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Ellie asks, do we find different coral in the SB channel? The answer is that we
Ellie asks, do we find different coral in the SB channel? The answer is that we didn’t, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there! Coral requires clear waters and lots of light to grow because they aren’t able to float in the surface to get light like phytoplankton, so they’re not expected in productive places like the SB channel where the bottom of the ocean can be really dark! However the ocean is full of surprises! An expedition in 2016 found deep coral of many shapes and sizes and up to 4000 years old. Maybe we’ll see them next time! #sciencesaturday#postcards
16.02.2019 18:05:13
Have a question on robotics? Now is your chance to ask away! .

Is robotics all
Have a question on robotics? Now is your chance to ask away! . Is robotics all about robots or is there more to it? How can robotics be applied and what is smart manufacturing? Comment or DM us your questions below! 👇 . #Didyouknow A*STAR’s ARTC provides a platform to testbed smart manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing. It also works with companies to identify their needs and develop new parts to improve their efficiency. #askascientist
15.02.2019 09:05:07
Kellee Koenig, Geographic Information Systems Manager for @ConservationOrg’s Moo
Kellee Koenig, Geographic Information Systems Manager for @ConservationOrg’s Moore Center for Science hosts a special #AskAScientist Instagram Live event in honor of #WomenInScience Day.
13.02.2019 20:30:07
“How do you check that oxo-biodegradable plastics really work?” A good question
“How do you check that oxo-biodegradable plastics really work?” A good question that #scientist Michael Skehan answers in this episode of #askascientist
12.02.2019 11:53:54
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There's been lots of talk this winter about the number of dolphins around the Co
There's been lots of talk this winter about the number of dolphins around the Cornish coast. Winter is actually a very good time to see them, if the weather lets you. There's nothing unusual about this year a part from the weather being calmer, up until mid January at least. The dolphins are always there it's just that the weather allowed more people to be out on the water seeing them. Common dolphins arrive inshore in big numbers in July each year and are present until mid April. Mid April until the end of June is quieter close to the coast. They seem to head further off to feed around the frontal areas before tracking the shoaling fish back inshore in July. This picture is from March last year. . . . . . #dolphin#commondolphin#delphinusdelphis#ilovecormwall#ilovepenzance#ilovecornwalluk#capturingbritain_coast#seasafari#askascientist#marinediscovery#marinediscoverypenzance#marineecology#dolphinwatching#cornwalldolphins#cormwalldolphin#wildlifeincornwall#cornwallwildlife#cornwalcoast#wildcornwall
09.02.2019 09:26:21
#Repost @conservationorg
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With #WomenInScience day just around the corner, we
#Repost@conservationorg ・・・ With #WomenInScience day just around the corner, we are excited to announce our next #AskAScientist Instagram Live event. Kellee Koenig, Scientist for @ConservationOrg’s Moore Center for Science answers your questions on Feb. 11 12pm EST. Don’t wait, ask yours TODAY in our comments!
09.02.2019 03:09:18
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS BY FEB. 15th!
We’re doing an #AMA video for @americananthr
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS BY FEB. 15th! We’re doing an #AMA video for @americananthro Anthropology Day. FEED US YOUR DELICIOUS QUESTIONS AND WE WILL TURN THEM INTO ANSWERS AND STORIES THROUGH ALCHEMY. Use this link! https://goo.gl/5CUY5h #questions#anthropology#archaeology#human#people#ancient#history#stories#ama#askanarchaeologist#askascientist#ask#thedirtpodcast#tellyourfriends
04.02.2019 15:35:36
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS BY FEB. 15th!
We’re doing an #AMA video for @americananthr
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS BY FEB. 15th! We’re doing an #AMA video for @americananthro Anthropology Day. FEED US YOUR DELICIOUS QUESTIONS AND WE WILL TURN THEM INTO ANSWERS AND STORIES THROUGH ALCHEMY. Use this link! https://goo.gl/5CUY5h #questions#anthropology#archaeology#human#people#ancient#history#stories#ama#askanarchaeologist#askascientist#ask#thedirtpodcast#tellyourfriends
04.02.2019 15:35:36
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Everything you need for our awesome I ❤️ science issue! Plus a 10% discount on e
Everything you need for our awesome I ❤️ science issue! Plus a 10% discount on eco balloons with @Littlecherrytableware 👍🏾💓💚⠀ Not a subscriber? Hop over to our website #linkinbio Deadline to subscribe is midnight on Monday 4th Feb... tomorrow!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #issue43#kidslovescience#hearts#MakeaBeatingHeart#MakeaStethoscope#askascientist#interview#heartsurgeon#sciencehero#AnimalAntics#ecoclub#swans#birds#10AwesomelyAmazing#kitlist#scienceforkids#magazineforkids#kidsmagazine#WPB
03.02.2019 21:01:33
Any botanist have a clue what this is? Is it a lyken? Never seen anything like i
Any botanist have a clue what this is? Is it a lyken? Never seen anything like it before #conservation#askabotanist#askascientist
30.01.2019 17:51:06
Here’s a great #ScienceSaturday question - how far and deep in the Channel do we
Here’s a great #ScienceSaturday question - how far and deep in the Channel do we find phytoplankton? Phytoplankton are everywhere in the Santa Barbara Channel and in the global ocean! But since they need light to live and grow, they only live in the surface water, not the deep ocean. We saw a lot of cool phytoplankton on our #ACIDD cruise. Stay tuned for more questions soon!! #scicomm#QandA
27.01.2019 00:36:11
Why is the horseshoe crab's blood blue? What are some of the benefits researchin
Why is the horseshoe crab's blood blue? What are some of the benefits researching into fishes? 🤔 Have a fishy question for our scientist? . #DidYouKnow A*STAR's IMCB has done extensive research on fishes and how some genes in fishes could aid in human genome research? Now is your chance to ask away! Comment or DM us your questions below! 👇
26.01.2019 03:17:34
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In 'DeFINitely Hot' I discuss hot topics in #marinewildlifetourism from a resear
In 'DeFINitely Hot' I discuss hot topics in #marinewildlifetourism from a researcher's point of view. In the latest blog post I comment on the social media backlash self-accredited shark conservationists have caused as they shared content in which they've repeatedly initiated physical contact with a great white shark, aka 'Deep Blue'. Why professionals (and everyone else) should refrain from this behaviour and what the outrage means for prospective wildlife interactions can be discovered on marine-wildlife.org with the link provided in the Bio. As always, thanks for reading and spreading the word! 🦈🦈🦈 #sciblog#newblogpost#sharktourism#wildlifeinteractions
25.01.2019 03:38:38
Tune in tonight at 6:50pm EST to our latest Science Café. Dr. Chris Piecuch will
Tune in tonight at 6:50pm EST to our latest Science Café. Dr. Chris Piecuch will be talking us through sea level rise with the foresight and hindsight powers of physics and computer modeling. We'll be live-streaming right here on Instagram. 🌊 Start prepping those questions! #WHOI#SeaLevelRise#AskAScientist#KnowYourOcean
23.01.2019 18:39:54
“On any one day, you can massively change the direction of your life.” – Jim Roh
“On any one day, you can massively change the direction of your life.” – Jim Rohn. . Not every Ph.D. student travels down the same road. Johan Verbeeck is an excellent example of this. After 10 years of building a career in the pharmaceutical industry, he switched back to academic research. So why did he choose this unusual path? Find out now. . Go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!
