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Stories by Christie Wilcox

A Birthday Wish

On Sunday, I celebrated my 27 th birthday. But today is an even more special birthday: today, the entire Scientific American Blog Network celebrates its first birthday.

July 5, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Social Media for Scientists Part 6: The Wiki

I just returned from a wonderful week in Washington DC, where I gave workshops on social networking to scientists at the Fourth Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE)...

July 1, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Prettier tits (the bird!) get more help from their partners

After a long, cold winter, nothing says spring like the hopeful songs and dances of horny male birds looking for mates. Throughout Europe and western Asia, the blue tit is one of the most colorful birds to engage in this annual hormone-driven spectacle...

June 25, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

AI Takes Baby Steps: RoboBaby Learns Words

In 1998, a strange fad swept the nation. Standing a mere 5 inches tall, the gremlin-esque talking robots known as furbies became the season's must-have toys for kids (much to Hasbro's delight)...

June 13, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Using cannabinoids to overcome fear in the brain

We all know exactly what fear feels like. Without our consent, our hearts begin to beat a little faster. The hairs on the back of our neck prickle. Our palms sweat through clenched fingers...

June 12, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Time to Vote!

Nominations are over, and two of my posts are in the running, included among an impressive list of science blogs. Go peruse the nominees, get a feel for your favorites, then GO VOTE.

June 11, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Parasitic flower pirates genes from its host

Rafflesia cantleyi , perhaps better known as the corpse flower for its pungent scent, steals everything from its host. Though each blossom can be in excess of three feet across, the massive buds cannot support themselves, and have no leaves, stalks or true roots...

June 8, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

The 3 Quarks Daily Science Blogging Prize Is Back!

Every year, the amazing crew over at 3 Quarks Daily offers a prize for great science writing online judged by an esteemed scientific mind. This year, the judge is Sean Carroll - previous 3QD winner, incredible science blogger, practicing scientist, and the author of great science books like From Eternity to Here ...

May 31, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

HIMB on the Radio

I'm a big fan of scientists talking to the community about their research, so of course, I'm an even bigger fan of scientists I work with reaching out.

May 26, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Social Media For Scientists Part 5: It's Time To e-Volve

If you follow this blog closely, you know I have a strong opinion on the use of new media platforms for science communication. Well, in the most recent Biological Bulletin, I delve into exactly why I feel scientists need to take charge and embrace these tools...

May 16, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Parasite Insights: Using Lice To Map Socialization

Weighing in at only 40 grams, brown mouse lemurs are one of the smallest species of primate in the world. Their diminutive size as well as their nocturnal, tree-dwelling lifestyle makes them difficult to track and observe...

April 6, 2012 — Christie Wilcox
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