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Menstruation and menopause are two fundamental biological processes in every woman's lifetime. However, both these subjects are shrouded with secrecy, and it's often difficult to have open conversations about them because of cultural taboos. But what are the consequences of silence? What are the economic impacts, the social injustices, and the health risks? Why is it so difficult to find consensus on what menopause is, and what its purpose is? 

Join us for a +Mosaic  and +Science on Google+  Hangout on air as we speak to author Rose George about these under-reported topics. Rose wrote two fascinating articles for Mosaic about menstruation and menopause, and we will be exploring these subjects in-depth. 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Saturday 23rd January at 3 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel ( after the event.

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College textbook prices are out of control, so I am considering adopting a free, open-source Introduction to Psychology textbook from +OpenStax College.  Does anyone have any experience using Openstax, either from a student's or teacher's perspective? Do you know of any other free but good textbooks that you could recommend? Thanks in advance!
Free, open-source, high-quality textbooks for your college course.
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I took a course on development from Childhood to Adolescent last year and didn't like the book at all, forgot what I paid for it. Published in 2012 and didn't mention anything about transgender in the chapter on gender development.
 There were other problems with it as well.
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What is p53 and why is it described as the 'guardian of the genome'? How is p53 linked to cancer? Join us for a +Mosaic and +Science on Google+ Hangout on air as we speak to +Sue Armstrong about all things p53!

Sue is the author of the popular science book "P53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code" and she recently authored a fascinating article on Mosaic Science about "Brazil's Cancer Curse" (read more at
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Sunday October 18th at 6 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel ( after the event.

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National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio
The National Air Force Museum is really cool (and free)! You should definitely check it out if you are in the Dayton area. The lighting was really tricky inside the museum so some of the pictures are noisy/blurry. I am sharing many of these pics because the planes are really cool, not because I am proud of the picture quality.
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Great collaborative effort with my spider buddies, George Uetz & Dave Clark!
When it comes to courting, one common spider species is quick to learn, and that learning process involves eavesdropping on the visual cues of rivals to win their mate. Scientists report that when wolf spiders were shown videos of other leg-tapping, courting males paired with silk cues from females, they quickly learned to recognize the behavior as part of the courtship process -- in as little as four days.
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Great list of Science HOAs. Thanks, +Johnathan Chung
A Sample of Science Hangouts in January 2016

Some recent and upcoming science-related Google+ Hangouts On Air (recorded and live video broadcasts):

• January 7, 2016 - Sigma Xi scientific research society and winners of the 2015 Student Research Showcase ( discussed some online presentation tips for students entering this year's virtual research presentation competition:

• January 11, 2016 - American Scientist talked about their latest cover feature  ( with scientists from academia and NASA about the characteristics and behavior of fire in a microgravity environment:

• January 14, 2016 - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will talk about the ultra-precise Deep Space Atomic Clock launching later this year to boost future deep space communications:

• January 19, 2016 - The Kavli Foundation will discuss the Unified Microbiome Initiative, a proposed national effort to map the human microbiome:

• January 22, 2016 - OpenWorm Journal Club will talk about some progress in understanding how the brain activity of the C. elegans worm controls its body and how motor commands and actions are assembled and organized into more complex behavior:

(PDF of the recent study published in the journal Cell:

January 26, 2016 - The U.S. NIH National Cancer Institute will discuss how cancer prevention researchers are embracing the principles of precision medicine and exploring novel ways to prevent and detect cancer early in high-risk populations:

Feel free to share links to other upcoming Hangouts On Air in January hosted by scientific societies, organizations, institutes, media, classrooms, or outreach programs in the comments below.
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Processed meat and Cancer: What is the Risk?

Yesterday I hosted a Hangout with two scientists to talk about the links between diet and cancer, on the back of the "omg bacon gives you cancer" stories that broke out a few weeks ago. As part of my job as a science communicator at CRUK, I get access to researchers who study this, so I was very pleased to chat with Dr Kathryn Bradbury, a nutritional epidemiologist, and Professor Owen Sansom, a molecular biologist. It was a good mix of research interests because we were able to approach this question from a population/clinical angle, but then also dive into the mechanism behind what we see, i.e. how exactly does red and processed meat increase cancer risk. You can watch the full video at Joining me was my colleague Dr Kat Arney, who co-hosts these cancer Hangouts with me. 

First we discussed how we find out what things in the diet are linked to cancer - Kathryn explained how we design studies looking at hundreds of thousands of people from the general population. We ask them questions about their diet and lifestyle, and then we follow them up over many years to see who develops cancer. Then we look back and see what effect their diets had on their cancer development, for example did vegetarians get less cancer than those who ate lots of red and processed meat. Having large-scale population based studies like this is the only way we can gather evidence for the risk factors for cancer; lots of people mean better statistical analyses, which means the data is more rigorous, rather than the anecdotal "oh my neighbour drank a miracle kale juice cleanser every day and he never got cancer" theories. 