21.01.2019 09:14:34
Are we past the point of no return? According to @ConservationOrg Senior Scienti
Are we past the point of no return? According to @ConservationOrg Senior Scientist Will Turner, “climate change has showed us – kind of shockingly – that humanity has the power to change the planet on a planetary scale. We are literally changing the #climate in a way the hasn’t happened in 10,000 years because of human activity. But the bright side of that is that we did that unintentionally. With intention and with the science that we have that’s informed our understanding for the problem of #climatechange, we CAN address this problem.” . Missed our #AskAScientist Instagram Live with Dr. Turner? Don’t worry! We’ll be back for more. Just look out for our next live event with @ConservationOrg experts and you can submit your pressing questions.
18.01.2019 17:00:27
@ConservationOrg Senior Scientist Will Turner hosts a special #AskAScientist Ins
@ConservationOrg Senior Scientist Will Turner hosts a special #AskAScientist Instagram Live to answer your questions about the state of our planet today and what we can do to ensure a healthy and prosperous future.
18.01.2019 14:26:04
🌈JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION🌏 ・・・
Set your alarm and tag your friends:
🌈JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION🌏 ・・・ Set your alarm and tag your friends: TODAY at 12pm EST, @ConservationOrg Senior Scientist Will Turner is answering your most pressing climate and environment questions during our special #AskAScientist Instagram Live. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS. . There’s still time to send us your questions – comment them below and tune in to see if it’s chosen. #Repost@conservationorg with @get_repost
18.01.2019 01:31:22
“Why do they call it rush hour, when nothing moves?” – Robin Williams. .
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“Why do they call it rush hour, when nothing moves?” – Robin Williams. . From Manila to Diepenbeek. An unexpected change in scenery for most but a logical step for Reina Tenorio. Find out how a passion for transportation sciences got her from one side of the globe to the other. . Go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!
17.01.2019 09:24:34
Smallest child was doing sciencey stuff with glitter and water. I can’t even sta
Smallest child was doing sciencey stuff with glitter and water. I can’t even start to understand how the glitter self-tesselates when he poured it through the funnel. How? Quite literally how? Where’s #professorbriancox when you need him?! #maths#glitter#hexagons#science#mathsproblem#scienceconundrum#howjusthow#how#confused#askascientist#glitterproblems#tesselation#alexbellos#funnel#shapes#riddlemethis#sciencekids
13.01.2019 23:09:43
Kickstart 2019 and become a real-life recycler by turning old paper into new pap
Kickstart 2019 and become a real-life recycler by turning old paper into new paper... ready, shreddy, go! Subscribe by midnight tomorrow 4th January whizzpopbang.com⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #recycling#goeco#whatisrecycling#recyclingheroes#askascientist#quiz#animalantics#howstuffworks#ecoclub#sciencejokes#riddles#sciencemagazine#scienceforkids#subscribe#linkinbio#issue42
03.01.2019 21:00:10
Physics is phun! Go ahead and groan, but it is :-) Last night my kids and I had
Physics is phun! Go ahead and groan, but it is :-) Last night my kids and I had lots of fun (phun) playing with static electricity. You can too! Blow up a balloon and rub it fast on your shirt or hair. Then let go... it sticks! Why? Like all matter, balloons, shirts, and hair are made of atoms. Atoms contain positively charged parts called protons and negatively charged parts called electrons. (They contain other things too, but those aren’t important right now....) When you rub the balloon on your hair or shirt, negatively charged electrons are transferred from your hair/shirt to the balloon. This leaves your hair/shirt with a slight positive charge, and the balloon with a slight negative charge. What happens when something positive encounters something negative? They stick! #jackieinthelab#kidscience#staticelectricity#actuallivingscientist#askascientist
18.12.2018 22:56:48
I just posted answers to your questions about foundation. I really enjoyed resea
I just posted answers to your questions about foundation. I really enjoyed researching and would love to do it again. Since I've got this beautiful red lip on today hit me with your questions about lipstick. Anything from what to buy to how the different formulas are made. Also go check out my stories to find out the answers to last week's questions. #chemistry#makeupnerd#makeup#featurethechemistry#askmeaquestion#askascientist#womeninstem#womendoingscience#stem#scicomm#thescicommunity#cosmeticchemist#cosmeticchemistry#research#learn#lipstick
18.12.2018 13:04:57
How does performing with bare feet help you to play music? We interview percussi
How does performing with bare feet help you to play music? We interview percussionist Evelyn Glennie about the link between music and science, and how she makes award-winning music despite losing her hearing at the age of eight. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #issue41#jinglebellrock#soundsofscience#percussion#percussionist#vibrations#music#askascientist#composer#powerofmusic#feelthemusic#interviewwithascientist#imagination#play#WPB#scienceforkids#subscribe
13.12.2018 21:00:31
What’s up everyone!! We’re on the hunt for QUESTIONS.

