I go by many names, mostly because of all the nicknames I’ve used over the years. Since this is a rather casual place in social media, I’m going to go by ‘Jonny’. That said, thanks for visiting sci.casual. I felt this was a good way to continue looking at and writing about anything in the sciences that looks interesting. It’s also a good way for me to practice writing and speaking about the sciences to an audience outside of a research conference. Also, speaking as a high school science teacher in a past life, I like the sciences (not just chemistry, even though it is my favorite and my training) and I like talking about them. So why not blog about it?
There’s a lot of research going on out there, but the public doesn’t really get a hold of the sources. With a lot of research journals and articles going into Creative Commons licensing, that means one can get open access to these. Science for the people!
But a lot of the studies are written by scientists for scientists. What about those of us with interests and science knowledge, but not the research training? That’s where the ‘casual’ part of this site comes in: I’ll be writing about some interesting (at least to me) research from the eyes of a casual observer with some knowledge of the sciences. Don’t let your past experiences with science classes (I’ve heard a lot of horror stories) get in the way of enjoying the sciences, even if only casually. We’re an interconnected world, and what better way to study it? On a related note, all of my Research-tagged posts have links to the Featured Articles. Feel free to read them (especially if they’re Open Access), but if you need some good ideas on how to read them to get the information that you want, Sophie Arthur from Soph talks science! has a post that could help you get moving.
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Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee or tea, maybe some kind of pastry. Let’s talk some science, shall we?