the SCIENTIFIC 23 – Amazing website interviews and profiles scientists about their careers and lives!! @sjblakemore

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Check out this awesome website, the Scientific 23, which interviews and profiles scientists, asking them 23 questions. The website was made possible by the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2013 awarded to Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.

We have interviewed a number of scientists and people who work in science-related fields, such as science policy, science journalism and science museums. Each interview consists of 23 questions submitted by teenagers. We hope the website can be used as a resource to provide secondary school students with an insight into different scientific professions, and in doing so perhaps encourage more young people to consider choosing science.

You can view the profiles and interviews with the scientists or people with science-related jobs. It is also possible to see what different interviewees answered to a particular question. Some questions are straightforward (What do you work on?), while others are much more interesting and thought provoking. Check out some of my favorites below!!

What did you want to do when you were 14?

When did you know you wanted to become a scientist?

How will your research benefit humankind?

What are you most proud of?

Who’s your favourite scientist and why?

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

ELMO will get you super excited about the @NASA_Orion test flight on Thursday!!! @SPACEdotcom

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Check out this awesome SPACE.com exclusive interview with ELMO about the Orion Spacecraft test flight! Launching this Thursday!! I think CauseScience is as excited as Elmo!! You should be too!!

Space.com’s @TariqJMalik and NASA’s @Astro_Ricky talk to the furry little sesame street character about the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Interview with Nick Spitzer of BrainFacts.org, BRAIN initiative, and all-around awesome neuroscientist #Economist

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The Economist has a great interview with Nick Spitzer, who is an awesome scientist, and certainly has one of the best moustaches in science. In addition to his own research on neuronal signaling in the brain, Spitzer is also editor-in-chief for BrainFacts.org (Check out this very cool and informative website!) and is involved in the White House BRAIN initiative. Below is Spitzer’s answer to one of many questions from The Economist about the brain, and how we might improve our own cognitive function.

What about playing an instrument? Don’t you have to use right and left brain for a stringed instrument?

Yes. That has clear cognitive functions that do crossover. Especially learning to play and read the music at the same time. But exercise is number one, diet number two and then social interaction. These are the important things for brain function.

Check out the interview for some great Q and A, and also great links to explain some of what Spitzer explains. Nick Spitzer is definitely one of the coolest and most awesome people in neuroscience and science in general!