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Not only do you get updates on what’s getting posted here, but a ton of cool info that I think is important but doesn’t quite make it to Tumblr is also shared there. 

Hey everybody!

So I’m super excited to let you all know that The Public Science has reached 100 followers!

I’ve been having a great time with it, and hopefully everybody has learned some cool stuff. I encourage everybody who finds one of my posts interesting to reblog it — there’s nothing cooler than a little bit of science on your page, and you might educate your friends a little too. And that’s what we’re here for!

And while we’re doing a little self-advertisement, for all of you on Twitter you can get some more sweet, sweet science action of all varieties by following me at @APKays. Not only do you get the updates on my stuff here, but also a ton of extra stuff from all over the science Twitterverse. 

Who doesn’t want that?

Again, thanks for your attention and your science updates will resume tomorrow!

A way to look at how certain stimulant drugs affect your central nervous system…


…using a GIF of water filling up a sink as an analogy for dopamine:

I love simple explanations.

(via @stevesilberman)


What’s more dangerous: a nation full of science illiterates or a nation with one less aircraft carrier?

If you read one thing today (and I really, really hope you do much more) make it this article. The importance of science literacy in the U.S. spans a huge number of fields, not to mention a major economic requirement.

I think you have to increase the budget to allow for better paid teachers. No amount of ideology and training will sufficiently motivate the shift in education priorities if legislatures like Florida’s are seemingly against proper science education.

Group A Streptococcus bacteria

and I have been battling it out the last several days. Rest assured, there is going to be a lot of good stuff tomorrow. Some adorable animals, scientific policy discussion (both national and global) and some really cool stuff coming out of the cucumber plant department.

We’ve just passed 500 posts!

I’ve been having a great time, and I think we all have learned a lot about all sorts of scientific fields and many wonderful artistic inspirations. 

I want to encourage everybody with some spare time to go back and glance through the archive. There is a ton of neat things hidden in there that you might have missed!

Sorry for the recent lack of posting!

Summer semester has been ending and fall is about to start. Once I’m all moved in, things should return to normal!

I was gonna let this slide . . .


… but I just can’t.

If you aren’t in punching vicinity of a kitten or baby, read this CNN LightYears blog entry/article on the Curiosity landing. Except that it isn’t really about the landing. It’s about inventing dangerous drama instead of embracing inspiration. And I’m not gonna let that happen on my watch.

(click through for full rant, so as to not fill your whole dashboard)

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Read Joe’s full discussion. We are on a precarious edge, one where we must lean toward proper education and encouragement of science. Otherwise we will find ourselves with a generation bred to “teach the controversy” where there is none, putting not only the US but the world behind in advancement.

One of the most influential forces in the country is the media, crumbling bastions that are leaving factual news for the more lucrative entertainment and profit business. In doing so, they are giving way by citing comments and Twitter and what-have-you as fact and spreading the idea that those who have a voice have the right to be heard. 

The issue is that while commenter Jim1968 may be a good man and an excellent plumber, he is probably not the best qualified to give insight into the importance of space exploration for society. Replacing a qualified individual with his words is detrimental to the story and its readers and makes for low-quality news.

What can you do? Support media that provide solid news. Leave input on their social network pages. And when you find a poor article, go out and find a better one and take a minute to learn about the subject. 

Because science is incredible, and the more people interested and learning about it, the further it can take us.

Hey everybody!

I was thinking about starting some sort of weekly series of posts, and I want to know what you guys would like to see. 

A few ideas:

– Weekly (maybe bi-weekly?) book review/summary/discussion

– Word/animal/picture-of-the-week type thing

– Some sort of open question time

Or if you think “Hey, these are all dumb, he should do ________ instead!” then hit me up and I’ll see what I can do! 

So what do you think?

Hello to all of my new followers!

Just want to welcome you all, apologize for a slow weekend, and encourage anybody with comments or criticisms or questions to feel free to speak up!