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George Zaidan
George Zaidan is a card-carrying nerd and lifelong teacher. He scours the internet for the most intriguing, wonderful scientific papers and then translates them into English for his video blog, Pocket Science. He has written and hosted for The Weather Channel, worked on Alton Brown's science cooking opus, Good Eats, and has produced science videos for New Scientist and Earth Magazines. George is a Fellow of the Institute for Education and an avid golfer. He is a graduate of MIT.

Entries by George Zaidan

Why I'm Not Taking Down My Lulu Reviews (For Now)

(24) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:09 AM

Last week, I discovered that I have Lulu reviews... two of them, in fact. For those of you who haven't read its New York Times profile, Lulu is an app that allows women to rate and review men.

It's not a free-for-all, though. Women first self-identify as...

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What Is Fat?

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 9:43 PM

There's been a war on fat in this country. You can buy "fat free" and "reduced fat" versions of anything. But all fats are not created equal. There are many different types; some are good for you and some are not. What makes one fat different from the next? And...

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Squirrelly Citizen Science

(13) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 5:40 PM

SciStarter asked Craig Newmark (of Craigslist fame) why he likes squirrels. He told us that it all started with a simple desire to feed birds. But the suet palaces he was using to dispense the raw, fat-based bird food were constantly getting hacked by squirrels. He tried everything;...

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How Chemotherapy Works

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 5:41 PM

Cancer isn't one disease, and there isn't one cure. The menu of treatment options includes drugs (chemotherapy), surgery, and radiation; they are often used together or one after another. The tricky thing is that unlike viruses or bacteria, which are totally different organisms, cancer cells were once healthy human cells...

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Citizen Science: Creating a Culture of Curiosity

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 12:12 PM

These days it can seem like you need a ten-person lab, multimillion dollar equipment, and three PhD's to make even the tiniest contribution to science. But Lily Bui of says that all you really need are your five senses... and, of course, a sense of adventure!

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Amateur Golfers, Professional Diplomats

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 7:48 PM

Golfers around the world are watching as the world's best try to tear each other apart, one hole at a time, at Royal Lytham. As the third major of the season plays out, the British will politely remind us that they don't have to qualify their tournament: it's simply The...

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I'm 25-Years-Old and My Hair Is Falling Out

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 4:25 PM

I am 25-years-old, and my hair is falling out. Granted, this according to my mother, who also thinks I should wear woolly sweaters until mid-May and that the amount of food on my plate is never quite enough... but I can't help feeling that this time, she may be right....

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Read Radar, Make Your Own Forecast

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 1:05 PM

Winter brings out the amateur meteorologist in us. We gaze at the clouds to guess their intent, we lick our fingers to judge the wind, and those of us with rheumatism go weak-kneed for approaching storms. We are in good company: before The Weather Channel, before the National Weather Service,...

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NASA Finds Weird Life... Where Exactly?

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 3:37 PM

Until Thursday, the blogosphere was alight with speculation over NASA's announcement that they would "discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." That sentence was, of course, designed to be titillating, but NASA may have overplayed their hand. Watch the video below for details:

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