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There’s a T. Rex-Shaped Bike for Sale on Portland’s Craigslist

“Presenting your chance to be the proud owner of the only dinosaur skeleton that has been reanimated through the mysteries of science and technology,”writes the seller, who’s based in Eugene. “She is a beautiful fosillized juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex who now consents for me to harness and ride her in parades and other special events.”

The self-described engineer and bike fabricator says he spent months fabricating the 12-foot-long, 90-pound recumbent tricycle, which is named “Sue.” But he has come to the conclusion he’s not the “right rider for this beautiful creature.” Are you?

technically, it’s in Eugene:  http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/bik/5072609529.html

the-alpaca-hammock asked:

15, 18, and 19?

15. Your guilty writing pleasure?

I have a few. Some don’t always make it in, and some make it in a lot. One for example that I find really irresistible: character crying from sensory overload during sex. Lol. Thankfully a few other people don’t really mind that one either. Another is actually writing out aftercare each and every time, or not really fading to black on sex scenes (though I don’t really feel guilty about either of these). Hmmm…I’d have to say one I don’t actually feel like I indulge enough for myself is how much I like hurt/comfort after captivity/torture/long-term abuse scenarios. And another I don’t write too often - woobification of a character. For example: people criticise ‘woobified Loki’ a lot and it’s actually one of my favourite things to read (and write). Like, I like ‘realistic Loki goes through trauma’ too, but sometimes I just really want to go to other places with what I’m reading/writing. I do sometimes write things like this, but I tend to actually keep them off the internet.

18. How old were you when you started writing?

I don’t remember. I know it was primary school. I’d won some kind of state competition for poetry when I was maybe 8 or 9, so I know I’d shown some kind of interest around then. I think I concertedly started writing prose at around the age of 11/12. And I had produced about 120 pages of a dystopian science fiction novel before my first year in highschool. That’s gone now, because I printed it out and saved it all on a floppy disc, and all of it - including the ancient computer - was thrown away when we moved house. It was probably one of my first most devastating creative losses (it wasn’t something I had any control over), but it did teach me something - I loved writing.

19. Why did you start writing?

I couldn’t find what I wanted to read. *rueful smile* I was a heavy reader, but I often felt like I wasn’t quite finding what I needed to read. Not always, anyway. And I think I needed a way to express some of the things that I felt were difficult about my past. Because it’s one thing to read it and feel resonance, but it was quite empowering for me to write it and live that resonance.

Hi there, I’m Grace and I’m a 22-year-old pre-med student from Australia. I am looking to write snail mail letters to people who love snail mail as much as me - I don’t mind which country, just 18+ please.

I really love reading! I’ll read anything and everything, but my favourite genres are fantasy/dystopian/YA. I am obsessed with Harry Potter (what bookworm isn’t?) and also love The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices (to name a few). I am also part of an awesome online bookclub!

I also adore sewing/crafts, The Avengers, Batman, tea, biological sciences, cats, music, writing fanfic and dancing. It’s so hard to write these introductions, but anyway…

If you’re interested, send me an ask at: ididntsayanything.tumblr.com

:)

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Dark Sky Island

The gorgeous Isle of Sark, the smallest self-governing island in Europe, is located in the English channel 130 miles off the southern English coast. In January 2011 it became the world’s first “Dark Sky island” by controlling light pollution. The island’s single electricity source is an oil-fired power station, and there are no cars, streetlights or even paved roads: you can only get around by bike, horse, carriage or tractor-drawn bus. Due to the lack of light pollution, the Milky Way stretches gloriously overhead—from horizon to horizon across the pristine black sky.

Science Writing Prize 2014
– How to write a news story from a scientific paper
27 March 2014, by Wellcome Trust 

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 launches today and to help inspire your entries we’re publishing a series of “How to” blogs here on the Wellcome Trust blog. Over the next few weeks we’ll be covering a range of topics, including how to conduct an interview, how to write a feature, and how to pitch to editors.

The prize is run in association with The Guardian and The Observer and so start us off, and to help you in your search for the perfect story for your entry, The Guardian’s Science Correspondent Ian Sample shares his tips on how to write a news story from a research paper.

Continue reading …

Find out more about the Science Writing Prize and how to enter by visiting the prize pages on the Wellcome Trust website. The competition is open from today and you’ve got until 11th May 2014 to submit your entry for the prize. The Wellcome Trust is committed to supporting the next generation of science journalists.

The Best Science Writing Online 2012 is Out Today!

That’s right, the annual anthology of the best science writing online is out today in pretty much every form a book can exist in, from Kindle to dead-tree. The best part? I am in it (just check out p. 139)! And so are dozens of other writers, most of whom are far better wordsmiths than myself. There’s greats like Carl Zimmer, Maggie Koerth-Baker, Ed Yong, Maryn McKenna and David Dobbs and lots of up-and-comers.

There’s science storytelling, humor, hard-hitting journalism and detailed and entertaining explainers of everything from Fukushima to facial hair.

