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Joanne Manaster
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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I am a faculty lecturer at the University of Illinois, teaching cutting edge biology: genomics, evolution and medicine and emerging infectious diseases.
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    I taught cell biology and histology labs and now teach advanced science courses online and do much science outreach!, 1991 - present
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    Freelance, 2011 - 2014
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in the Air Force - most interestingly, Guam - Tokyo - New York - among others
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Expert science video host and speaker

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University biology lecturer

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Former international model


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I'm listed on Mashable as having one of 25 twitter accounts that will make you smarter. I've dissected a (dead) human being (legally). Unrelated to the first statement, I've modeled a bikini in an ice plant and ski wear at Yokohoma Port in 95 F heat and so much more in the name of fashion. Professional modeling is pretty much as ridiculous as you see on Next Top Model :) If you want proof that the world isn't totally backward, I'm more well known now for science outreach than I ever was for modeling, although modeling is more lucrative (oh wait, we're backward again, aren't we?).
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I've been doing eating all wrong!

"Asked to explain the high-sugar, high-salt diet that has somehow enabled him to remain seemingly healthy, Buffett replies: “I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old.” The octogenarian adds, “It’s the safest course I can take.”

Though in this vein, he should probably spend several hours a day playing gameboy or other fun things that 6 year olds do! 
The world's most successful investor stays youthful by drinking at least five Cokes a day. Turns out, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO's bizarre diet is highly strategic.
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Wait, how is this not from The Onion. Is Fortune getting in the satire journalism segment as well?
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Currently listening to the frightening, informative, and satisfying book, Future Crimes, on audio, by Marc Goodman. Highly recommend!
Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It. Cyber crime expert Marc Goodman's tips on how to protect ...
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Sounds VERY Interesting. Thanks.
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This is all I will comment on this. Read this and also see what +Greg Gbur has to say on it.

From Greg:

"A few things about the dress mystery:

1.  People using their computer to find the "real" color of the dress are missing the point.  the mystery is why people would have such wild interpretations.

2.  I suspect the explanation lies partly in the "illusion" category -- we interpret the colors based on how we interpret the lighting -- and the "physiology" category -- people with different cone sensitivity see differently.

3.  I saw it as blue and black(ish) at first, but when I consciously think of it as an over/underexposed dress, I can really make myself see it as white and gold.  The problem seems to be that it is a very ambiguous lighting situation, so your brain makes a choice."
Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media…
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Someone I know is trying to citizen-science the genotype of viewers. https://www.biostars.org/p/132803/
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Tomorrow, two books come out that might just make you want to ignore the other books stacked up around your house!

p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code by Sue Armstrong
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Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman
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My new fave DNA jewelry from +Cindy Holsclaw 
The necklace is DNA with a replication fork. She also has some awesome molecule designs.   http://beadorigami.blogspot.com/2013/01/beaded-dna-replication-fork-necklace.html
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That's gorgeous. Science jewelry isn't always beautiful in addition to being clever, but this is.
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To kick off National Engineers Week, the National Academy of Engineering today launched a worldwide crowdsourcing competition seeking ideas for a television series with a female engineer lead.
Hollywood is reaching out for your help to create the next “MacGyver” (or, for the younger future engineers, the next “CSI”).
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While I agree, more shows with actors playing STEM people, I'm actually more interested with shows with STEM consultants.  I remember cringing watching The Lone Gunmen.  Hopefully the lesson has been learned from The Big Bang Theory.  STEM characters and consultants.
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In the "nifty" files:  New Way of Untangling DNA Discovered 
The DNA is a highly tangled string that even seasoned fishermen would be impressed by. Conventional DNA sequencing breaks up the molecule into tiny pieces
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Our Read Science! hangout with +Corey Powell featured Corey alluding to Bill Nye's opportunity to speak with Monsanto scientists about #GMOs. Here, Bill speaks of it himself! 
 
Well, that's a change of tune. I first heard this from +Joanne Manaster, but it's also great to hear it from the source himself-- Bill Nye. He's talked to some scientists and is eager to tell people what he has learned about genetically modified food.

The video won't let me link to a specific spot, strangely. The #GMO part is at ~3:37 in case that borks in the link.
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+Carl Swaygan Da fuq is natural news? You clowns are not even amusing. Go eat your GMO potatoes and corn and i'll eat the good stuff. Go get yourself a real telescope and some cooler clothes you fukn dork.
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If you have a science story to tell, +Kiki Sanford's new production company can help!
 
Story-telling for Science and Broader Impacts

This month, I launched a video production company called Broader Impacts Productions.

My goal is to help organizations, institutions, and scientists tell their unique stories, get the stories to a wide audience, and then provide metrics to quantitatively assess how the stories are received. 

My full-service approach covers all aspects of the content creation and management cycle leaving you free to do what you do best... the science.
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New technology generates photo illustration from a person’s DNA 
by +Melody Schreiber 
A Reston company provided police with a computer-made image of a suspect in a stalled murder case.
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Thanks - hope you liked it! 
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What 23andMe's FDA Approval Means For The Future Of Genomics 
Last night, the Food and Drug Administration approved a test made by 23andMe, the Mountain View, Calif.-based personal genetics company, for a gene that can cause a rare disorder called Bloom Syndrome, which causes short stature and a heightened risk of cancer. The test is most relevant for people who are expecting [...]
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+Asi Vidal best dj!
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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Completes First Deep Dip Campaign

NASA’S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) space probe completed the first of five planned deep-dip maneuvers into the lower end of the Martian upper atmosphere about 125 km (78 miles) above the surface.

Full story here: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-s-maven-spacecraft-completes-first-deep-dip-campaign/index.html

MAVEN launched Nov. 18, 2013 and entered Mars’ orbit on Sept. 21, 2014. More on MAVEN:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/maven/main/#.VOZr5PnF_h4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAVEN

Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center http://1.usa.gov/19F68XI

#science   #maven   #mars   #nasa   #space  
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