Category Archives: Humor

Save the Environment: Eat Invasive Species!

Wild boar.

While descriptions such as “free-range” and “organically grown” apply, the term “sustainable” is nowhere to be found on the flyer for this culinary event. Continue reading…

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The Science of Highbrow Humor

Scientists are not generally recognised for their sense of humour, but those disparagingly referred to as “geeks” by the more intellectually challenged of us have responded in their thousands to a question posed on the Reddit website: “What’s the most intellectual joke you know?” Continue reading…

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Amateur Science and Pathological Cranks

In this talk, Dixon delves into the collection of crank letters received by California Polytechnic State University over the years to explain the hallmarks of crankitude, the behaviors that raise red flags for professional scientists, and what we can actually learn about real science by studying fake science. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Advice for Creativity

It being the end of the school year, it is the season of graduation and commencement addresses. As a genre, the commencement address is one of those impossible forms in which one must tell a bunch of heavily schooled, somewhat self-satisfied listeners one last blast of motivational inspiration and platitudes that are usually a lot deeper than they appear on the surface. Continue reading…

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Scientists Get Honest

The Twitter hashtag #OverlyHonestMethods is where some scientists confess the weaknesses of their work with biting, sardonic, and usually hilarious honesty. Continue reading…

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