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This Week in Evolution (podcast series)

Podcasts are essentially audio files that you can download onto and listen to on any device. They are generally released as parts of a series, and involve people informally conversing about things that they are interested in and know a lot about.

This Week in Evolution is conducted by Vincent Racaniello, a virologist at Columbia University, and Nels Elde, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Utah, along with other experts in the field who come on as guests to discuss their research. Both of the hosts are very insightful and charming, and we get to hear about the life histories of very successful scientists along with the discussions on their research. Vincent Racaniello actually runs a few other podcasts as well (This Week in Virology, This Week in Microbiology etc.), and they are all equally inspiring for budding scientists in the field.

A Chaos of Delight (blog on soil mesofauna)

Soil mesofauna comprise tiny, macroscopic organisms such as collembola, mites, and pseudoscorpions. Andy Murray, the curator of the blog, is a writer and photographer who documents his personal travels in pursuit of these tiny organisms in the form of beautiful, close-up pictures and detailed accounts of their ecology, behavior, and evolution.

Small Things Considered (blog on microbes)

A quirky blog on very specific (sometimes strangely so) questions related to microbes.

icddr,b blog

Articles concerning public health and clinical research being conducted at icddr,b, the premier health sciences research institution in Bangladesh.

BBC Horizon

A documentary series on science and philosophy that covers topics ranging from tackling pollution, climate change, and world hunger to experiments in synthetic biology and biomimicry.

GEN (genetic engineering and biotechnology newsletter)

GEN promises to keep you updated on the latest advances in biotechnology with news articles, videos, and webinars. Take a look at this video they did on women in the life sciences.

Just Simple Enough: The Art of Mathematical Modeling

A now inactive but still amazing blog on mathematical modeling in biology run by theoretical biologist/ecologist Amy Hurford while she was getting her PhD. It provides a simple overview of the history and uses of modeling to explain data and make predictions in various biological systems such as mosquito population control and snail shell shape. The blog links generously to other great resources for more in-depth reading (which might sometimes be necessary to more clearly understand the simpler posts).

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