UK Resource Centre for Women in SET recently posted a study that found that only 12% of female late stage PhD students intend to pursue a career in academia. The Guardian does an excellent job summarizing the findings, as well as explaining why this is a terrible thing.
Over at Wired, this article does an excellent job summarizing why you should be concerned with Ebola in Africa, and maybe not worry about it as much in the US.
Especially worth reading this quote here:
“Ebola isn’t anywhere near as contagious as the flu, for example. Or measles, which is much more of a threat in the United States now that people are no longer routinely vaccinating their children. Scientists estimate that one person infected with measles can transmit the disease to as many as 18 others; for Ebola, that number is around two.”
It also does an excellent job of highlighting the concerns with the virus, and why you should and shouldn’t be worried.
This month is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and while this is the most common chromosomal abnormality, there is still a lack of social understanding.
So this week’s link(s) are all going to be about the efforts to raise awareness of Down Syndrome.
As NiB has talked about raising money for scientific research (watch Jeremy get soaked with water) I’d like to encourage you to call your congress person and lobby for increased funding for scientific research.
Or make a donation to Down Syndrome research here
Or please read this article about a parent trying to raise awareness.
Or read about and/or sign up for one of the Down Syndrome Buddy walks here.
Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews posted a photo of his favorite Falcons fan, his sister Gwen, who has down syndrome.
Or read about other ways to become an advocate at the National Down Syndrome Society.
Or just enjoy these photos of my adorable friend Charlotte, who is growing up beautifully.
The english countryside is know for gardens filled with magnificent roses and elegant floral arrangements.
But when the Duchess of Northumberland moved into her husbands family castle she decided to do something a little different with her garden… she made it deadly.
Read all about it over at Smithsonian!
If there is one internet meme that I’d like to see last forever it’s grumpy cat.
And, as WTF Evolution has noted, if we dream it up, evolution can provide.
I give you: grumpy frog. Not only are these guys adorably grumpy (new meme anyone?) but they are also have a really interesting physiological traits!
Read all about it here.
This is the coolest thing on Twitter. By. Far.
Check it out, or follow them on twitter for more awesome photos.
Keeping up my posting of interesting organisms, this little guy has been getting a ton of press lately.
Adorable, looks like a tribble, and makes you want to cuddle them.
But these little guys might be the most venomous insect in the US. So don’t pet the fuzzy caterpillar.