I am a firm believer that the best science writing happening today is on the internet, hands down. This is the sixth year this collection has been published, and it may be the best yet. Of course, I can’t view that objectively since this is the first one I’ve been in. It’s writing like that in this collection that first made me want to be a science teacher to the world, that first made me sit down and start this whole bloggy business … I hope that it can do the same for someone else.

Order yours today.

*Please include a return shipping label if you’d like me to sign yours.

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The Mathematics of Beauty

The Fibonacci Sequence is a sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two—i.e., 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…and so on to infinity. The ratio of one number to the next is approximately 1.61803, which is called “phi”, or the Golden Ratio. It’s not a magical mathematical equation of the universe, but it definitely reflects natural, aesthetically beautiful patterns. The ratio been used as the ideal proportion standard by artists and architects throughout history, and it’s also found in nature because it’s one of the most efficient way to pack things together. The human body can mostly be divided up in terms of the golden ratio, with one nose, two eyes, three segments to each limb, five fingers on each hand, and our measurements and proportions also reflect the ratio, especially the proportions of the human face—the width of the nose, position of the eyes, length of the chin. Our attraction to another person increases if their body and features are symmetrical and proportional, since we perceive them to be healthier, and so the Golden Ratio appears to be connected with humans ideals of beauty. It’s worth noting, however, that although the ratio can create a beautiful face, it can’t create a beautiful mind.

SciNote Staff Application 2015 Now Open

Dear Readers,

Now is your opportunity to join our mission of promoting, expanding, advancing, and revolutionizing science education around the world! SciNote has just opened its 2015 General Staff applications, and we are accepting applications to join our staff from today, June 16th, to June 30th at midnight EST. If you’re passionate about science or interested in science communication, please consider applying and becoming not only a member, but a leader, of our international community of scientists.

As of now, all of our Staff positions (Discoverers, Experts, Editors, Writers, etc.) are currently open, so if you like any sort of article at SciNote and would like to contribute to SciNote’s publication, please take the opportunity to fill out the application here at http://www.scinote.org/staff-application.html before June 30th.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, so please expect to hear from us within 3 days of submitting your application.

Please reblog to let your friends and followers know about this opportunity!

Thank you!

TU is looking for writers! 

We are looking to expand our current team of volunteers who share our passion for space, social media outreach, and quality science writing. If you want to share your space geekery with a wide audience, submit an article here for consideration. 

We are FB-based, so you must have an active Facebook to write for us. 

Looking through our articles will give you some idea of the template. Please make sure the post is in your own words and not copied from any other source. Also please make sure you cite the sources you used and provide an image that corresponds with the post.

From our admins we ask for a minimum of three posts a week. Your posts can be on just about anything - a nebula, some new discovery, an old picture from the Hubble Telescope. Pretty much whatever you like as long as it’s related to space, astronomy or physics. These are a minimum of a hundred words or so, but the posts can be as long as you want. We look forward to reading your submission.

sciencefriday.com
The Best Science Books of 2014

Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.

sciencefriday has a great piece about the awesome science writing of 2014.  Have you folks read any of the ones they mention?  Have some to add to the list?  I think I could be into The Coming Swarm, the book them mention about social media and revolution. 

This is absurd. And it needs to stop.

Readers are jaded and don’t trust journalists. And frankly, I understand why.

SOURCES:
1: http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-extraterrestrial-super-civilizations-wise-galaxies-02698.html
2:  http://tinyurl.com/50galaxies
3: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3042085/Could-50-galaxies-hiding-advanced-alien-life-Infrared-emissions-suggest-beings-using-stars-energy-study-claims.html

*note: author’s don’t always control their headlines, so I’m not trying to call out any writers mentioned here.

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Bioluminescent bacteria

Taking cues from the firefly, a Dutch electronics company has created a product called “Bio-light”—an eco-friendly lighting system that uses glowing, bioluminescent bacteria. They’re not powered by electricity or sunlight, but by methane generated by the company’s Microbial Home bio-digester that processes anything from vegetable scraps to human waste. The living bacteria are fed through silicon tubes, and as long as they’re nutritionally-fulfilled, they can indefinitely generate a soft, heat-free green glow using the enzyme luciferase and its substrate, luciferin. They’re kept in hand-blown glass bulbs clustered together into lamps, but you can’t light up your house with them yet—the glow isn’t nearly bright enough to replace conventional artificial lights. They do, however, get people to think about untapped household energy sources and how to make use of them. The company, Phillips, also envisions the use of these Bio-lights outside the home—for nighttime road markings, signs in theatres and clubs, and even biosensors for monitoring diabetes.

iflscience.com
Paid Internship Opportunity at IFLScience | I Fucking Love Science

Compensation: 2,000 USD per month for the duration of the internship. Internship duration: 3 months. Possibility of permanent position for the right candidate. Desirable skills: Strong interest in science, social media and writing. Excellent writing skills and basic image manipulation/editing skills a bonus. Qualifications and experience: Degree required, ideally in science or writing. Professional experience not necessary but any experience in writing, blogging or social media would be beneficial.

Can’t remember if I posted this already!