Next week, we’re recordin
What’s up everyone!! We’re on the hunt for QUESTIONS. Next week, we’re recording our #mailbag episode and need all those good good #science,#movie, or host related questions to answer! Hit us up here, our Facebook, our Twitter, or at reelsciencecast@gmail.com! . . . . #podcast#podcasts#sciencefiction#movies#scifi#askascientist
08.12.2018 14:20:06
Have no clue about the flu? Lucky for you, our team of scientists do! So say bye
Have no clue about the flu? Lucky for you, our team of scientists do! So say bye to achoo, and hello to learning something new. Yes, we did just rhyme, but check out the latest #AskAScientist anyways! #fluseason#vaccinate#vaccinations#flu#NIVW18#FightFlu#VaccinesWork
06.12.2018 21:15:30
In case you need help securing the funding for a subscription to Whizz Pop Bang
In case you need help securing the funding for a subscription to Whizz Pop Bang for your school, share this review from renowned primary science expert, Paul Tyler. Subscribe with our early bird offer from £115* for an annual subscription + resources with unlimited teacher log-ins.⠀ *Offer ends 31/12/18⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #linkinbio#reviews#WPB#scienceinschool#prisci#primaryrocks#sciencerocks#readingrocks#STEMed#teachersofinstagram#girlsinSTEM#futurescientists#careers#whenIgrowup#askascientist
05.12.2018 07:27:14
“Microorganisms will give you anything you want if you know how to ask them.” –
“Microorganisms will give you anything you want if you know how to ask them.” – Kinichiro Sakaguchi. 🦠🧫 . Today Clarivate Analytics (@clarivateanalytics) released their 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list. An annual list of researchers that have distinguished themselves by publishing a high number of papers that rank in the top 1 % of most cited articles within their respective field in the last decade. 👏 This showcases that their scientific work is judged by their peers to be of great significance and that they are leading the way in solving the big challenges of our world. Only very few researchers earn this distinction and among them is UHasselt professor Jaco Vangronsveld.👍 . Discover his story by clicking the link in our profile! . [IMAGE: dr. Jaco Vangronsveld being interviewed by inSCIght]
27.11.2018 10:26:12
Our new video brochures are a great way for our distributors to communicate comp
Our new video brochures are a great way for our distributors to communicate complex science, each brochure is preloaded with our #askascientist series and can be updated with a simple drag and drop from our website! . . . . Thanks @videobrochuremarketing for putting them together, great job, would highly recommended!
23.11.2018 12:02:27
“Without coffee, something’s missing.” – Al Pacino. ☕️
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“Without coffee, something’s missing.” – Al Pacino. ☕️ . You enter a bar with some friends, still rubbing your hands together to overcome the freezing cold ❄️ of the winter wonderland you just escaped from. You’re craving for a hot drink🤔. A delightful cup of coffee perhaps? However, it’s already late and you don’t want to give up a good night’s sleep. Luckily for you, the place you just entered offers decaf coffee😅. A couple hours later you’re turning around in bed for the 200th time wondering why you can’t seem to fall asleep😐. Was it truly decaf coffee that you drank earlier that night? Or did they screw you over with a regular one? 🤯 The answer might surprise you… . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!☝️😁 . [IMAGE: dr. Wouter Marchal being interviewed about the surprising decaf coffee results]
19.11.2018 09:33:33
Ask a scientist or engineer! Check out our latest blog post about a video series
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Ask a scientist or engineer! Check out our latest blog post about a video series hosted by the AEOP apprenticeship programs. Each video features a discussion with Army scientists about their research focus and what a day in their life looks like. Link in bio! #STEM#science#askascientist#engineer
16.11.2018 19:19:01
For #AskAScientist on Day 2 of #PinoyBiotech2018, a number of students asked, “H
For #AskAScientist on Day 2 of #PinoyBiotech2018, a number of students asked, “How’s your lab life? and the young scientists at @irri Genetic Transformation Laboratory responded. “Everyday is a big adventure for us in the lab since you'll never know how things will work out. And everything will always be a team effort.” - Mico,Dace,Yvonne,Reena,Benny, Rommel, Vangie It’s Day 3 of #PinoyBiotech2018 and you can still #AskAScientist your questions on biotech. First 50 to visit the @irri booth win a prize. See you later!
15.11.2018 01:11:41
“Your body hears everything your mind says.” – Naomi Judd.
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There are over 400
“Your body hears everything your mind says.” – Naomi Judd. . There are over 400 million adults on this planet who suffer from diabetes, a chronic disease that causes over 1.5 million deaths a year. Today on ‘World Diabetes Day’, we ask ourselves the question: What do we actually know about diabetes? What is its impact on our society? And what are scientists researching this condition up to?🤔 . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!😁☝️ . [IMAGE: dr. Maaike Van Den Houte working on her research at her laptop]
14.11.2018 09:32:12
We’ve got a full house at the @irri booth. Super thrilled to see so many student
We’ve got a full house at the @irri booth. Super thrilled to see so many students #AskaScientist about genetic transformation and #riceresearch at #PinoyBiotech2018
14.11.2018 07:38:21
ASK A SCIENTIST #askascientist
Do you have a burning question about coral reefs?
