Terrific @Nature article about inspirational science hashtags on twitter! #BeyondMarieCurie #IAmAScientistBecause

Whether you saw the recent twitter hashtags, #BeyondMarieCurie and #IAmAScientistBecause, be sure to check out this feature in Nature about these social media hashtags by Chris Woolston!! It definitely focuses on the positive vibe that is often missing in science discussions recently!!!

At a time when online conversations about science can become mired in negativity — job shortages, dwindling grant support and breakdowns in peer review — the Twitter streams of many researchers recently turned positive. Researchers of all types rallied around the hashtag #IAmAScientistBecauseto share their scientific inspirations.

[tweet https://twitter.com/cbpolis/status/585064469836857344] [tweet https://twitter.com/NIH_Bear/status/586565725273350144]

See the article for more featured tweets and commentary on these scientific social media ‘campaigns.’

Twitter mocks ‘The Food Babe’ Vani Hari for her anti-science, fear-monger lies!! @foodbabefacts #science

[tweet https://twitter.com/GeneticLiteracy/status/586521730581143552]

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  @foodbabefacts – 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

Working on a PhD? Need a good laugh? Check out #FailAPhDInThreeWords

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]

A twitter troll demonstrates the misinformed and passionate fight against the SCIENCE of vaccines #science

storCheck out the STORIFY I wrote summarizing a twitter discussion about vaccines… or so I thought. It involves an anti-vaccine troll ignoring facts and science to argue against vaccines, while spewing misinformation and conspiracy theories! Language warning – some of the tweets include swearing (not from CauseScience). Thanks to @divyaramjee and @sassyinmyheart for supporting vaccines. Trolls like this are not far removed from the anti-vaccine movement, and represent what science is fighting against when it comes to vaccines.


Today’s favorite tweets! Picture of NYC from space and Onion article about sorting trash into oceans!

[tweet https://twitter.com/TheOnion/status/567483612996440065] [tweet https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/567403744413749248]

Tonight: @NASA DSCOVR launch and @SpaceX Falcon 9 barge landing attempt take 2!!

Check NASA TV today at 5pm EST for the potential launch of DSCOVR and landing attempt of the Falcon9 rocket by SpaceX. This is the second launch attempt after Sunday’s attempt was scrubbed.

[tweet https://twitter.com/NOAASatellites/status/565189449714520064] [tweet https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/564807936870842368] [tweet https://twitter.com/sen/status/565223875299258368]