What if scientists acted like celebrities? #IfScientistsWere #IfScientistsWereProAthletes

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The other night while watching a sports interview (during the US national figure skating competition to be exact), the writers of CauseScience noticed that athletes get away with saying a lot, trash talking, and completely ignoring criticism. It made us wonder about what it would be like if scientists were treated like celebrities. Our culture values entertainers, athletes, musicians, actors/actresses, and other celebrities to a much higher degree than scientists, doctors… and most other meaningful professions.

Imagine scientists trash talking competitors. Or responding to reviewers comments the same way athletes respond to criticism. Or being interviewed about how running a gel or PCR went that day. It would be hilarious!!

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CauseScience will be launching a series of posts and hashtags to consider what it would be like If Scientists Were… Since this weekend is the superbowl, what better way to start than with #IfScientistsWereProAthletes

A few examples from Ashley Wagner’s interviews surrounding her WIN at the 2015 US Figure Skating Nationals – just to get your wheels spinning. Some negative, but also positive quotes that are quite funny when applied to SCIENCE!

  • About her competitors – “In skating, she makes me uncomfortable, because she’s always kind of breathing down my neck. I don’t like to get beat. And I do not like to get beat by girls.”
  • About her critics – “this shows them that they need to shut their mouths and watch me skate.”
  • About her job – “I LOVE skating, i mean, I’m so lucky that this is my job, that this is what i do everyday.”
  • and again – “I’m so endlessly in love with this sport and I’m so glad I was able to show it with the way I skated tonight.”

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Note: While this is ultimately for fun and a laugh, it can also serve to showcase the lack of public engagement and agreement with science and scientists. As well as the under-appreciation of scientists. In the end, it may not be surprising that most scientists don’t act like celebrities or professional athletes. Science is a profession that trains people to be logical, critical, evidence-based, and open-minded. And usually the ‘system’ keeps most scientists’ egos from getting too big.

UPDATE- See our favorites of #IfScientistsWereProAthletes in a new CauseScience post here!

It’s a parents’ right to choose which eradicated diseases to bring back by not vaccinating – The Onion #science #satire

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Check out this hilarious opinion piece about parents not vaccinating their children at The Onion! As always, the satire is thick…and poignant. The article points out that choosing not to vaccinate children has caused a revival of dangerous diseases that are preventable and were eradicated at least a generation ago. Funny stuff… because its so close to reality! The full article is amazing, below are my favorite excerpts!

Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated diseases come roaring back.

The decision to cause a full-blown, multi-state pandemic of a virus that was effectively eliminated from the national population generations ago is my choice alone, and regardless of your personal convictions, that right should never be taken away from a child’s parent. Never.

It’s simple: You don’t tell me how to raise my kids to avoid reviving a horrific illness that hasn’t been seen on our shores since our grandparents were children, and I won’t tell you how to raise yours.

Going on a date with an academic? scientist? #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords

If you haven’t seen the twitter hashtag #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords – you should check it out! It is hilarious… and mostly true! Especially if you are an academic, someone who is dating an academic, or someone who wants to date an academic!! Info about the hashtag here by Steve Kolowich. Shout out to my friend Becky for sending me this article – she also sends it to first dates prior to meeting them.

In hundreds of tweets, clear themes have emerged. Apparently, a sure way to kill the mood is to speak admiringly of astrology, Fox News, homeopathic medicine, The History Channel, or Malcolm Gladwell. Disavowals of coffee, evolution, and Oxford commas might not play well, either. And God help you if you suggest that academics get to “take summers off.”

A few of my favorites!

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Hilarious article by The Onion encourages climate science deniers to actually look at the #science!

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Check out this hilarious (and sadly close to reality) article at The Onion poking fun at climate change science denial.

Co-authored by several dozen of the nation’s top climatologists, a new climate change study released Wednesday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program reportedly consists of 400 pages in which scientists just tell Americans to read previous climate change studies.

While CauseScience supports continued science into climate change, we can’t help but laugh at the article and agree that many Americans and climate science deniers need to re-visit the vast literature of climate science that has already been done.

The report is said to conclude with a single exasperated 28-page run-on sentence urging people to “just come on and look at these damn things, for the love of God—what more do you want from us—Jesus, this is ridiculous.”

Video: Disney Beachbot – robot that creates beach art #science #WeWantOlaf!

The real question is… can it draw Olaf from Frozen?? After all he loves summer!

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Conceived by Disney Research and working in partnership with a student team at ETH Zürich, the Beachbot is a mobile robot that can turn an ordinary beach into an artist’s canvas. Thanks to innovative balloon wheels, the robot is able to traverse sandy beaches without leaving any noticeable tracks. Drawing is achieved using a controllable rake at the rear of the robot, with individually controllable pins that can be raised and lowered to create thick or thin lines in the sand. The drawing area on the beach is defined simply using four vertical poles that define the corners of the desired sand canvas. The Beachbot can then determine its position on the canvas to a high degree of accuracy using depth sensing and IMU (inertial measurement unit) technology. Artwork can be pre-programmed as the robot can draw lines or create block-filled areas. Alternately manual remote can be used to turn a beach into a live sketchpad. Beachbot is just one of Disney Research’s projects in the area of mobile robotics, including work on path-planning, robot choreography, localization, and human-robot interaction.

Must See – new Hubble Telescope image – and a titillating news title courtesy of @TheRegister!

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The Register often provides a good laugh with its humorous science reporting titles (often dripping in innuendo). This week, the title for a story about the new image from the Hubble Telescope is golden: “Hubble ‘scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on.” Despite the humorous title, the article contains lots of info on the new Hubble image, as well as a number of good quotes!

Kudos to The Register for keeping science writing interesting, and for its titillating titles! More info on the Hubble image is here at NASA’s webpage.

(image credit: NASA and ESA).

When is it ok to not vaccinate your kids? NOTLD blog explains rare circumstances. Otherwise… DO IT!

The blog Night of the Living Dad has examined the few rare cases when it is ok to not vaccinate your children. Definitely worth a look for a good laugh! Below I feature my favorite example!

Ebola Zaire has one of the highest mortality rates of any disease people get. There’s currently a flare up of the disease in some parts of Africa. There have been a couple of Americans that have had it, but it’s so difficult for Ebola to be transmitted from person to person that there’s not really much risk of a major outbreak in the U.S.. That said, it’s a scary disease. We haven’t vaccinated our son against Ebola Zaire because a vaccine for it doesn’t exist yet. If the disease became more common where we live and researchers developed a safe and effective vaccine, of course we would give it to our child. We’re not completely braindead troglodytes with no understanding of modern medical safety standards.

The descriptions of what these parents are not in each instance, is by far the best part!!!

We’re not drooling idiots with no regard for the welfare of our child.

If it were hazardous to humans, we would have to be as dumb as monkeys not to consider giving our child every resource available to avoid contracting the disease.

The take home point is that unless you’re a braindead troglodyte, moronic monster, with no regard for the welfare of your child, you should vaccinate your kids.

Disclaimer: This post is based on sarcasm and humor… Obviously CauseScience supports all recommended vaccines, beCause Science. In addition to these humorous situations, there are specific medical cases where vaccination is not possible (usually these cases further support the widespread use of vaccines in children that can have them), obviously those do not fall under the descriptions used.

President Obama humorously stumbles over scientific words during speech at NIH!

In a speech at NIH, President Obama shows his humorous side while describing some of the science he observed. Including stumbling over pronunciation of electrophoresis and multi-parameter flow cytometer. The President continues with a number of other jokes aimed at his ‘knowledge’ of science.

Check out the video!!

Seen via ASCB on twitter!!

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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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