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Archive for April 21st, 2012

  1. I spent this great, rainy Saturday at the Science Museum of Minnesota because I tweet. Really, I think that’s the real reason I was invited. Me, a bunch of science folks and other interesting people like economics writer, Erik Hare and musician and nerd (not necessarily in that order), Jeremy Messersmith.
  2. I watched 1.5 cubic miles of Greenland glacier melt in 75 minutes with Will Steeger.
  3. I talked politics and partisanship with Shawn Otto because I want to use his book Fool Me Twice in a communications and science course at St. Catherine University.
  4. I listened to Maggie Koerth-Baker of boingboing.net share the history of the light bulb, maybe not so interesting until you realize it failed miserable for THIRTY years…
  5. And lastly, I went all fangirl chatting up Jeremy Messersmith. A gracious and smart rock star. Lucky me.
  6. Thus, below is my storify of interesting Tweets from the the Great Minnesota Science Tweetup.

  7. How can we talk about science?

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    Sorry @ShawnOtto, your chat was just as opinion charged as those you are refuting. If we are to use moral values, faith counts #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:00:41
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    @jmessersmith depends. Evidence does not necessarily equal truth. but neither does belief. Thats the tipping point of the whole thing.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:54:27
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    @jmessersmith I think I get tired of the idea that faith and science are inevitable opposites. I don’t think the evidence says that.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:02:06
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    @jmessersmith Felt more like lobbyist/antagonist than scientist. Using partial vid clips, making fun of govnmt, arrogant about solutions.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:56:10
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    Thank you @willsteger. Need to be more tolerant of differing views. We are all in this together. #MNearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:59:03
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    Facts don’t convince. Emotion, Values, Story Telling all do. #MNEarthDay @ShawnOtto
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:58:57
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    Songwriting 101! RT @Sara_G_N_Kerr: Facts don’t convince. Emotion, Values, Story Telling all do. #MNEarthDay @ShawnOtto
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:00:11
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    “We’re all in on this expedition together.” @willsteger #climate #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:57:00
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    Change science from monologue to dialogue #MNEarthDay Especially in the classroom–I was lucky to have science awesome profs in Jr/Sr High
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:45:18
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    MT “@sciencemuseummn: we spend < 5% of our lives in a classroom; science is constantly changing #MNEarthDay” helps when it’s interactive
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:41:08
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    mT “@wabbitoid: Science is a process vs fixed body of work. The Scientific Method is curiouisty crafted into inquiry. #MNEarthDay” A System
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:57:17
  19. Who was there
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    Thanks to all the #mnEarthDay speakers @willsteger @BoingBoing @ShawnOtto and to our very own Patrick Hamilton.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:01:18
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    @willsteger “We have to solve this problem for our children.” #climate #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:50:13
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    Fool Me Twice, Fighting the Assault on Science, author @shawnotto up now @sciencemuseummn for #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:44:33
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    Politics and science good talk RT @KitchPantrySci: MN Book award winner @ShawnOtto is about to speak! #MNEarthDay #FoolMeTwice
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:47:10
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    Must read!! #MNEarthDay RT @ShawnOtto: Science, a Force for Freedom and Human Rights huff.to/I7ggqS via @HuffingtonPost
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:50:00
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    Super excited to see @maggiekb1 speak at #MNEarthDay! I’ve heard great things. http://twitpic.com/9chax6
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:15:19
  26. What we talked about
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    The average American uses twice as much energy compared to the average European @maggiekb1 #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:31:22
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    Love the idea of bounding and social economics for lay people #MNEarthDay http://pic.twitter.com/0WHsc5q9
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:52:55
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    Buildings and industry count for 70% of energy use in the US. Applying new heat-capturing techniques would lower that number. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:05:14
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    The presentations by @shawnotto and @willsteger are more terrifying than any horror film I’ve ever seen. #whiteknuckles #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:15:22
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    Antiscience forces want to add to their freedom – at the expense of yours. Regulation Science = Freedom. – @ShawnOtto #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:12:04
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    Tools for Arctic exploration in the 1950s, sleds. Now? Canoe sleds. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:29:05
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    #mnearthday ice the size of land east of the Mississippi broke up in 2007
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:29:37
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    Wow. @willsteger Went kite skiing in Greenland. Unreal. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:35:21