ASK A SCIENTIST #askascientist Do you have a burning question about coral reefs? Or are you curious about life on board a research vessel? Well, now's your chance to ask! During the expedition, our onboard team of experts will be on hand to answer YOUR questions directly from the field. Here's an example from Julatten State School "How do you record the locations of the corals you are studying?" To get involved please post on our social media with the hashtag #askascientist or submit through the following page: https://www.greatbarrierreeflegacy.org/education
14.11.2018 06:15:08
“Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality.” – Dalai Lama. ☝️
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“Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality.” – Dalai Lama. ☝️ . Yearly, over 1800 Ph.D. students hand in their thesis in Flanders. These studies easily find their way to scientific journals in the form of publications, but only a tiny fraction manages to reach the outside world🤔. Therefore, the Ph.D. Cup🏆 was founded, a competition where recently graduated Ph.D. students inspire our society with their scientific research👏. Tim De Ceunynck is one of them and even managed to get into the finals, which take place tonight. So we at inSCIght decided to drop by at Vias Institute where he currently works and discover what he does and why he wants to share it.😁 . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!☝️😁 . [IMAGE: dr. Tim De Ceunynck presenting his research on the semi-finals of the PhDcup by VRT NWS]
13.11.2018 15:54:01
“Burnout happens when you avoid being human for too long” – Michael Gungor
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“Burnout happens when you avoid being human for too long” – Michael Gungor . Today we speak to Prof. Katleen Bogaerts, who recently joined the Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy research group of UHasselt. Working both in research and clinical practice, she has extensive experience on stress physiology and stress-related disorders. Let’s benefit from her expertise on burn-out☝️: . Q: What is burn-out? . A: The cause of burn-out is multifactorial, implying (interactions of) work-related and person-specific risk factors. It is a result of prolonged strain without recuperation. Chronic stress leads to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and HPA axis; causing a wide range of impairing cognitive, affective and physical complaints, of which feeling exhausted is a key symptom. . Q: Being a researcher, do you think that certain elements of your career increase the risk of burn-out? . A: It is important that job demands never outstrip a person’s ability to cope with stress. Known job-related risk factors include unrealistically high workloads, low social support, lack of reward or recognition, poor organizational resources, low levels of job control, etc. However, some personality profiles are more susceptible than others. Burn-out often affects precisely those who are hard-working, perfectionistic, conscientious, being in control, and loyal. These are very positive qualities but they may be pitfalls too. It is essential to know how to engage these qualities in your benefit instead of losing yourself in them. . Q: Can science inform us on techniques to fight burn-out? . A: We know that only prescribed sick leave and rest does not work. There are three different stages in treatment: a recuperation phase (complaints reduction, dosage and relaxation); active recovery phase (learning coping skills, tackling problems and avoidance); and reintegration phase (gradual employment integration, putting new skills into practice and relapse prevention). International guidelines suggest a multidisciplinary approach, including cognitive-behavioral treatment and organizational interventions as being most effective. . [IMAGE: Photograph of Prof. Katleen Bogaerts]
13.11.2018 09:06:00
“Explore, dream, discover” – Mark Twain.
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Last week on the 8th of November over
“Explore, dream, discover” – Mark Twain. . Last week on the 8th of November over 1200 high school students participated in the very first edition of UHasselt’s Tasting Days (#proefdagen)😱🙏, a unique initiative in collaboration with Hogeschool PXL where students get a taste of what higher education is like😁. It was a pleasure to see all these young people discover various STEM disciplines and getting inspired by science.☝️👏 thanks to all participants and helping hands! . [IMAGE: High school students following science courses at the very first UHasselt tasting days]
12.11.2018 10:35:18
Have a question about #optics or #photonics? Submit your question to our #AskASc
Have a question about #optics or #photonics? Submit your question to our #AskAScientist portal on Optics4Kids. Check it out today: http://ow.ly/7NMa30myR2G #STEMresources#TeacherResources#HomeworkHelp
11.11.2018 16:35:07
Need some stress relief? Breathe in.... breathe out...
What do balloons, a straw
Need some stress relief? Breathe in.... breathe out... What do balloons, a straw, a bottle, and play doh have to do with breathing? As my students will tell you, everything! This is a model of how we breathe. The bottle represents our chest cavity. The red ballon inside connected to the outside world by the straw represents our lungs connected to the outside world by our windpipe and nose/mouth. The blue balloon at the bottom acts as our diaphragm- the big muscle that moves up and down as we breathe. When our diaphragm moves down, pressure in the chest cavity decreases causing a partial vacuum. That causes air to rush in through the windpipe from the outside world to inflate the lungs and fill the void. Then, we push the diaphragm up, increasing pressure in the chest. This pushes air back out of the lungs, deflating them, and sending air through the windpipe into the outside world. Go ahead... breathe in... breathe out... #jackieinthelab#science#actuallivingscientist#breathe#askascientist
11.11.2018 13:00:39
#tbt Pablo Londero hands out stickers to West Campus Science Festival participan
#tbt Pablo Londero hands out stickers to West Campus Science Festival participants as they “Ask a scientist!” in the morning of November 3rd. Six stickers earned students the chance to pick a prize from the @yalepathwaystoscience prize table. Students kept the great questions coming throughout the day! It was wonderful to work with @yalepathwaystoscience and our @yalewestcampus colleagues on this event! #yaleipch#outreach#futurescientist#askascientist#scienceandart#dream-team
09.11.2018 05:11:06
Gibt es etwas, das du schon immer mal wissen wolltest, aber nur WissenschaftlerI
Gibt es etwas, das du schon immer mal wissen wolltest, aber nur WissenschaftlerInnen beantworten können? Bei „Ask a Scientist“ kannst du deine Wissenslücken füllen: Stelle eine Frage und wir beschaffen dir die Antwort der ExpertInnen. Mehr dazu gibt es auf unserer Website (Link in der Bio). 👨‍🏫👩‍🔬 #scienceclip#science#communication#clippy#cat#space#askascientist#knowledge#scribble#igersaustria
08.11.2018 16:08:57
Do you have a burning question about science? About research? About being a stud
