Author Archives: Josh Witten

Science for the People: Come as You Are

sftpThis Science for the People is looking at the intersection of human sexuality, research and education. We’re joined by sexuality educator and blogger Emily Nagoski, to talk about her book Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life. We’ll also speak to medical humanities and bioethics professor Alice Dreger, about her experience live-tweeting her son’s abstinence-focused sex-ed class.

*Josh provides research & social media help to Science for the People and is, therefore, completely biased.

Science for the People: Secure Communications

sftp-square-fistonly-whitebgThis week, Science for the People is looking at technology for keeping secrets safe from prying eyes and ears. We’re joined by Dan Younger, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Waterloo, to discuss the remarkable work of his colleague Bill Tutte, who broke the German Lorenz Code during World War II. We’ll also discuss the cutting edge of quantum security with Physics and Computer Science Professor Shohini Ghose.

*Josh provides research & social media help to Science for the People and is, therefore, completely biased.

The Missing, Female History of STEM

Chief Technology Officer of the United States Megan Smith discusses the problems of erasing women from the history of science and technology with Charlie Rose. It is not that the historical role models for young women don’t exist. It is that we actively expunge them from our narratives.
As Rose suggests with a question, it is hard to imagine how this practice actually benefits anyone – other than an intellectually lazy adherence to our standard, male-centric narrative.

HT: Caroline Siede at BoingBoing.

Science Caturday: Still Watching Birdies

If there was ever a day to repeat the same thing you did last year, it would be World Migratory Bird Day. Plus, Michele is very busy working on a “very special thing” that you will be hearing more about soon; and I do not have her way with cats.

Today is World Migratory Bird Day!  Kittehs love to watch the birdies. For science, of course!

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As for the related subject of bird-assisted coconut migration, it’s a simple question of weight ratios:

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lol via Cheezburger.com, graphic via head-fi.org

Science for the People: Sports Science

sftpThis week we’re exploring the ways that science and technology are changing sports, on and off the playing field. We’ll speak to journalist Mark McClusky about his book Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes – and What We Can Learn from Them. We’ll also get the scientific perspective on sports supplements with Dr. Bryan Chung, founder of Evidence Based Fitness.

*Josh provides research & social media help to Science for the People and is, therefore, completely biased.