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    RT @Sara_G_N_Kerr: I am such a science lightweight. @sciencemuseummn allows me to be a student at #MNEarthDay which makes me a better teacher @StKate
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:38:12
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    Marketing/business found ways to profit from #electricity @maggiekb1 #MNEarthDay is #HowThingsOftenChange see Enviro Econ
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:25:52
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    The electric companies had to event things that used electricity in order to create a need for it @maggiekb1 #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:25:28
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    When technology fails, we learn, but have we lost our patience to wait for it? Does it prevent innovation? #MNEarthDay #STEM
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:28:53
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    The US wastes over half of the energy it consumes. Capturing heat waste would add the equivalent of 95 power plants to our grid. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:35:13
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    “The Greenland Effect” a little sun warmth & a bit if snow melt and WHOOSH the snow crashes from the roof. Like the glaciers #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:11:19
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    Fascinating to hear the Big Back Yard is built upon decimeters if societal waste; hard to drill deep pilings through the #junk #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:08:14
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    Could @sciencemuseummn annually be energy neutral? Yes they can! Solar power and energy efficient #MNEarthDay using readily available tech
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:59:40
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    .@sciencemuseummn computer modeled energy efficiency in the design phase back in the 90s #MNEarthDay #HowCoolIsThat next? Waste heat capture
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:47:49
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    Minn science museum started effort to reduce waste by having garbage emptied in a warehouse, dissected, and studied. #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:45:50
  45. Politics and Science
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    RT @maggiekb1: Science is always political because it challenges vested interests. @shawnotto at #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:50:16
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    Oh, wow. Never thought before abt Biblical perspective on rising sea levels vs. “God promised no more global flood.” #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:57:24
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    Great point from Shawn Otto. “Science is never partisan, science is always political.” #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:00:45
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    No. We are not well enough informed. #MNEarthDay I want to see politics exit k-12 education, but not just bash 1 party http://pic.twitter.com/Z1rIJ2YO
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:57:29
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    Of 535 Congress members, less than 2% are scientists. So @sciencemuseummn young visitors, time to start your CAMPAIGNS #MNEarthDay #Problem
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:07:30
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    A bubble economy crashes. What makes us think a bubble environment won’t? #MNEarthDay @shawnotto
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:56:34
  52. Funny Thoughts…
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    “cows don’t fart carbon dioxide” @shawnotto #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:58:17
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    RT @xbryanx: How many of the 3000 questions in the 2008 presidential debate were about climate change? 6. UFO’s? 3! #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:09:24
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    RT @jmessersmith: .@sciencemuseummn has a huge digital globe with beautiful data visualizations. Even better than the one in Return of the Jedi. #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:26:36
  56. What we did
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    Watching @KitchPantrySci do her thing at @sciencemuseummn #MNEarthDay http://twitpic.com/9cj9p1
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:15:16
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    Husband dimmed lights in @sciencemuseummn Science House by holding phone app flashlight in front of lighting sensor. #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:17:41
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    Awesome! Exhibit design @sciencemuseummn as part of #ProjectNoWaste #MNEarthDay Aiming for 75% waste reduction http://pic.twitter.com/d2YIXvj9
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:44:38
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    DYK: Teachers can checkout materials from and study at the Science House #HowCoolisThat #MNEarthDay Open teacher friendly hours 3:30-6 pm
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:23:06
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    Learning about the flexibility of the outdoor space for messy science @sciencemuseummn #MNEarthDay in the Science Park http://pic.twitter.com/U5TaeMED
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:58:23
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    Next up: background tour of #NoWasteProject @sciencemuseummn catering for #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:32:53
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    Compost and recycling @sciencemuseummn #MNEarthDay http://pic.twitter.com/ANEv5DIj
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:28:08
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    Having fun and games at @sciencemuseummn #mnearthday http://pic.twitter.com/6geeZYL2
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:56:02
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    In the Science House @sciencemuseummn that is roofed with solar collecting film on the metal roof #MNEarthDay Wow! http://pic.twitter.com/5N9kosgB
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:57:05
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    @KitchPantrySci the #MNEarthDay tours have been great! At the Omnimax projection tour now. http://twitpic.com/9ciyr2
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:45:53

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