Do you have a burning question about science? About research? About being a student? About the life of a scientist? @thescicommunity is dedicated to connecting science lovers around the world. We are a community. Through all of our members, we have access to expertise and advice from every corner of Science and Science Education and Science Outreach. Each Wednesday, we will answer a question from one of you. Specifically, we will find one of our members who can best answer your questions and let them explain to the best of their knowledge. This way, you can ask a Google style question and get a real human answer. Use this post to ask your questions! You can ask anything from a question about the Earth's atmosphere to how someone get started in science communication. We are also restarting Fresh Pressed Science with Gabi @gserratomarks and Susanna @susannalharris - their new episode gives tips on when to be DONE with experiments. Each week, they will be presenting a new episode, which will either be focused on giving advice about grad school or talking to someone doing really cool research and sharing it on social media. They'd love to hear your questions, too! Links in bio! [Image: "ask a scicommunity member" words next to a tree with leaf background] #scicomm#sciencecommunication#askmeanything#amascience#phdlife#gradschool#scientists#sciencelife#chemistryquestion#biological#askascientist#scienceengagement#scienceoutreach#ama
07.11.2018 13:39:42
“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hear
“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama . Yesterday, we launched a brand new science project called “Chemonomics”. 👏This pilot project is a collaboration between the chemistry department of UHasselt and 4 secondary schools. The goal? To inspire high school students with entrepreneurship and science.👍😁 . Learn more about this awesome program on our website.☝️ . [IMAGE: Students performing experiments under the guidance of a Ph.D. student]
07.11.2018 09:50:49
This time on 'Ask a Scientist' I write about people's lifelong dream to swim wit
This time on 'Ask a Scientist' I write about people's lifelong dream to swim with dolphins and why it's important to consider the species beforehand to get your expectations right. Because not all dolphin types are suitable for these kinds of interactions. Read more in the latest #blogpost displayed in the Bio. As always thanks for reading and spreading the word! 🤓 💻🖱️#marinewildlifetourism#sciblog#askascientist 🐬🐬🐬
07.11.2018 03:24:33
“Surrender to what is” – Sonia Ricotti
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Dr. Karolien Notebaert is a cognitive n
“Surrender to what is” – Sonia Ricotti . Dr. Karolien Notebaert is a cognitive neuroscientist who cofounded Notebaert Consulting, a company that brings science to business. Last year, she spoke at @tedxuhasselt. Her talk, “Hack your own brain🧠”, described the power of mindfulness self-regulation as a way to manage and optimize our cognitive potential and avoid mental exhaustion. So we contacted her for a few questions.☝️ . Q: Researchers have been found to suffer from high levels of stress and to be at risk of mental strain and psychological distress. How do you think mindfulness can help them? . A: Stress is caused by too much activation in a brain region called the amygdala. When this occurs, the amygdala will drain energy from the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that is significantly involved in our analytical and cognitive skills that are of crucial importance for researchers. Mindfulness will effectively downregulate amygdala activation and boost the prefrontal cortex. It is exactly this change in our brain that increases our cognitive and analytical skills – without having to work more! . Q: What is mindfulness? . A: Mindfulness is a scientifically underbuilt self-regulation strategy with which we can – as good as it gets – develop our own potential and an improved cognitive performance. It allows us to become the best version of ourselves. But no need for candles in our ears, it’s far from esotery. . Q: Part of the stress in academia comes from the high pressure and lack of time. Is it realistic to believe that adding mindfulness to researchers’ already exploding schedules will actually help them? . A: As a scientist and practitioner of mindfulness, I am convinced that it will lead to less mental workload and greater cognitive results. With only 5 to 10 minutes of practice per day, effects will already kick in. Regular, at best daily, practice is important. However, it is of crucial importance that mindfulness is practiced in the correct way, so be aware of charlatans. Mindfulness is not just any type of meditation! . [IMAGE: Photograph of Karolien Notebaert]
06.11.2018 08:50:22
“Know you belong here.” – Andrea Gibson☝️
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Christine Liu (@christineliuart) is
“Know you belong here.” – Andrea Gibson☝️ . Christine Liu (@christineliuart) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience🧠 at UC Berkeley. Besides unravelling how the dopamine system works, she is an experienced science communicator🗣 who empowers scientists by raising awareness on academic life. She recently wrote an eye-opening piece on the effects of academic settings on researchers. Let’s ask her about it. . Q: The article starts with your personal experience of ‘imposter syndrome’. What is the imposter syndrome, and how did it affect you? . A: I am lucky in that I was introduced to the concept of imposter syndrome when I was an undergrad, before experiencing it. The day I started my Ph.D., I truly understood the negativity that imposter syndrome could bring. For me, imposter syndrome was feeling like I wasn't as capable as my peers, needing to hide when I didn't know an answer and constantly proving that I belonged. I hesitated to ask questions and was cautious in revealing gaps in knowledge. These fears were stifling my ability to grow as a scientist. . Q: You also mention that imposter syndrome might not reflect genuine inadequacy. How is that so? . A: When I learned that almost everyone deals with imposter syndrome, even tenured professors elected to prestigious societies, I began to question the concept of being an imposter in science. An imposter is someone who doesn't belong, intentionally deceiving others. The fact that nearly all scientists struggle with toxic self-doubt made me wonder how much of imposter syndrome is sparked by our scientific culture rather than a personal shortcoming. . Q: How can we counter imposter syndrome? . A: There are ways to protect ourselves from the mental strife of imposter syndrome and to promote a healthy environment for others, but I think a deeper problem to address is the idea that science is or should be, a true meritocracy. We tend to assume that previous achievements and accolades fully predict future potential, but that is simply untrue. Everyone can meaningfully contribute to science. We often tell students "there are no dumb questions”, it's about time we practice it ourselves. . [IMAGE: Photograph of Christine Liu]
30.10.2018 14:05:31
Introducing, Michael Skehan, Michael has a degree in Structural Molecular Biolog
Introducing, Michael Skehan, Michael has a degree in Structural Molecular Biology and is responsible for overseeing the routine internal characterisation and accelerated ageing of all oxo-biodegradable finished product applications. Catch him in more detail in this weeks #askascientist episode! . . . . #scienceexplained#molecularbiology#environmentalscience#greentechnology#staffappreciation
30.10.2018 12:52:24
Do you offer packages that can be integrated after my house has been sided? #Ask
Do you offer packages that can be integrated after my house has been sided? #AskAScientist
29.10.2018 14:28:51
“Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever” – Paul Auster. .
