In case you haven’t heard, a research vessel being built in the UK to the tune of $290 billion, may be christened the RRS Boaty McBoatface after an online poll to name the ship went viral.
When scientists in the U.K. asked the public to name their new $290 million polar research ship, they expected the name of an explorer such as Sir Ernest Shackleton or a naturalist like David Attenborough to eventually be emblazoned across the vessel’s bow.
However, they didn’t factor in the Brits’ oddball sense of humor
By 9 a.m. Monday (5 a.m. ET), more than 27,000 people had voted to name the ship “RRS Boaty McBoatface.”
The poll was launched Thursday by the National Environment Research Council, the government-funded body building the ship in Cammell Laird shipyard, near Liverpool.
The ship itself is amazing, and we look forward to the science that will come from its missions. However, we also can’t stop laughing at the potential future name of the ship. While it poses a conundrum for NERC, it has also resulted in TONS of press for the organization and its new ship!!
The name Boaty McBoatface was suggested by James Hand, who has since apologized for causing trouble on the poll, but refuses to deny the awesomeness of the name he submitted!!
If you didn’t already know about the anti-science activist Vani Hari, commonly known as ‘The Food Babe,’ you may have seen her name over the last week. ‘The Food Babe’ is popular for fear-mongering and sounding off about invented dangers from just about everything – including GMO’s, vaccines, additives, food, and anything else she can make up. Check out this terrific NPR piece exploring why Hari should be labeled a fear-monger – exploiting the fears of the ignorant, uneducated, or those prone to conspiracy theories. Also check out this great post by Keith Kloor that looks at Hari and how science should deal with her. Twitter and scientists have had enough of Hari, and are now openly mocking her all over twitter – and calling out her anti-science drivel.
Case in point… the hilarious twitter handle @ – some of my favorites below![tweet https://twitter.com/foodbabefacts/status/586457892082941954] [tweet https://twitter.com/foodbabefacts/status/586454992178913280] [tweet https://twitter.com/foodbabefacts/status/586454992178913280] [tweet https://twitter.com/foodbabefacts/status/586401176180002816] [tweet https://twitter.com/foodbabefacts/status/586385272620711936] [tweet https://twitter.com/foodbabefacts/status/586290793398276096]
Also check out this great post about Hari from fellow WordPress blogger – Violent Metaphors
Jimmy feels that all of this anti-vaccination silliness is starting to snowball, so he invited some real doctors to address it. These are actual medical professionals so hear them out and then decide for yourself.
The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) are this Sunday!! This year’s Oscar nominations include a plethora of films that are science themed – “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Still Alice” showcase scientists and research!! In light of the Oscars, and to have some science fun, we are starting another science-based twitter hashtag (like previous #IfScientistsWere)!
#ScienceOscars – making movie titles, movie tag lines, and other Oscar nominations science-related (our science take on the hilarious #MakeAFilmUncomfortable and #ReplaceAMovieTitleWithGoat)! Feel free to tweet using the hashtag #ScienceOscars, write your idea in the comments below, or write it on our Facebook wall!! For ideas, a good starting place is this list of all nominees for Best Picture![tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568446352537063424] [tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568433938567446528] [tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568135916646227968]
For those people who might want to have fun and also promote open and equal access to science, feel free to use #ElsevierOscars (An Oscars themed #ElsevierValentines).[tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568479973373313026] [tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568479760789213184]
If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out #FailAPhDInThreeWords! Not only are many of the tweets hilarious, they also provide an interesting commentary on PhD’s and science. Some of the clear trends that emerge for failing a PhD include referencing God/religion, using inappropriate citations (wikipedia, twitter, etc), formatting issues (margins, fonts, typos), plagiarizing, photoshopping or going against basic tenets of science (n of 1, correlation vs causation). Below are some of my favorites![tweet https://twitter.com/RDscience/status/566270916032999424] [tweet https://twitter.com/guyren58/status/568083948074618880] [tweet https://twitter.com/AboudDandachi/status/568088995739111424] [tweet https://twitter.com/liberapertus/status/566277423504048129] [tweet https://twitter.com/superhelical/status/567762876539351040] [tweet https://twitter.com/PhuzzieSlippers/status/567778280565379073] [tweet https://twitter.com/jl_crim/status/567804362790289409] [tweet https://twitter.com/JohnNCoupland/status/567828895963095041] [tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568429584745701376] [tweet https://twitter.com/Kevlar007/status/568407347930001408]
Do you have an idea for a nonexistent invention that you would use for science? OR that would make you a more effective scientist? Share your idea in this NextGen VOICES survey from AAAS.
Name and describe a currently nonexistent invention that would make you a more effective scientist.
Your invention can be realistic, futuristic, or comical, and it can aid you in any aspect of your scientific process or career.
To submit, go to http://scim.ag/NG_14
Deadline for submissions is 13 February. A selection of the best responses will be published in the 3 April 2015 issue of Science. Submissions should be 100 words or less. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.