Category Archives: Nerd Awesome

Google is still better than most of Corporate America

Google STILL Rocks

This is one of the reasons that Google is STILL way better than LOADS of other companies.

Google is continuing one of the coolest ideas I have ever heard of!  Last year Google launched:

the first ever global online science competition for 13-18 year old students with the Google Science Fair. Over 10,000 students from 91 countries submitted amazing science experiments. With project topics ranging from “Can I program a robot in English?” to “Can I make a sailboat even faster with a winged keel,” to “How does marinade affect carcinogen levels in grilled chicken?”…

Not only that, they seem to be doing a damn good job of including one the smartest demographics our species has to offer, THE LADIES!

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SciPlore: Mind-mapping for academic writing

As a Ph.D. student, I am constantly trying to improve my ability to communicate the findings of our lab and my work to others.  A central part of this effort in any academic setting is the composition and publishing of scholarly articles and presentations.  One of the keys to a great paper or presentation (other than actually having something interesting to talk about) is organization and flow.  If the end product is a paper, you will also need to maintain and easily refer to dozens and sometimes hundreds of citations to past papers that relate to your work.

An international group of scientists and software engineers have adapted the existing mind mapping software called FreeMind to make it a bit more targeted to planning and writing academic communications.  Probably the biggest improvement they have made to FreeMind with a mind to academics is the ability to effortlessly integrate your entire library of PDFs and references into SciPlore.

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A biologist’s Mother’s Day musical tribute

So I do know that its a bit late for Mother’s Day but I just ran across the most adorable musical tribute to moms and had to post it.  As PZ warns (which is where I found it), this is MASSIVELY chock full of nerd power.  So try not to be too embarrassed when you realize that you really wish you had come up with it.