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I have released a new version of my free python script for @maxon3d Cinema4d: NeuronBuild 1.8. This script allows a C4D user to import neuron morphology data from @NeuroMorphoOrg. It creates realistic, accurate models that you can use in your illustrations and animations
@maxon3d @NeuroMorphoOrg You can learn more, and download the script at:…

A video on the new features is available at:
@maxon3d @NeuroMorphoOrg Some more results... @NeuroMorphoOrg ID NMO_115383
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#Inktober2019 Day 1: Ring. Spirosoma linguale is a non-pathogenic microbe that forms beautiful ring-like or horseshoe shaped cells. To me, they resemble microscopic curly fries.
#Inktober2019 Day 2: Mindless. Your reminder that the amazing microbial diversity we observe is due to the mindless march of evolution. Evolution has no agenda. It is random variation and fitness-based selection, and microbes are fantastic at developing new ways to be fit.
#Inktober2019 Day 3: Bait. One theory for why some bacteria glow is to attract predators like zooplankton, allowing the bacteria access to all the great nutrients in the predator’s gut.
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1/ Nawarla Gabarnmung is one of the largest & most impressive #PrehistoricArt sites in Australia. The entire rock shelter is man-made. The Jawoyn, who created it, quarried out loose stone from the cliff-face, leaving behind supporting pillars. Some of the ceiling #art is 28kya+
^^Photo by John Gollings
2/ Whilst we don't know the definitive age of all the paintings, we do know the site has been in use for 45,000 years, thanks to the archaeological record. It only fell out of use by the Jawoyn in the 1950s & was unkown to Westerners until as late as 2006!
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I have a soft spot for the palaeontologists who originally stuck the iguanodon’s thumb on its nose.

...& I’m a bit skepticism of how skinny our modern vision is.

More historic iguanodon #SciArt:…
Ahh, this makes more sense! Spindly terrestrial dinos confuse me given the chonkiness of modern critters.

And gets at how complicated it is to figure out current-extremely-temporary consensus of fossil reconstructions.
PSA: Palaeontologist & evolutionary biologist @paleoblais is tackling questions in the replies.

(I love my scicomm kin jumping in when I’m out of my depth! 💙🦕☠️)
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Happy Monday! Here is the second thread on Twitter for science organizations. Today we will discuss tweets - how to craft them, how to use hashtags, mentions and quote tweets @PrinSciAdvGoI

For our first thread in this series click here -
The one thing to take away from this thread is this - All tweets are public interactions. Not only are they interactions with the public, but tweets are also public information. A social media rep speaks on behalf of the organisation. Keep personal opinions for personal accounts
Write full sentences but be as brief as possible. Only use commonly known abbreviations - if necessary, expand them. Do not use too much scientific jargon - remember you are reaching out to the general public, not a group of scientists.
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[Day5: Communicating the Dark Side of #Science]
Let's get to the nitty gritty, intersectional #STEM issues today.

What are your thoughts on #SciComm around the complex, messy, imperfect scientific process & the dark history of Science?
MUST READ Examples: dealing w/ Race & Racism in #Science.

@AngelaDSaini’s #Superior (& #Inferior on gender inequity)

@PhysAnth’s statement on Race & Racism thoughtfully written by an intersectional, diverse committee…
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[Day4: Strengths & Limits of #SciComm forms, media, & spaces]
It's theory vs practice day!

There are loads of resources out there for #BestPractices. Today, let's discuss the strengths & limitations YOU've found in trying #STEM #storytelling, #comedy, #SciArt, #digital, & more!
I'll start w/ my favorite resources: @edbeltane & @OliverEscobar's "Public Dialogue & Delibration" & #WendyFaulkner's "Dialogue in #PublicEngagement" handbooks.

How do participant #communication styles impede/help your purpose, eg. #dialogue vs #debate?…
These have been crucial in my understanding of #experiencedesign when creating events or experiences for diverse #scicomm audiences & participants.

There's a purpose for panels and debates. But also a reason why they fail in "changing minds" or creating power-balanced convos.
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[Day3: Creating & Sustaining Spaces of Practice]
Q: Have you created or been part of initiatives for #Science #STEM #STEAM #SciComm practice? Are you considering creating one yourself?

Today we'll discuss "safe spaces to fail" and scaffolded experiences to build up your skills!
Why do I care?
As a former academic & now in my work to spread adaptable skills in #scicomm through #comedy, it strikes me how little prep we get to teach or give strategic talks as we make the shift from undergrad to grad levels

How many bad habits do we accumulate b/c of this?
What are some bad communication habits in #Science #STEM you've seen, experienced, or are still working to overcome?