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“Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever” – Paul Auster. . Every two seconds⏳, someone on this planet🌍 will face the terrible consequences of having a stroke. Today on ‘World Stroke Day’ we ask ourselves the question🤔: What do we actually know about stroke? What is its impact on our society? And what are scientists researching this condition up to? . Every year new professors start their academic journey at Hasselt University. In ‘inSCIde the Spotlight’ we want to showcase their hopes, dreams and especially research to the world. Today we aim our inSCIght spotlight🔦 at professor Annelies Bronckaers. . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!👍😁 . [IMAGE: Professor Annelies Bronckaers standing in the lab together with her Ph.D. students]
29.10.2018 11:30:19
#DYK the average bellybutton is filled with loads and loads of bacteria – up to
#DYK the average bellybutton is filled with loads and loads of bacteria – up to 67 different species? Should we be concerned? No way! Didn't you learn about microbiomes in our #AskAScientist? Nothing but love for these navel occupants. #spookyscience#halloween#scienceiscool#7DaysofSpookyScience
28.10.2018 15:47:02
‪Had a great time talking to 3 classes at @ShineonSPES in Florida for #SkypeASci
‪Had a great time talking to 3 classes at @ShineonSPES in Florida for #SkypeAScientist! Great questions and so much fun. Thanks so much for having me! 🦑🦈🐋🦀🐡🦑🐳🐟🐬 #science#studentengagement#askascientist#SciComm#outreach
25.10.2018 18:37:39
“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change
“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.” – Rajendra K. Pachauri.🌍 . Climate change is the single biggest thing that mankind has ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to put a stop to it.☝️ Therefore, one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations to transform our world is ‘Climate Action’. With the IPCC Climate Report being just published and the UN Climate Summit of 2019 in sight, we went to scientist Jill Peeters (@jillpeeterswx), Belgian weather presenter, founder of Climate Without Borders and member of the Climate Action Leadership Network on United Nations Day.👍 . Go check out the full story by clicking on the link in our profile! . [IMAGE: Jill Peeters presenting the weather]
24.10.2018 09:20:39
“Help the life of one person and you can help the community” – Steven Sawalich🙏
“Help the life of one person and you can help the community” – Steven Sawalich🙏 . Susanna Harris (@susannalharris) is a Ph.D. student in microbiology at the University of North Carolina, USA. In addition to the hard work and struggle of completing a Ph.D., Susanna founded The PhDepression LLC. Let’s ask her about it!🤔 . Q: Before anything, what is The PhDepression LLC, and what inspired you to create it? . A: The PhDepression LLC is an online community dedicated to raising awareness and promoting discussion of mental illness in Higher Education. After reading the 2018 Nature Biotech paper from Evans, et al about how nearly 40% of graduate students may have anxiety or depression, I felt much less alone. I deal with clinical depression, but it’s not something that I would ever talk about with my peers – we are all trying so hard to hide our flaws and insecurities. I wanted to challenge the idea that we are all as happy and okay as we look (say, on social media) and the @ph_d_epression page was born. . Q: Who is the target of The PhDepression LLC? Is it only for Ph.D. students? . A: We want to create a world in which academics can seek out help for their mental health just as easily as they do for their physical health and educational growth. Emotional well-being should be part of being a productive member of Academia, whether that person is a grad student, has long-since left grad school, or is looking forward to starting their journey in Higher Ed! . Q: So far, how has it been received in the scientific community? Has it been welcomed or criticized? . A: Almost all responses have been enthusiastically positive! Sure, there are some people who are skeptical that anything can really be changed, and we still get the occasional “well, grad school is supposed to be hard.” There seems to be a generational effect, where younger faculty and trainees are especially welcoming to the project and are most eager to help, but nobody of any age has tried to stop us! . [IMAGE: Photograph of Susanna Harris]
23.10.2018 09:33:02
Let’s talk vaccines (and help my students review for their immunology exam at th
Let’s talk vaccines (and help my students review for their immunology exam at the same time). First, we need to understand the immune system. The immune system is how our bodies prevent bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens (things that cause disease) from constantly making us sick. Once a specific troublemaker is identified, the special forces are activated - the “adaptive immune system.” The cells in our adaptive immune system each recognize only one type of pathogen, so they’re mostly quiet unless their specific pathogen is around. The adaptive immune cells that recognize the bacteria that cause strep throat would be quiet during a battle against the bacteria that cause an ear infection, for example, but would be activated during a strep infection. In our body, the adaptive immune system is slow to respond when a pathogen first invades, but once it responds, the attack is strong. After the pathogen has been defeated, “memory cells” remain in our body. This means that the SECOND time a specific pathogen enters our body, the body is already on high alert and the memory cells respond immediately. Our body’s defense is FASTER and STRONGER the second time than it was the first time, because these memory cells are present. Ok, back to vaccines. A vaccine typically injects an “attenuated” (weakened) or killed pathogen into our body. Therefore, the pathogen-like things in the vaccine can’t actually make us sick, but our immune system responds as if this were a real infection. The adaptive immune system against the specific pathogen is activated and memory cells are created. These memory cells mean our body is now on high alert, so that if we were ever to be exposed to the actual pathogen, our immune response would be faster and stronger than it would have without the prior exposure from the vaccine. I want my body to respond quickly and effectively if I’m exposed to the flu. I got my flu shot this morning. I encourage you to get yours. #jackieinthelab#askascientist#actuallivingscientist#science
22.10.2018 19:04:45
What is EPA Lead Certification? #AskAScientist
What is EPA Lead Certification? #AskAScientist...more
22.10.2018 16:15:46
Congratulations to @kajalrisbud on defending her masters thesis today! Thanks to
Congratulations to @kajalrisbud on defending her masters thesis today! Thanks to your hard work we now have a better understanding of why certain cancer drugs work in some patients but not others. Now get some well-deserved rest! #jackieinthelab#science#actuallivingscientist#askascientist
19.10.2018 21:56:52
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” – Martin L
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. . Yesterday we celebrated ‘Happy Aging Day’ at the UHasselt, an amazing initiative organized by the Happy Aging community👏. On this day experts from far and wide come together to share their insights on aging. Among them is Prof. Nir Barzilai, one of the leading experts on this planet when it comes to longevity. So we could not let the opportunity pass to sit down with him for a moment and talk about the future of becoming old. . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile! . [IMAGE: Prof. Nir Barzilai being interviewed]
19.10.2018 11:59:57
“It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished
“It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished planet.” – Charles Kuralt. . Earthquakes, the sudden release of energy stored below the surface of the Earth🌍 that can have disastrous consequences for humans and their environment. This trembling, rolling and vibration of the ground beneath our feet occurs almost every day and everywhere. It is estimated that there are over 500 000 detectable earthquakes each year, scattered across the globe.🤔 . Most of these are imperceptible yet the effect of some can be felt socially, environmentally and economically. Preventing them is impossible, so suitable safety actions should be taken👍. Today on ‘International #ShakeOut Day’ when millions of people over the world participate in the largest earthquake drill, we talk with Rajarshi Das, a Ph.D. student at UHasselt who researches safer structures that can resist earthquakes. . Want to know more? Then go check out our brand new article on our website! You can find the link in the bio. . [IMAGE: UHasselt Ph.D. student Rajarshi Das working on computer models]
18.10.2018 13:52:15
My students have their first exam today. Time to break out the lucky exam socks!
