What Dark Energy discovery is shaking up the physics world? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of February 5 - February 11, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

You can get inside the brain of an introvert and find out how you can deal with eco-anxiety in this week's selection of the best and brightest posts from the science blogosphere. But there are many other important topics touched on in the ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts of the week within their respective areas of interest and expertise. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ selections:
We all need time alone, but for introverts it's when they're
most creative.
Credit: Katia Romanova, used via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0

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2.04.2019

How does your brain look on acid? What do Minke whales talk about? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of January 28 - February 4, 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

This week's best posts from the science blogosphere include a commitment from Germany to cleaner energy, the science behind the star-nosed mole's eyes and the effect of 'screen time' on children's brains. But there are other important topics touched on in the ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise for the past seven days. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ selections:
Are they talking, or just wailing?
Credit: Majestic Whale Encounters, used via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0
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    1.28.2019

    How can you avoid cracking up under pressure? Do men feel pain more? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of January 21-27 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm

    This week's best science posts include a happy ending for an endangered frog, a less happy ending for hedgehog lovers and tough questions for particle physics. But there are other important topics touched on in the ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise for the past seven days. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ Selections:
    Romeo's Juliet is not actually a little girl.
    Credit: Gordon, used via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0
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    1.21.2019

    How can you age gracefully? Should you worry about artificial sweeteners? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of January 14-20 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm

    This week's best science posts include new treatment hope for kids with cancer, a positive use for old oil industry equipment, and the birth of a planetary system weirder even than anything from Star Wars. But there are other important topics touched on in the ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise for the past seven days. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ Selections:


  • A timeline of the discoveries of the chemical elements by Andy Brunning at Compound Interest

  • Credit Andy Brunning, Compound Interest
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    1.17.2019

    The ScienceSeeker Awards 2019 are open for entry!

    After a successful relaunch of the ScienceSeeker Awards last year, we're delighted to announce that it now returns for its third iteration! We hope that these awards will be a way to feature several of the most outstanding blog posts, podcasts, or videos from the past year, and highlight the widespread talent in the science blogosphere that ScienceSeeker seeks to promote.

    There will be a total of nine categories, from each of which there will be one winner. We will then pick the overall winner from among the winners from each category. The posts will be judged by the ScienceSeeker editorial team. There will be no prizes other than a badge for your website and the kudos of knowing that the ScienceSeeker team liked your post most. The categories are:
    • General science posts and graphics: Including posts from sites that correspond to our art, photography, general science and science communication bundles
    • Cells and molecules: Including posts from sites that correspond to our biotechnology, cell biology, chemistry, and microbiology bundles
    • Humanities: Including posts from sites that correspond to our development, economics, ethics, gender, history, language, law, philosophy, policy, political science, religion and atheism, social science and sociology bundles.
    • The environment and our place in it: Including posts from sites that correspond to our anthropology, archaeology, climate science, conservation, evolution, geography, geosciences, oceanography, palaeontology and oceanography bundles.
    • Health, medicine and brain science: Including posts from sites that correspond to our clinical research, clinical psychology, health, medicine, neuroscience, nutrition, psychiatry, psychology, public health and veterinary medicine bundles. 
    • Academia: Including posts from sites that correspond to our academic life, student life, grants, career, education, publishing and library science bundles.
    • Podcast: Including posts from sites that correspond to our podcast bundle.
    • Physical sciences and technology: Including posts from sites that correspond to our artificial intelligence, astronomy, computer science, energy, engineering, mathematics and physics bundles.
    • Big biology: Including posts from sites that correspond to our behavioural biology, biology, ecology, marine biology and plant science bundles.
    How does the nomination process work?

    The nomination process will run from January 17, 2019 through midnight Pacific Standard Time on March 1, 2019, so, really, the evening of February 28 is the time for last minute nominations.


    Individuals can nominate their best post of the year in only one category. The first nomination received from any individual will be the only one considered. Multiple posts can be nominated from the same site – prizes will be awarded to the individuals that created the post. In the event that there is a joint post, that will be the only post considered by the individuals involved. So, you can submit a post you created by yourself or jointly, but not both.

    The ScienceSeeker team will collectively determine the winner for each of the nine categories, as well as the overall grand prize winner. The winners will be announced on April 1, 2019.

    What posts, or podcasts, or videos, are eligible?

    Any post, podcast episode, or video that was first published between January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019 are eligible for the ScienceSeeker Awards. The post can be from anywhere, be it a personal blog, an institutional website, or a large media organisation. If you’re entering and are not already in our bundles, why not submit your site here?

    Podcasts should only be entered in the podcast category. Infographics and sci-art should enter in the general science and graphics category. Videos and text posts can enter in whichever subject category is most applicable.

    Any questions?

    Feel free to leave a comment on this post, use the contact form, or tweet us @SciSeeker. For more detailed questions only, email us at sciseekers at gmail dot com. 

    1.14.2019

    What's the good news on cancer? Should we colonise Mars? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of January 7-13 2019 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm

    This week's best science posts include more bad news for our oceans, a rethink of how we look at genetics, and a way to rewire our brains. But there are other important topics touched on in ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise for the past seven days. Here is the full round-up of the ScienceSeeker Editors’ Selections:
    Tsunami aftermath in Aceh, Indonesia, December 2004.
    Credit Wikipedia/AusAID CC BY 2.0.AUSAID
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