We’re taking a summer break during July, but we’ll be back in August with new episodes telling the stories of leading research with some of the world’s greatest minds. During the break, we’ll be bringing you updated versions of prior episodes.
Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin spent six years in the Arctic searching for a fossil that could be a missing link between sea and land animals. Shubin shares the story behind his discovery of Tiktaalik, what it has meant for the understanding of human evolution, and how it has impacted the future of genetic research.
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Early in May we talked to Clarissa (@clari_carneiro) from the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative (@BrRepInitiative). This project is awesome – think many labs for Brazilian biomedical sciences, with a dash of meta in there too! Tune in to hear about this amazing project.
The project: https://www.reprodutibilidade.bio.br/home
The team: https://www.reprodutibilidade.bio.br/team
Music credit: Kevin MacLeod – Funkeriffic
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If you are a frequent participant in a social media community, you know what it’s like when someone new comes along and just doesn’t seem to understand or care about the established rules. But our guest this week wanted to know what happens when newcomers join spaces where the rules aren’t just very well established, but also really toxic.
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In this thematic episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, three program managers discuss the possibility that emerging technologies in the arena of artificial intelligence (AI) are converging toward an “artificial-science” toolset that could open an era we might designate as Science 2.0. The prospect of AI scientists making Nobel-prize-caliber discoveries is not around the corner, but it is a distinct possibility for the future, suggests program manager Jiangying Zhou of the agency’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO). On the way toward that ideal, adds program manager Joshua Elliott of the Information Innovation Office (I2O), we are likely to rely on scientifically-minded AI tools to pump up the efficiency of scientific discovery and to tap into the vast and growing reservoirs of data, which biological minds might not be as suited to make sense of as AI ones. For Bartlett Russell, also of DSO, perhaps the most important advance during the evolution toward a Science 2.0 era will reside in the use of AI tools that enable more people than ever to embrace the scientific enterprise. The more minds doing science, she says, the more discovery we can expect.
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It’s a new year and it’s a great time to try out a few new tech tools. Here’s my annual round-up of apps and sites I think are worth a look, plus two more extra just for the heck of it. The 2020 Teacher’s Guide to Tech is now available at https://teachersguidetotech.com/guide/
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This week we present stories from people who found themselves in sticky situations in the midst of doing research.
Part 1: Erik Vance’s first job reporting on scientific research doesn’t smell as much like success as it smells like manure.
Part 2: Liz Neeley observes hypnosis from the inside when she becomes the subject of the experiment.
Erik Vance is an award-winning science journalist based in Boulder, CO who works as an editor for the NY Times. Before becoming a writer he was, at turns, a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator. He graduated in 2006 from UC Santa Cruz science writing program and became a freelancer as soon as possible. His work focuses on the human element of science — the people who do it, those who benefit from it, and those who do not. He has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic, and a number of other local and national outlets. His first book, Suggestible You, is about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities. While researching the book he was poked, prodded, burned, electrocuted, hypnotized and even cursed by a witchdoctor, all in the name of science.
Liz Neeley is the Executive Director of The Story Collider, and the cohost of our weekly podcast. She is not a naturally gifted storyteller, but came into the field the hard way: reading research papers on narrative and science communication. She started her career as a marine biologist, and her first job was to support community-based projects in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Learning first-hand that science belongs to everyone changed everything. She misses the ocean these days, but loves getting to think about all different kinds of science now. Her biggest challenge is turning down new projects. Find her on twitter at @LizNeeley.