Posts Tagged ‘fun facts’

Adorable video: Kids answer why there should be more women in science

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-18-2012

For the last 14 years, L’Oréal and UNESCO have been promoting women in science through the For Women in Science program. According to the For Women in Science website, since 1998, 62 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Award Laureates from 28 countries have been recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science and over 860 Fellows from 93 countries have been encouraged to pursue their scientific vocations through national and international fellowship programs. In all, more than 900 women scientists have been distinguished by the Awards or supported in the pursuit of their careers since the creation of the L’OREAL-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership.

L’Oréal USA recently took to the street to ask citizens of this great country what they thought of women and science. Below is a video of their responses.

A musical introduction to cellular respiration

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-16-2011

I must admit that I am not very well versed when it comes to the krebs cycle and cellular respiration (as you probably figured out from the title of my previous post “To glycolisize or phoshphorylize“). Ask me to explain qPCR or protein blotting any time and I’d be happy to oblige (by the way, don’t forget to download the protein blotting guide that we posted the other day), but cellular respiration…forget it.

That is why I was intrigued to find this young science student’s creative attempt to educate himself and his adoring public about the intricacies of cellular respiration via a YouTube musical video. There are a million and one ways to learn seemingly difficult (and relatively boring) information. Do you have any examples like the one posted below?

David Blaine: the MAGICAL scientist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-20-2011

Magician David Blaine explains his research into oxygen deprivation and how this background knowledge helped him hold his breath for over 17 minutes. Scientists take note of David’s dedication. This is one of the most riveting TEDMED talks I have ever seen!!!

How to survive Monday mornings in the lab

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-12-2011

This video was created by a former graduate student with great insights! Here’s my favourite line from the video (flashed on the screen really fast so it is good to have it here as a still).

If you don’t make mistakes you’re doing it wrong
If you don’t correct those mistake you’re doing it really wrong
If you can’t accept that you’re mistaken you’re not doing it at all

Check it out:

Politicians say the dumbest things!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-11-2011

I have finally found a political cause (OK…perhaps a pseudo-political cause) that I can support! Scientific American is requesting that its readers send in examples of stupid science statements made by public figures.

Many public figures feel that their public status automatically turns them into experts in any subject they are asked about. Of course this is ludicrous, but so are many “facts” that come out of famous people’s mouths. This is bound to be fun so be sure to participate!

Here’s a GREAT example from one of our all time favorite politicians-Sara Palin: