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Stories by Carin Bondar

Monday Music Video: The Glamorous Platypus

I'll start by saying that I love my fellow biologists. We are a quirky crowd that has a strong passion for our subject matter, and our subjects. For example, I've been in love with nudibranch gastropods for as long as I can remember...

November 28, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Science in Hollywood: Hits and Misses

Earlier this week I was a guest on Breakfast Television Vancouver to discuss the portrayal of science in some recent blockbusters. The recent surge in science content in films and TV is something that I find genuinely encouraging...

November 24, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Fabric of the Cosmos Some Seriously Mind-Bending Physics

Fabric of the Cosmos, starring theoretical physicist Brian Greene, premieres tonight on NOVA (with further episodes airing November 9, 16 and 23). The 4-part miniseries based on Greene’s latest book of the same name is a remarkable journey into the jarring world of theoretical physics...

November 2, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Trick or Treat?

Halloween is a time to celebrate the power of disguise. Wherever your travels take you today it won’t be surprising if you bump into a few zombies, vampires or witches on your way.

October 31, 2011 — Carin Bondar

A Little Ke$ha for your Monday Morning Music Video

I recently came across the fantastic parody videos done by Jank Media, which represent a great combination of science sass and silliness. I love how our primadonna character walks the subtle line between making fun of herself and being serious about delivering her scientific lyrics...

October 24, 2011 — Carin Bondar

A deliciously thought-provoking documentary

Over the next few weeks I've invited my colleague David Manly to write some reviews of films he's screened as part of the 'Planet in Focus' film festival in Toronto, Ontario...

October 18, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Sushi : The Global Catch

This series of posts represents some of the excellent documentaries I screened as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Today’s Pick- Sushi: The Global Catch directed by Mark Hall.Not long ago at the famous Tsukiji fish auction market in Tokyo, Japan, a single bluefin tuna ( Thunnus thynnus ) specimen sold for over $200,000 USD -a startling indication of the state of the species...

October 12, 2011 — Carin Bondar

From the Axis of Evo: This Week's Monday Music Video

This week’s Monday Music Video comes to you from graduate students at UC Berkeley. Nathaniel Krefmanis a cell and molecular biologist in the Drubin/Barnes lab, and Phillip Cleves and Andrew Glazer are genetics students in the Miller lab...

October 10, 2011 — Carin Bondar

The Crazy One - A Steve Jobs Tribute

Last week a few of my twitter pals and I had a conversation about how we are proud to describe ourselves as 'crazy' and 'ridiculous'. Sparked by Mark Changizi's article at the Huffington Post on 'What to do about all the crazy, ridiculous research' out there, the general consensus was that sometimes what seem to be the most outlandish ideas are the ones that lead to the biggest advancements in science and elsewhere...

October 6, 2011 — Carin Bondar

One Lucky Elephant: One heart-wrenching documentary

I'll be posting this month about some of the excellent documentaries I've screened as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Today’s Pick: One Lucky Elephant, directed by Lisa Leeman.This poignant film tells the tale of two very complicated mammals – a human father (David), and his only daughter (Flora the elephant)...

October 5, 2011 — Carin Bondar

Monday Music Video: Inception into first year - a Bohemian Rhapsody

This week’s Monday Music Video takes us through the trials and tribulations of being a new student in medical school. A group of 5 ‘survivors’ from Texas A and M Health Science Center College of medicine have created a film that represents their experiences as newbie med students – and it’s well worth a watch...

September 26, 2011 — Carin Bondar
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