Science Scout Merit Badges
Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 12:29 PM EDT
Ever heard of the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique? Theyâ€™ve got themselves some neato merit badges, for amusement and â€œBy the grace of all that is good about science.â€
Well, Iâ€™m a little far away from other science bloggers for meeting
over drinks. And I admittedly blog more about nature nowadays that science
per se. But I support all of the same things and occasionally jump in
to promote science literacy. So letâ€™s see what merit badges Iâ€™m
The â€œtalking scienceâ€ badge: Assumes the recipient conducts himself/herself in such a manner as to talk science whenever he/she gets the chance. Thatâ€™s me, as friends and family will attest to.
The â€œI blog about scienceâ€ badge: In which the recipient maintains a blog where at least a quarter of the material is about science. Well, look around. Iâ€™ve discussed a fair bit I think.
The â€œI know what a tadpole isâ€ badge: In which the recipient knows what a tadpole is. Basically, an easy way to get a badge that looks a little like the semen one above. Now, this is purely low-brow humor, and not that Iâ€™m above that (Iâ€™m not), but I actually work with Xenopus studying development. I get to play with tadpoles almost every day, so Iâ€™d say I earned this one.
The â€œclonerâ€ badge: In which the recipient has cloned something or other. Rules to a drinking game concerning this badge will be forthcoming. Check, done that. Looking forward to the drinking game.
The â€œhas done science whilst under the influenceâ€ badge. This can apply to both achieving moments of intellectual clarity or actual performance of an experiment whilst under the influence. It presumes talking about science under the influence a given. Yes, science comes up as a topic of discussion from time to time, after a few drinks. And then there are the handful of times Iâ€™ve actually been working in the lab while under the influence â€“ most notably after having a few glasses of champagne with someone in the department whoâ€™s just defended their thesis, after which I have to get back to work.
The â€œI use twitter to spread scienceâ€ badge: Science in less than 140 characters is beautiful too. Come visit me on Twitter, Iâ€™m Cellsnbirds.Tagged: fun
This article originally appeared on Migrations.