My students have their first exam today. Time to break out the lucky exam socks!!! #science#pharmed18#corehighered#actuallivingscientist#askascientist#jackieinthelab#luckyexamsocks
17.10.2018 15:19:31
When Dr. Tom Waters ask “Do you want to see the pretties?” Don’t pass up the opp
When Dr. Tom Waters ask “Do you want to see the pretties?” Don’t pass up the opportunity! Here Tom is showing off some of the volutes. These are marine snails in the family volutidae, many lack the lid that closes the opening of a shell called the operculum. They are predatory snail living in shallow waters from the tropics to the poles. With any shell this large and beautiful humans have found some great uses. But I was surprised when Tom called the large one center front a “Bailer Shell”. This is melo melo found in the South China Sea. Fisherman catch them to sell the snail as food, the shell is used for decoration or as a scoop. For shells that don’t sell the fisherman will use them to bail their boat. . . . #🐌🐌🐌#🐚🌊#🐚#gastropod#marinesnail#marinesnails#askascientist#askacurator#naturalhistory#naturalhistorymuseum#melomelo#bailingboat#🛶⚓️
16.10.2018 22:59:35
“You’re only as old as your spine” – Joseph Pilates.
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Low back pain, a worldwid
“You’re only as old as your spine” – Joseph Pilates. . Low back pain, a worldwide🌍 phenomenon on the rise📈 and the leading cause of years lost to disability👎. Almost everyone will suffer from low back pain at some point in their life, regardless of their age. Yet despite its staggering prevalence, its cause often remains shrouded in mystery. Today on ‘World Spine Day’ we ask ourselves the question: What is low back pain? What do we know about its origin? And will we ever be able to prevent its devastating impact on society?🤔 . Every year new professors start their academic journey at Hasselt University. In ‘inSCIde the Spotlight’ we want to showcase their hopes, dreams and especially research to the world. Today on ‘World Spine Day’ we aim our inSCIght spotlight at Professor Lotte Janssens. . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!☝️😁 . [IMAGE: An anatomical model of a spine]
16.10.2018 13:05:42
“A difficult message to hear is an opportunity to enrich someone’s life” – Marsh
“A difficult message to hear is an opportunity to enrich someone’s life” – Marshall Rosenberg.🙏 . For our first interview on mental health in the academic world, we went to prof. Frederik Anseel who was part of the core team of researchers that unveiled🔎 the mental health issues that wreak havoc among Ph.D. students in Flanders through the influential paper “Work organization and mental health problems in Ph.D. students”, published in Research Policy. Currently, he is a professor in organizational behavior and vice-dean of research at Kings College London (@kings_college_london). Let’s find out more about the impact of his findings.🤔 . Q: Disclosing the weaknesses of academia to researchers is definitely not an easy task. How was your research received in the scientific community? . A: Let’s say it was, and still is, a split vote. We received tons of positive comments and encouragements, telling us how important it was to systematically study mental health in academia. But at the same time, some did not agree with the results and even questioned our methods. I don’t have a problem with this, but what I do hope is that they acknowledge that mental health requires more attention. . Q: Considering the reactions and extensive media coverage following your findings, do you have hope that it will initiate change? . A: I don’t believe one study can usher in change. However, I do believe that our study, together with others that are currently being conducted, has helped to direct attention to the underestimated problem that is mental health issues in academia as a whole. . Q: In your personal view, what would help to protect the psychological well-being of Ph.D. students? . A: The road to obtaining a Ph.D. will always remain a difficult trajectory. It is one of the most challenging intellectual journeys one can embark on. However, an advisor/promotor with strong leadership skills as well as a structured and safe environment that provides a clear path forward could already make all the difference. . [IMAGE: Photograph of professor Frederik Anseel]
16.10.2018 08:20:15
This is a lot of fish! 🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟 Seriously, not only are there a great number of fis
This is a lot of fish! 🐟🐟🐟🐟🐟 Seriously, not only are there a great number of fish in this jar the jar itself is called a lot. Lots consist of all specimens of a species collected at the same time and place. At the Museum of Biological Diversity our fish collection consists of nearly 8 million specimens, with strong holdings from the Midwest and North America. . . . . #fishes🐠#fishes#fish#naturalhistory#collections#askascientist#askacurator#ichthyology#ichthyosis#🐟🐟🐟🐟#🐠🐠🐠#fishmuseum
15.10.2018 20:40:02
I loved doing science experiments for little kids and representing Ask a Scienti
I loved doing science experiments for little kids and representing Ask a Scientist at Boo at the Zoo with my Ben. ☺️ 🌵&🍍 #askascientist#booatthezoo#benleradventures
14.10.2018 23:49:25
Introducing our newest Master of Science, @kshitidholakia! It was an honor to be
Introducing our newest Master of Science, @kshitidholakia! It was an honor to be part of your defense today. Thanks to your hard work, we have a better understanding of how certain compounds found in plants can be used to fight prostate cancer. Congratulations on a job well done! #askascientist#actuallivingscientist#science#jackieinthelab
11.10.2018 21:29:38
“Childhood obesity is a real problem.” – Susan Neely.☝️
