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Which Designs Should We Take to the Maker Faire?

Wed, 06 May 2009 14:43:36 -0800

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Help us decide which of these designs to print as temporary tattoos. We'll be taking the top designs to the Maker Faire.

Which is your favorite? Which are your kids favorites? Help us decide.

Tell us what you think on our facebook page




GalaxyGoo on Facebook!

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 13:14:58 -0800

Are you on Facebook? So is GalaxyGoo.

Now you can join your fellow GalaxyGoo fans on Facebook!!

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GalaxyGoo Needs a New Web Host

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:56:17 -0800

GalaxyGoo needs a new web host, and we'd appreciate recommendations.

Our basic requirements:

  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • Perl
  • ColdFusion
  • dedicated or virtual dedicated box
  • separate mail server, or ability to keep up with both CF and mail server at same time
  • full support and proactive server maintenance -- when things fail, help getting them up and running again



Gearing Up For The Maker Faire 2009!

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:40:36 -0800

It's official! GalaxyGoo is taking The Cell Project to the Maker Faire again! We got our acceptance notice today.

So, now the planning and preparations begin! We had so much fun last year!

Would like to get involved? If so, please contact me at galaxygoo -at- gmail -dot- com, with "GalaxyGoo Cell Project" in the subject line. We're getting ready to move to a new web hosting company, so please use our gmail account until we're all settled into the new server.

Some of the things we need help with:

  • Volunteers to help set up and take down the booth
  • Volunteers to help staff the booth and help with the activity. We were very busy last year, and had a hard time keeping up with all the visitors to our booth.
  • photography during the event
  • Have you done the activity yourself? Take pictures of your cells and share your photos with us on flickr.
  • Donations are always welcome
  • Give the Cell Project to a teacher or a whole classroom!
  • Got an idea? Tell us about it!





Happy Birthday Darwin!

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:59:19 -0800

Tomorrow, February 12th, is Darwin's Birthday! In fact, it's the 200th anniversary of his birth.

My husband and I are going to our daughter's class to talk about Darwin and evolution. What are you doing to celebrate?




Does the research funding process stifle scientific developments?

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 12:55:41 -0800

A great editorial in theNew York Times asks this very question. I'd have to agree with the author, on many points, but especially that research scientists should be able to count on at least a base level of funding that they can count on and not be restricted to investigating only the questions that current funding sources are interested in. It's in the interest of all to keep basic science research alive and lively.




A Giant Virus On Fringe?!

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:58:56 -0800

OK, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. I read it, I watch it, sometimes I dream it. But, please! Do they have anyone who got through high school Biology on staff at Fringe?!

So, tonight's episode of Fringe centered around these giant-spiny-slug things that crawl out of their victim's mouth after killing them from the inside (apparently). Then, the resident mad scientist declares that it's a giant virus. Giant protozoa, I could possibly accept. But giant virus that looks like a beige sea cucumber? Not a chance!

Surely there's plenty of science literate talent out there available to consult. So, why didn't anyone at Fringe call them?




Science Is Back!

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 16:11:27 -0800

Reading this story in the Chronicle today, put me in a good mood: Obama Science picks said to herald policy shift. It looks like scientists will have more of a voice in public policy than they have in recent years. In terms of global warming, energy, and environmental issues alone this is a big step. In my personal opinion, it's a big step in the right direction!

Here's what theAAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) has to say: Holdren Reported as Obama Science Advisor.




Camera Ornaments

Sat, 06 Dec 2008 12:22:56 -0800

I found them! Glass Camera Ornaments!

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We used to have a link to these in our Museum Shop, but the company who had them stopped carrying them and then closed down their affiliate program altogether. I still get emails, from time to time, from people asking where they might find these camera ornaments. Well, I just came across some in one of the many catalogs that get stuffed into my mailbox every day.

Please note, that clicking on the link above does NOT result in a donation to GalaxyGoo. I'm posting this purely as a courtesy.

If you'd like to support GalaxyGoo, please visit our Museum shop. I've personally selected items to feature, from our affiliate programs.

Want to be more direct? Make a donation, and help support the science education projects as GalaxyGoo.




Science Toy Store in The Mission

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:34:48 -0800

Just a quick note to my Bay Area neighbors: Kid Tech! If you haven't found it yet, you've got to check it out. It's a wonderful little toy shop in The Mission; packed with science, art, and tech toys for kids.

They don't have a full website up yet, but you can get directions to the store on their temp site.




What does a stroke feel like?

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 09:58:24 -0800

Do yourself a favor and watch this movie. It's incredible. And while you're there, check out the other content on ted.com, it's a really cool site.

"Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness –- shut down one by one. An astonishing story."




Edutopia!

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 12:25:39 -0800

GalaxyGoo got a big mention in Edutopia online, as part of an article on the Maker Faire.

If you're not familiar with Edutopia, it's published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.




Bay Area Backroads at Maker Faire

Fri, 02 May 2008 23:47:07 -0800

Today, at the Maker Faire, I was interviewed for Bay Area Backroads. I'm not quite sure how people get used to having cameras pointing at them, as it certainly unsettled me.

It was actually kind of cool. I didn't see that they had a camera, at first. They asked me what we were setting up for...and I was just myself, talking about the Cell Project. Then they wired me up with a mic, and started shooting. I have to say that they were a little more reserved once the camera started running, and I think this made me a little more reserved as well.

I'm learning that when it comes to filming, I do much better when I don't know the camera's running. All I can say is, well....I hope they edit it well, and that GalaxyGoo at least gets a mention in the show (which should air in the Fall).




Cell Stickers Arrived Today!

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 18:44:11 -0800

We ordered some neat little stickers to take to the Maker Faire. The first batch arrived today!

We'll be giving these away at our booth, in the Maker Kids area of the Faire.

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My fellow Biology geeks out there might appreciate this cell phone sticker... I couldn't resist putting one on my cell right away.

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We ordered some in full color, as well. But they haven't arrived yet. Can't wait to see them!

Big thanks go to Professor Colin Purrington, of Swarthmore College, for suggesting the idea!




Bay Area Maker Faire Education Day: Friday, May 2nd

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:39:14 -0800

The Maker Faire is fast approaching. In fact, it's this weekend!

This year, they're trying out something new. They've invited the Makers to start a day early, and to participate in a special day just for students and educators. Admission is free for Education Day!

That's right, if you're a teacher, and you'd like to come to a special open house just for educators, go sign up right now!

I'll be conducting a special workshop for teachers, on making cell models. If you're going to be there, please contact me so that I can be sure to have enough clay on had for you to do the workshop. Did I mention that teachers get in for free?!

The open house for teachers is scheduled for 4-6pm. Earlier in the day, I'll be doing some demonstrations for students, who will be there on field trips from school.