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Hydra Watch What They Eat

Upon first glance, hydra seem like remarkably simple creatures. The basic description of a hydra would be a tube closed at one end with tentacles surrounding a mouth on the other, made of fragile tissue that can be as slim as two cells thick...

March 5, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Social Media for Scientists Part 4: On The Road

A couple weeks ago, I braved the freezing north to speak at the University of Washington for a workshop focusing on Social Media for Scientists. The event was co-sponsored by AFSUW, Washington Sea Grant, and COSEE OLC as a part of the Beyond the Ivory Tower series, a set of free public lectures that hopes to provide researchers with tools and techniques to reach audiences and broaden the impacts of their work...

March 1, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

The Sweet Taste of Fear

Lots of animals use chemical cues to avoid danger. Mice will run from the smell of cat urine, for example. But one particular instance of chemical fear signaling has been stumping scientists for 70 years; the release of Schreckstoff by schooling fish.For some species of fish, when a predator swoops in and injures one fish in a school, the rest will take off in fear...

February 23, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Who said cells aren't romantic?

Happy Valentine's Day! From: Heinz Kutzner (2001). For Valentine’s Day: Epithelial Sheath Neuroma Cancer, 91 (4)

February 14, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Darwin's Degenerates - Evolution's Finest | Observations

153 years ago on November 24th a naturalist named Charles Darwin published a book with a rather long and cumbersome title. It was called On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (for its sixth edition in 1872, the title was cut short to simply The Origin of Species , which was found to be much more manageable to say in conversation)...

February 12, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

This is what a scientist looks like.

I have talked a lot about the need for scientists to reach out. In fact, next week, I'll be giving a talk at the University of Washington about why scientists need social media.

February 7, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Blogging Science While Female - the Storify

Whew. What a crazy week! Just 7 days ago, I hopped on a plane and began my long journey eastward to North Carolina to attend Science Online 2012. In case you aren't familiar with the conference, Science Online is, as Christopher Mims said, like "a Burning Man for Science Journalists." For me, this meant three days straight of talking, learning, and networking - note the absence of the word "sleeping." Last night was the first time in a week I got more than 5 hours sleep...

January 26, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Evolution: The Rise of Complexity

Let's rewind time back about 3.5 billion years. Our beloved planet looks nothing like the lush home we know today - it is a turbulent place, still undergoing the process of formation.

January 16, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

The Very Real Scaremongering of Ari Levaux

Recently, food columnist Ari Levaux wrote what can only be described as a completely unscientific article in The Atlantic claiming that microRNAs (miRNAs) are a "very real danger of GMOs." I won't go point by point through the horrendous inaccuracies in his piece, as Emily Willingham has more than hacked them to bits...

January 12, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

Evolution: A Game of Chance | Observations

One of the toughest concepts to grasp about evolution is its lack of direction. Take the classic image of the evolution of man, from knuckle-walking ape to strong, smart hunter: We view this as the natural progression of life...

January 11, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

2012 Resolution: The Girl That I Intend To Be

It's 8:09 PM here in Hawaii - hours until we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012. We're one of the last to experience the ushering in of the new year, and thus I have had a lot of time to think about my new year's post...

December 31, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Science Sushi - A Year In Review

It's almost 2012, and as we all know the world will be ending. I figure it's as good a time as any to look back. So far this year... ...I have posted 33 posts ...which have gotten 269 comments ...with visitors from more than 15 countries across the globe ...and have been syndicated at BlogHer, Ecology.com and more The three most popular posts of the year: 3...

December 30, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Evolution: Watching Speciation Occur | Observations

This is a repost from April 24 th , 2010. Watching Speciation Occur is the second in my Evolution series which started with The Curious Case of Dogs We saw that the littlest differences can lead to dramatic variations when we looked at the wide variety in dogs...

December 18, 2011 — Christie Wilcox
The Benefits of Thanks

The Benefits of Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving – a day to relax, take a step back, and honestly express gratitude. Gratitude. By definition, it is the state of being grateful or thankful.

November 24, 2011 — Christie Wilcox

Two Words: An Open Letter To Ed Rybicki

Dear Ed, It seems you are upset at the torrent of outrage your Futures piece has caused. You're "dumbfounded" that anyone could read so much into your frivolous little tale, and honestly didn't mean for your short story to harm or offend anyone...

November 23, 2011 — Christie Wilcox
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