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“Childhood obesity is a real problem.” – Susan Neely.☝️ . Obesity, a condition in which the abnormal and excessive accumulation of fat poses a serious health risk🛑. Every year more than 2 million people die as a consequence of overweight or obesity. The prevalence of obesity has tripled over the past 43 years, with over half a billion cases worldwide🌍. However, childhood obesity is now on the rise📈 as well with more than 124 million children suffering from it, placing an entire generation at risk. Today on World Obesity Day we ask ourselves the question: How can we counter this serious public health challenge? Should prevention of childhood obesity already begin before or during pregnancy? And what do we actually know about it?🤔 . Every year new professors start their academic journey at Hasselt University. In ‘inSCIde the Spotlight’ we want to showcase their hopes, dreams and especially research to the world. Today on ‘World Obesity Day’ we aim our inSCIght spotlight🔦 at professor Michelle Plusquin. . So go check it out by clicking the link in our profile!😁👍 . [IMAGE: Professor Michelle Plusquin explaining her research on a press conference]
11.10.2018 11:30:17
Jose Orlando Combita Heredia work was pictured on the cover of Systemic & Applie
Jose Orlando Combita Heredia work was pictured on the cover of Systemic & Applied Acarology. The featured article describes a new species of mite found on dung beetles. As it’s name suggests the Megalolaelaps colossus mite is huge at a staggering 5 mm! That is really big for a mite, trust us. The mite lives in close quarters with the dung beetle with all life stages except larva were found. This paper described for the first time all the instars (mite as it develops) in this genus. Well done! 👏👏👏👏👏 #newspecies#mite#acarology#askascientist#museumlife#naturalhistory
10.10.2018 19:01:20
“There is no health without mental health” – David Satcher🧠
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The semester just
“There is no health without mental health” – David Satcher🧠 . The semester just started. Emails and task lists have piled up during the summer. Chaos is ready to be unleashed. But before it all goes mayhem there is one important question I want you to ask yourself: "How are you doing?”🤔 . In the past few years, the debate about the wellbeing of scientists has gained significant momentum. Disrupted work-life balance, uncertain future opportunities, short-term contracts, multi-tasking, auto-management, competition… no wonder researchers are an interesting cohort to study😅. . One 2017 study in particular shook the academic landscape to its foundations. A team of researchers, lead by Prof. Katia Levecque from @ugent, exposed the troubling fact that Flemish Ph.D. students are far more likely to suffer from mental health problems than equivalent highly educated individuals. To make this conclusion, the team assessed Ph.D. students using the General Health Questionnaire — a 12-item questionnaire to evaluate psychological distress — and found that over half suffered from at least 2 of the 12 symptoms assessed, making them reach the threshold for psychological distress. Furthermore, 1/3rd of the participants were associated with 4 items or more, making them at risk of experiencing common psychiatric disorders. Teresa Evans and colleagues (2018) found similar trends in the USA. . Several factors may lie at the root of these issues. A lack of support and communication in the workplace, ambiguous and exaggerated demands, time constraints for conducting research, and the pressure to publish are only a few of the critical problems that are surfacing (Kinman, 2010). But the lack of stability may also play a great role in the stress generated, especially for early career researchers who are unlikely to secure tenured or permanent positions in academia (ESF, 2017). . In the coming weeks, we will explore the wellbeing of researchers from different perspectives. Stay tuned to gain more inSCIght on recent developments on the topic, lived experiences, and potential coping strategies☝️. This is #TrueTuesday. . [IMAGE: David Satcher quote: There is no health without mental health]
09.10.2018 12:53:52
Meet Dr Abby Koppes, one of our #EAT panel experts! Dr. Koppes is an Assistant P
Meet Dr Abby Koppes, one of our #EAT panel experts! Dr. Koppes is an Assistant Professor @northeastern in the Chemical Engineering Department. Her work examines the gut-brain-axis, a complex bi-directional communication pathway between the gastrointestinal tract, the enteric nervous system (ENS), and the central nervous system (CNS). This pathway is implicated in not only gastrointestinal function, but also cognitive tasks like memory and decision making. On November 3, she will cut through the hype and speak TRUTH to what is actually happening in your gut and how we know it affects your brain. Get your tickets NOW!. . . . #EAT#guthealth#askascientist#scicomm#wellness#healthyeating#healthygut#gutbrainconnection#guthealthmatters#mentalhealth#mindbody#gutmicrobiome#ladyscientist#hype#boston#science#healthybody#newenglandhealth#bostonwellness#healthymind#bostonfitness#fitfam#eathealthy#wellnessjourney#wellnessexplained#strongprocess
08.10.2018 18:21:47
A common question, what types of siding do you offer? Hear what the Siding Scien
A common question, what types of siding do you offer? Hear what the Siding Scientist has to say! #AskAScientist
08.10.2018 14:27:01
#ziggythecockapoo was our #mascot yesterday #climatesignalsnyc - part of a #city
#ziggythecockapoo was our #mascot yesterday #climatesignalsnyc - part of a #citywide#artinstallation by @justinbriceguariglia - yesterday was #askascientist day @queensmuseum at the #unisphere with special guest artists, scientists and #sustainability writer, educator and designer @ecooptimism along with curator and artist @catherinegrau and @jam_lands#climatechangeisreal
07.10.2018 14:43:03
#askascientist day #climatesignalsnyc @climatemuseum - we were outside @queensmu
#askascientist day #climatesignalsnyc@climatemuseum - we were outside @queensmuseum in front of #unisphere yesterday, to talk about #climatechange with passers by - good conversations with folks who care about our planet #nyc#climatechangeisreal@ecooptimism
07.10.2018 14:32:23
A group of us set up  @queensmuseum at the #unisphere yesterday to discuss the #
A group of us set up @queensmuseum at the #unisphere yesterday to discuss the #nyc citywide #artinstallation by @justinbriceguariglia#climatesignalsnyc@climatemuseum - with #sustainability writer, architect and educator @ecooptimism along with guest artists and scientists for #askascientist day. #climatechange
07.10.2018 14:27:13
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