Owen talked about the mechanisms for cancer development, particularly bowel cancer, and how it is linked to the molecules found in red and processed meat. The cells lining our gut get completely replaced every 3-4 days, so they are cells with a high rate of cell division. These cells are also exposed to cancer-causing chemicals (i.e. carcinogens) from the food we eat, depending on our diet. With red and processed meat, eating a lot of it means that the gut cells are also exposed to a lot of the carcinogens found in them. For example red and processed meats have a lot of nitroso products, and these can be carcinogenic. How exactly does that work? These chemicals cause mutations to the DNA in the cells lining the gut. Owen also talked about how it can cause more mutations in key tumour-suppressor genes (i.e. genes that normally suppress cancer, but when these genes are mutated it leads to cancer - I discussed one such pathway here Haem iron from red meat is also a culprit because it has shown to cause DNA damage. Intriguingly, Owen also brought up how the bacterial population in our gut (i.e. our microbiome) can change depending on what we eat, which in turn can have an impact on whether the cells lining our gut can end up with mutations that can lead to cancer. 

Finally we finished up by talking about cancer prevention. We know that 4 in 9 cancers are linked to preventable causes, so what are the things we can do to lower our cancer risk? The answers were unsurprising; give up smoking (if you smoke), reduce instances of sun-burn, eat a well-balanced diet with moderate amounts of red and processed meat (i.e. bacon with every meal every day is probably a bad idea), along with physical activity. 

Of course this is much easier said than done, because people often want quick-fix miracle cures/pills/whatever that lets them keep living unhealthy lives without feeling bad for it. Unfortunately there are no such shortcuts that are scientifically valid. Listening to Kathryn and Owen discuss the cancer risk from red and processed meat, along with the mechanistic explanation of 'how' was incredibly useful, and I hope you enjoy watching this Hangout :)
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Ostracod Fireworks

When an ostracod is swallowed, it emits a burst of light, making the cardinal fish spit it out.

"They've been called fish fireworks, and their glowing displays are like nighttime light shows on the water. Ostracods are a very old species of crustacean with a trait called bioluminescence. That's a fancy way of saying they light up, like fireflies. But unlike fireflies, ostracods have extracellular bioluminescence. They shoot light out of their bodies and into the water. The behavior is part mating ritual, part defense mechanism.

There are ostracods in every world ocean that are luminescent, but only in the Carribbean do you find these ones that have these complex patterns, and it's probably related to the closing of the Panama Isthmus about 3 million years ago. It could startle their predators visually, or it could actually bring in the predator of their attacker, which is called the burglar alarm effect.

In this gif the tiny ostracod is almost eaten by the much larger fish, but the cardinal fish spits the ostracod out once the ostracod begins to emit light. Exactly why this causes the cardinal fish to spit the ostracods isn't known, but there are theories."

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✪ Watch the BBC short clip here:

✪ And some info about Crustaceans:

✪✪✪ HT: +Magnus Fahlén  Thanks! ✪✪✪
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How do we tackle cancer in kids and teens? What are the differences between children’s cancers and adult’s cancers? What are the big research challenges we face at the moment? Join us for a +Cancer Research UK and +Science on Google+ Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Pamela Kearns and Professor +Richard Gilbertson about childhood cancers.

Pam is a Professor of Clinical Paediatric Oncology at the University of Birmingham. She is also the Director of the Cancer research UK Clinical Trials Unit, which is one of the largest cancer trials units in the UK. Her research focuses on the development of new therapies for childhood leukaemias. Richard is a world renowned expert in childhood brain tumours, and is the new director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. He has led international efforts that have dramatically advanced our understanding of the biology of several common childhood brain tumours.
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Kat Arney  You can tune in on Wednesday September 23rd at 4 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel ( after the event.
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Barbara McClintock on $10

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Scientists rarely seek fame. Barbara McClintock was no exception. After a life time of following her passion in a male-dominated environment, she finally began to receive the recognition that she deserved, wanted or not. Since the late 1960s, with the discovery of jumping genes in other organisms, scientists realized that jumping genes were in nearly every organism and began giving McClintock public credit for her first publications. The full recognition came when McClintock was 80 years old. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the only woman to win that award unshared, and only person to win the award for studying higher order plants.

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Here are a few pics of the #bluemoon, as seen in central Ohio. Pictures were taken with a handheld Panasonic FZ35.
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