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Delaying Death February 8, 2009

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Diseases, Human Body, Science and Politics, Think About It.
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Cartoon credit: Nick Kim.

We all want to live a long, healthy life. But, this cartoon left me wondering if perhaps, we sometimes go too far in our quest to preserve life. Are there situations where a person’s life is simply so poor in quality due to their health condition – that keeping them alive represents an unfair fight with death?

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A Battle Between Scientists March 6, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Psychology and Behavior, Science and Politics, Science in the Media.
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Peer Review Cartoon
Credit: Nick Kim.

Scientists can spend years performing research and the grand finale often occurs when their work is nicely written up and reviewed for publication in a prestigious journal. As you can see in this brilliant cartoon from my favorite science cartoonist – Nick Kim – the pathway to publication isn’t exactly one that’s painless!

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Effortless Thinking February 27, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Easy As Pie, Psychology and Behavior, Science and Politics, Science in the Media.
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Sometimes I wonder if people are becoming too lazy to think. We’re a society that likes to buy virtually everything. Will thoughts be for sale too? I think this cartoon by New Zealand cartoonist Nick Kim sums it up perfectly.

Easy Think Cartoon

Credit: Nick Kim.

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Science With A Beat January 22, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Easy As Pie, Evolution, Science and Politics.
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My regular readers know that every once in a while, I like to show focused cartoons because they are a fun medium for sharing science. There are many other mediums as well that blur the boundaries between art and science. Some might even suggest that no boundaries exist at all and that art is simply an underused medium in the science field. Either way, I appreciate the different approaches to communicating science and controversy.

Scott Shewchuk, a friend of mine, enjoys writing lyrics. It’s a way for him to express his passion about some of the issues going on in the world. We recently had a banter about how lyrics – with or without song – are a creative, poetic way to share science and opinion. I asked him if he would write something for the weird science blog. Ten minutes later, he sent me the lyrics below.

Classroom and Cross

Does the debate end when it comes to Darwin and creationism/

Is it God and wisdom or are these scientists fake with fiction/

It’s a contradiction to have a belief system not based on facts/

Evolution ended with the Scopes trial the textbooks want it back/

Can’t have our youth educated these days with only the Bible in mind/

The book of Genesis made way for a movement of intelligent design/

Children it’s perfectly acceptable to read about natural selection/

It’s either fable or truth and that’s based on your perception/

But can you believe God opened up the heavens and Adam appeared/

The knowledge we need is being suppressed I’ve had it up to here/

Don’t think one side should prevail but at least lend each an ear/

And have both parties listen and have a voice to speak it clear/

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The Journal Debate January 17, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Psychology and Behavior, Science and Politics.
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Cartoon

Credit: Pete Jeffs for the Public Library of Science.

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