Awesome @okaytobesmart Video – The Recipe for Life… !!!!! #science

The Recipe For Life… – We’re cookin’ in the primordial kitchen!

If the human body could be distilled down into one molecule, what would our chemical formula be? And WHY is it that way? Is that one scene from Full Metal Alchemist even a little bit true?

There’s a whole lot of elements on the periodic table, but life depends on relatively few of them in order to build all the things that keep us alive. This week, we’ll look at why the chemistry of life is the way it is…

Check the tons of cool stuff CauseScience writer @pinar_gurel is live tweeting from @ASCBiology conference!!

If you aren’t following CauseScience writer @pinar_gurel on twitter, you definitely should be!! psgurel is currently at the ACSB conference in Philadelphia and is live tweeting a lot of cool and informative stuff from the conference!! Including a call for students and trainees to become active advocates for science!!

See this previous CauseScience post encouraging scientists to become advocates for scientific research!!

[tweet https://twitter.com/ASCBiology/status/542351901946552320] [tweet https://twitter.com/pinar_gurel/status/542342746800136193] [tweet https://twitter.com/healthhashtags/status/542393609475997696]

From the looks of it, the ACSB conference has lots of innovative presentations and symposia that are the future of scientific conferences!! Future of Research, ePosters, lighting talks, selfies, to name a few!!

[tweet https://twitter.com/pinar_gurel/status/542344045193076737] [tweet https://twitter.com/ASCBiology/status/542023196015611904] [tweet https://twitter.com/pinar_gurel/status/541732016971350016] [tweet https://twitter.com/pinar_gurel/status/541297124932341760]

@ACSReactions Video: Thanksgiving edition – What happens when you eat too much!

What Happens When You Eat Too Much – Reactions
The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, Reactions takes a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat. Put on your “eating pants” enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe!http://bit.ly/ACSReactions

WTF?!? Arizona School Board mandates pages be ripped out of Biology textbook… but then loses big in local elections.

Gilbert, Arizona…. really? ArizonaHonorsBiology.com courtesy of MSNBC and Rachel Maddow.

After a crusading religious group showed up at the Gilbert, Arizona school board meeting with three Republican state senators to complain about the presence of a mention of abortion in an honors biology text book, the board voted to get rid of that material. It was determined that the most efficient way to remove the offending material is to literally remove it – as in, tear the whole page out of the book.

In my opinion, once you are ripping out pages of textbooks that you don’t like, it’s only a short step to burning books that you don’t like. Not to mention that censorship of academia and science has worked out real well for other groups throughout history (cough cough, sarcasm).

Glad to hear that the Gilbert School Board that mandated this blasphemous act (against science… and freedom … duh) is on its way out after losing in the elections earlier this week. For more on that, watch this video segment from the Rachel Maddow Show!

Are you a fan of science and art? ‘Dance Your PhD’ finalists announced! Watch the videos!

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The annual ‘Dance Your PhD‘ contest has announced the 12 finalist videos. Definitely check them out. The winners and audience favorite will be announced on November 3rd! From John Bohannon (the founder of the contest!) in Science.

It was a tight race among this year’s 21 Ph.D. dance submissions. The previous winners of the contest scored each of them on their scientific and artistic merits, and these 12 finalists made the cut. Now it’s a dance-off between the sciences, including a tango based on robot collision avoidance, an acrobatic spectacle based on soil ecology, and, in one of the most meta Ph.D. dances ever, a hip-hop dance about the anthropology of hip-hop.

#Science Quotable: Bill Nye on the core curriculum taking down creationism

… my perception of what people don’t like about core curricula is that it forces them to learn standard stuff when they could be teaching their kids things that are inconsistent with what we know about science. I’m talking about people that want to teach creationism instead of biology. And that’s just bad. And the excuse or the justification is you don’t want the government telling you what to do. We all have to learn the alphabet everybody. I’m sorry, if we’re we’re going to have a successful society, it’s not an arbitrary arrangement of letters, you got to learn it. Sorry. And the same way if you’re asking me everybody’s got to learn a little bit of physics, chemistry, mathematics and you got to learn some evolution. You got to learn some biology. – Bill Nye for the Big Think

Vote in the Absurd Creature of the Week Competition @wiredscience

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Matt Simon at Wired.com is taking the Absurd Creature of the Week to a new competitive level by having viewers vote between different absurd creatures. Check out this weeks competition between animals for the title of ‘Most Horrifying Mouth’ and ‘Most Badass Weaponry.’

We’re coming up on one whole year of Absurd Creature of the Week! So to celebrate, we’ve used a super-secret, super-complex algorithm to choose the most absurd of the absurd—to pit them against each other in mortal combat. For the next week and a half, we’ll present you with matchups. The first round is split into categories like Battle of the Freaky Sex and Battle of the Mind-Controllers, but after that, it’s every creature for itself.