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The Sciences

Monday Music Video: Biotech Support in Song

During the time I taught laboratory courses here at the University of Illinois in cell and molecular biology (After nearly 20 years of that, I've moved to online teaching to give myself more flexibility for science outreach), I would often tell the students, particularly the ones who were considering going into research, that the best sources of information on lab techniques, supplies, and equipment would be the technical materials literature and tech support from product suppliers...

December 17, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
The Sciences

Macrophages, Tuberculosis and Granulomas: A Video Tutorial

How much do you really know about Tuberculosis, otherwise commonly called TB? The University of Michigan Department of Engineering (friendly rival to my home U of Illinois) has put out a very accessible animated tutorial so you can learn more.Check it out: This video is included as a comprehensive article entitled "Peering into the black box of Tuberculosis" discussing TB as a worldwide problem and what some U-M researchers are doing to help understand the disease more fully...

September 28, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
The Sciences

Science, It's a Girl Thing! Can You Create a Better Video?

During a bit of insomnia one night a few weeks ago, I checked on my twitter timeline, where I can catch some tweets from those awake across the Atlantic, to find someone had referenced a new contest that wants to reward a talented videographer for creating a new video to replace the controversial video from the European Commission's initiative to encourage girls to consider science, Science, It's a Girl Thing...

September 25, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
Space

Video: NASA Lands Car-Sized Rover Near Martian Mountain

I stayed up last night to watch the incredible event of the successful landing of Mars Curiosity only a projected 262 meters from planned site at 10:14:39 PDT official touchdown time in order to tweet (and retweet from the space pros and those in attendance of the many NASA social events watching the event) to keep my social media followers up to date.For those who didn't watch the stream from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on NASA TV live feed, you can see it here now...

August 6, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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