Here's where I used to struggle:
- preparing talks the night before
- going over time
- imagining the audience wasn't even there
- bad PPTs
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[Day1: Strategic SciComm Through Play]
Often times, when talking #SciComm #SciOut #PubEng #SciEng #SciEdu #SciArt, we spend a lot of discussions on the idea of play + joy + fun for target audiences.

As a practitioner, do use "play" to get better in your practice? If not, why?
Do opportunities & spaces to "PLAY" with your craft/skills in communicating #science even exist for you?

For academics, the lack of opportunity to learn+practice+play w/ public speaking significantly impacts careers, like favoritism of "charismatic ppl" to bad teaching habits.
In the #Arts + #SciArt, rehearsals + practice time is crucial in honing your craft.
In #MuseumEd & #projectdevelopment, there are stages for prototyping, focus grouping, beta-testing to "play".

In #Academia, prof dev workshops exist, but do you have a space for practice?
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Our paper is out, by @NGPMichigan1 @cemay7 and @UMich_MCDB @anoumid:…

- A high sugar diet decreases sweet taste
- Blunted taste promotes eating
- Preventing taste deficits protects animals from obesity
- How? Sugar metabolism inside the taste cells
The Dus lab studies the effects of environment on behavior, and specifically the food environment. We know that around foods with sugar, salt, and fat animals overeat, but how does it happen?
Recent studies found that taste responses may be blunted in humans and rodents with obesity, but are these changes bc of diet or obesity? What role do they play in feeding behavior? Are they a consequence or a driver of obesity?
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Check out #sciart this week to see some really great stuff. I'll be sharing some super-ok comics of mine. Let's get started with some non-coding DNA.
And homicidal balloons. I saw a rogue balloon in the sky the other day, and it made me so sad.
And some biological perspective.
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Another sunny day in Tucson!

I'm ready to share and learn. How about you? (Don't need a poll to know the answer is YES)

What's most important to you in a new tool?
Price, learning curve, availability of tutorials are all important things to consider when starting with a new tool.

I also look at things like extendability, how much is open source, how popular a tool is, and how many resources are available online when someone has an issue.
I love to try new tools, but the first question I always ask is what am I going to use this tool for?

This question is pivotal bc it defines the class of tools you will need.
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Welcome back to our last discussion on animation.

I hope you've already learned a thing or two today, but let's talk about ways to get started with animating.

A quick question before we get started.

How do you want to use animation?
Glad to see we have a group with a good mix of ambition!

I think we'll probably hit the full spectrum of options here, but feel free to jump in with questions!
As I mentioned earlier, I got started animating pretty young because I wanted to see my characters come to life. I started by drawing two images and flopping between them. I used “Ulead PhotoImpact” back in the day.
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Showing off Character Animator…
OMG, it worked!!
So, #SciComm-ers and #SciArt-ists! You're interested in animating or perhaps you're interested in hiring an animator & want to have a better idea of what you're looking for. I'm a total animation nerd and it's my dream to one day have an animated series of my own.
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As usual, let's see how we all feel with a poll!

What do you look for when subscribing to a channel for videos?
I definitely like to see a couple videos by someone before I subscribe! Although one AMAZING video will definitely make me hit that red button!
I'm surprised to see that many of you don't subscribe to YT channels.

Don't like YT? Don't watch videos in general? Hate how subs are handled on YT?

I want to know why!
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Alright, ready to learn my approach for simplifying science?

We have to start with a poll, of course!

What do you think is the most important part of the scientific work (that you'll be making an #SciComm #infographic of)?
I don't have an answer to this question bc I think it really depends on the actual scientific work. But what I CAN answer is what I think is the most important part of the infographic. (Get to it in a sec & I think it may be what many of you think of as impact)
The very first thing you should decide for your infographic is the size. Is this going to go on Instagram (1080 x 1080 px), will it be printed in a magazine (8.5 x 11"), is it for a sidebar on a website? This is going to dictate how much space you have.
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For #FossilFriday I am opening a thread about Early Triassic tetrapod faunal assemblages. After the Permian extinction, terrestrial faunal assemblages were depauperate and most were very similar in composition. Temnospondyls were quick to diversify #paleoart #sciart #scicomm
Along with Temnospondyls, many Early Triassic assemblages also preserve dicynodont remains. Several Lystrosaurus species, some of which were extremely abundant, are quite prevalent in many Induan and Olenekian formations #paleoart #sciart #scicomm
Some Lystrosaurus species, as well as some emydopoids (a group of small, possibly burrowing dicynodonts) were mass extinction survivors. These were Permian animals that were able to survive into the early Triassic. One emydopoid taxon survived into the Middle Triassic #paleoart
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Meanwhile in BC:
February means #OpusDailyPractice, our local fine art supply store organizing prompts & meetup (

I’m far from home, but I have a sketchpad & pens and I’m still trying to be less shy about my art, so let’s do this. 💚 Border & Riley #234 pad, Pigma micron pens in a variety of sizes, and a collection of grey, blue, purple, & red Copic markers
1. Kathmandu, Nepal.
I’m working with pen-only (#inktober redux?) & not fussing over scale as all my #geology #sciart has absurd vertical exaggeration.

