Hello from my home to your home! I can safely say that now that most of us are spending most hours of the day at home. As someone who normally works from home, not much has changed for me. I just have some more food in my kitchen and more anxiety in my brain. I've been obsessed with the news and graphs for a few weeks in the middle of this month (which feels like three years ago) but now that we're all settled in our weird new routines, I wanted to bring you a more lighthearted newsletter.
An article I've been working on for months finally came out today and it's all about science and fashion, so if you're up for a distracting non-disease read, I've got just the thing.
PNAS - Researchers embrace fashion to show off science concepts
At Vancouver Kids Fashion Week, retailers and designers come to get inspired by the latest in kids' fashion. But last fall, visitors saw something else: a booth of scientists, and an entire collection steeped in genetic research. This collaboration between a lab and a fashion school wasn't the first time scientists and fashion designers have come together. In this feature article for PNAS's Science and Culture section I spoke with fashion designers and scientists who joined forces to get the most out of each other's disciplines.
Forbes.com - Tracking Fish Art Prints To Monitor Biodiversity
Gyotaku is the Japanese art of creating prints using fish. Fishers have been making these prints since the 19th century to document a special catch, but this fish stamp art might also hold important information for researchers studying biodiversity and fish conservation.
Gradblogger podcast interview with me
I'm on two episodes of the Gradblogger podcast this month! The first episode (click the picture above) is about building a career in science communication. The second episode (click the "read more" button below) is about training researchers to be better science communicators.
The Story of More
Only Hope Jahren can turn a comprehensive and scientific overview of humanity's excessive overconsumption into a poetic page turner. Everything is connected and it all leads up to climate change -- and this great book!
Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device. Literally everything about this story is fantastic, including this tweet from Professor Anna Watts.
Imagine being born during the Spanish Flu epidemic and then surviving coronavirus a century later. It happened to two 101-year-olds, who both recovered from coronavirus -- one in Italy and one in The Netherlands.
One man remembers a song from the 90's that everyone else forgot. He's sure he didn't make it up. The Reply-All podcast sets out to solve the mystery in the most epic 50 minutes of audio reporting. If you liked Searching For Sugarman you will also love this.
Finally, for those of you who aren't signed up to the Share Your Sci newsletter, I thought I should mention that I'm hosting an online coworking session for science communicators on April 20. Usually I do these in person in London, but, you know...