I am pleased to announced my guest post on the Scientific American Guest Blog today entitled “Arsenic bacteria have changed science…science education that is.” After writing a post about the language of the online critiques of NASA’s paper, I was excited to be invited, along with microbiologist and blogger Rosie Redfield, to discuss the new Technical Comments and replies published in Science. Rosie has written a great and detailed explanation of the arsenic study, the criticisms that have been levelled against it and her future research plans as a result. It also has a terrific title: From the shadows to the spotlight to the dustbin – the rise and fall of GFAJ-1. Go check it out!
At the beginning of my post, I talk a bit about my own experiences as a Grade 9 science student interested in the Cold Fusion media spectacle that happened that year. If you’re a visual person, I thought you might enjoy knowing exactly what Grade 9 me looked like. Here it is. I hope that allows you to recreate the moment in 1989 all the better.