...but I couldn’t accept the combo of a very small valley & the metamorphic pattern feeling more “Christmas” than “rock.” Partially-patterned ink drawingFully-patterned ink drawingIncomplete first draft, complete second draft of a detailed geologic cross section of Kathmandu valley in Nepal
2. Tehran, Iran
This feels like approximately a zillion variations of sedimentary textures (alluvial beds).

I had fun playing with miniscule variations in pen widths (💚 those microns!) for today’s #OpusDailyPractice #geology #sciart Ink drawing of a geologic cross section
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Our latest #infographic for the @UofAALES #EMEND project is here! Check out the full infographic here ( or read more below! #scicomm #sciart @NSERC_CRSNG @EllenMac_UofA @charlesnock (1/8)
First of all, what is EMEND? This is a @NSERC_CRSNG funded experimental harvest area where researchers are able to study the effects of retention #harvest strategies on biodiversity, soil properties + more. (2/8)
'Retention harvest' means keeping some trees either individually or as patches after harvest. This might help improve #conservation of #biodiversity within the area & can be used to mimic natural disturbance patterns. (3/8)
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#Mu69: contact binary, peanut, snowman, BB8 droid, balancing balls, & cute lil Kuiper Belt Object who will upend what we thought we knew because that's how science works.

Tech thread from today's news release:
Q: What's a contact binary?
A: What used to be a binary system (2 things orbiting each other) that got squished together (contact) until they're now 1 lumptastic thing.

Details (with diagrams!):…
For #MU69, it looks like it was very gentle squishage. Like, the softest of squeezy-taps from two balls in space to one wonky lil friend.

All that brightness in the neck? Probably fine powders settling into the seam.

So soft. So gentle. So friendly.
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After a jam-packed 2 days at #SciOut18🌪(thx @ASBMB & @rockedu_!) it was time to reflect! 🤔 Reflection is so important, but it can be hard to find ⏰ to really just think! 💭 Some of my thoughts 👉
#365DaysOfScience #biochemistry #scicomm #sciout #science person looking thoughtful in front of mirrornotebook pagenotebook pagenotebook page
What’s inside? 🧐 It’s FORMAMIDE! 🤗 Formally removing RNA’s form with formamide! 🤓 FORMAMIDE in loading buffer breaks up & replaces the bonds between bases holding RNA's shape together 👇
#365DaysOfScience #biochemistry #scicomm #lifeinthelab #science person looking through safety goggles with formamide drawn on themformamide RNA denaturant explanation
Bring on the heat! 🔥 To help denaturants get to the huddling hydrophobic bases, we add heat ♨️ 👉 gives molecules more energy so they can “pull apart” more easily ⏩ easier access 👍 More 👇
#365DaysOfScience #biochemistry #scicomm #lifeinthelab #science person putting tube in heating block
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#Inktober index card 1: Relative dating is a snippet of simple magic. As soon as you stop to think logically, entire landscapes unravel in eagerness to tell you their story. #sciart #geology #teaching
#Inktober index card 2: #DonnaStrickland is the 3rd woman to EVER win the #NobelPrize in #Physics for her work on chirped pulse amplification, an engineering #optics technique to create short, intense laser bursts with broad industrial & medical applications. #sciart #cansci
#Inktober index card 3: I’m #TeamIce for #MinCup2018, infatuated with this simple & elegant mineral.

Here’s my interpretation of ice from chemical composition to melt molecules to crystal hexagons. I couldn’t find my blue pens for sketching the #thinsection. Shush.

Vote ice!
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Oh no. It’s the most contentious time of the year for geo-folk. I usually stay out of it, but some of these minerals are going to make me stan hard.

Lineup below. Hashtag to Follow or Mute is #MinCup2018
Olivine is the defending champion. Here’s why it’s badass from my Ode to Olivibe last #MinCup:
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Intersecting Orbits by Regina Valluzzi
#Prints through Fine Art America.
An artist mashup of Laue diffraction, #atomic orbitals and other ideas
The original is available (18 x 24 in)
@bassyjam Thank you for the retweet
@blended_monkey Thank you for the retweet
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