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The primary goal of this page/database is to make it easier for people to connect with scientists, science journalists, science teachers (K-12), and science pages on Google+.  

How do I use this database to follow science on Google+?
You can search for and follow scientists, science writers, science teachers, and science pages in two ways. First, the database is categorized by discipline. You can click on the links at the top of the spreadsheet or the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to search within a discipline. You can circle individual profiles/pages by clicking on the Google+ links. Or second, you can add discipline specific shared circles. We will publish updated shared circles at regular intervals for your convenience.

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About 6 weeks ago Alien Garden

Here's a beautiful almost alien photo of redditor ohpumpkincoffee's garden - in which all the plants are carnivorous!

Carnivorous plants derive energy in the normal way from sunlight, but tap into the protozoans, insects and animals that they trap for some or even all of their nutrients.


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About 5 weeks ago Cubes in  motion

This animated gif is harmonious and fine.

The cube is one of the five Platonic solids.

The regularity of the Platonic solids is extraordinarily suggestive: for this motive, they were extensively studied since ancient times, often looking for hidden meanings in them and giving them esoteric values.
They were studied by Pythagoras and Plato. 

Plato, in the dialogue Timaeus, associated an element (among the four classical elements) to each of them: fire with the tetrahedron, earth with the cube, air with the octahedron, water with the icosahedron, while in the dialogue Phaedo he thought that the dodecahedron was the shape of  Universe.

They were then studied with greater rationality by Greek-Alexandrian surveyors. The construction of these solids is contained in Book XIII of Euclid's Elements. Proposition 13 describes the construction of the regular tetrahedron, Proposition 14 is dedicated to regular octahedron, Proposition 15 to th
About 10 weeks ago The Miracle of Water

We are between 50%-65% water and 72% of the planet is covered by it, yet we have little knowledge of the structural properties of the liquid. In an eye opening experiment scientists at the Graz university in Austria, electrified two beakers full of water using high voltage currents.

Water is an excellent conductor of electricity and the hydrogen bonds within it allow something remarkable to happen, as the researchers explain: “The interaction of water with electric fields has been intensely explored over the last years. We report another unusual effect of liquid water exposed to a dc electric field: the floating water bridge.”

When exposed to a high-voltage electric field, water in two beakers climbs out of the beakers and crosses empty space to meet, forming the water bridge. The liquid bridge, hovering in space, appears to the human eye to defy gravity. Upon investigating the phenomenon, the scientists found that water was being transported from one beak
About 7 weeks ago Ah, the majestic Horseshoe crab. Scientifically known as Limulus polyphemus, this creature not only looks like a tank, but is a real blue blood. That is, the horseshoe crab literally bleeds blue. This is due to their blood containing copper associated hemocyanin for oxygen transport rather than hemoglobin, the transport protein which also gives our blood its red color. 

Now, you're probably wondering, why the hell would anyone want to capture and bleed a horseshoe crab? Well, I'm sure there are a number of reasons, and I'm sure all of them are very good. However, I am only personally concerned with their amebocytes as I've heard they taste rather rubbery. Besides, after the bleeding, I hear they're returned to the ocean (probably because nothing else wants to eat them either). 

Moving on, there is something very interesting that happens when you combine Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) with a nasty little molecule known as Lipopolysaccharide (LPS). I suppose it is unfai
About 3 weeks ago There is no ocean deep inside the earth

"In what sounds like a chapter from Journey to the Center of the Earth, the chemical makeup of a tiny, extremely rare gemstone has made researchers think there's a massive water reservoir hundreds of miles under the earth."

In the last couple of days newspapers and other media outlets have reported what they've been calling "an ocean deep inside the earth". "What if the outermost layer of the earth was floating on a boundless sea, bigger than all of the ones present on the surface?"(translation mine) writes Laura Berardi on ilFattoQuotidiano, which is normally quite a decent newspaper (though their track record on scientific reporting is middling at best).

There could be a large body of water buried deep beneath the Earth's surface containing as much water as in every ocean combined, according to new scientific research. You know, just your average secret trove of buried water to s
About 5 weeks ago What the oceans do for us: powering our needs in the future

Figuring out how we are going to keep generating energy is a political nightmare, and technologically challenging.  There are all sorts of issues with fossil fuels, and renewable energy solutions are (at the moment) generally a little more costly to get up and running.  There are also some issues over energy-delivery reliability.  These aren’t insurmountable problems, and slowly but surely people around the globe and thinking of new – and sometimes old solutions to producing more sustainable and less polluting energy.  Solutions like harnessing the power of the ocean.

Tides occur from the rotation of the sun and moon around the Earth.  Each orbiting body exerts a gravitational force that pulls the ocean around.  Here’s a great 2-minute video explaining how it works (though some parts of the world have more than two tides a day!).  There are two important things about the tides that make them intriguing from an
About 10 weeks ago Science Rules Google+!

Delighted that we got a shout out from Social Times for being the fastest growing community on G+. Science on Google+ is one of the top-growing communities on the platform, gaining 18,708 followers in January. According to the community page, it is moderated by scientists “for all people interested in science, both professionals and the general public.” 

As moderator +V.D. Veksler puts it, let's get this straight:

G+ is for Geekery
Fb is for Family & friend stalking
Pinterest is for Projects
Twitter is for TV commentary

Thanks for all the science love, folks!

About 5 weeks ago Round-Up of New Paper on Global Warming and Severe Thunderstorms

Here is the round-up of the new paper that my colleagues +Martin Scherer and Jeff Trapp have published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The peer-reviewed paper is available open-access here:

The story by +Bjorn Carey of +Stanford University News Service is here:

Some news stories include:

+The New York Times :


 +NBC News :

+National Geographic :
About 6 weeks ago Honey, where'd we leave the keys kids?
Female cowbird brains better than male at spatial memory

The story usually goes that males perform better than females on a range of spatial navigation and memory tasks - that's true in humans and a wide variety of other species. But not so for brown-headed cowbirds. In this species, females seem to have the edge.

It's thought that the superiority of males in spatial memory is linked to evolutionary demands. For example, polygynous male voles have to keep track of their mates over a wide range of locations, and they have a larger hippocampus (the region of the brain most closely linked to spatial memory) and perform better on spatial memory tasks than females of the same species; in contrast, in monogamous voles, no such sex differences exist.

This makes the brown-headed cowbird,   Molothrus ater,    an interesting case study. The females lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, and only the females scout out those loc
About 11 weeks ago The Science Behind the Art of Frozen

What makes animated films beautiful? Depending on the film, it could be stylistic approach, the storyline, or, as in the case of films like Frozen, the science. 

Close to the release date of Frozen, Disney Animation Studios released a hint of the science used for the film. The beautiful snow is based on a material point method algorithm. To summarize: a particle has position, velocity, and deformation. The algorithm gives the particle mass, velocity, and volume as needed modified by collision response until you have an updated particle position. When you model each particle, you have impressive, realistic snow. When you tweak the various parameters such as snow strength, you can any type of snow possible, but you should know what parameters to use: density, hardening, and elasticity being some of the main ones if not accounting for temperature.

That’s just for the snow, but what about light? The angles, the material, the reflection or refra