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Originally posted on Lipstick On My Lab Coat:

I just read a very interesting article by Tom Welton , a Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College London, in the Guardian – Gay Prejudice? It’s not easy admitting you’re a scientist . Certainly raises a few points around LGBT scientists coming out to the LGBT community and seeming disinterest in science within that community. Out LGBT scientists are just as important role models as out out LGBT sports people, musicians, artists and activists. LGBT youth interested in science need to see that there are people like them that have chosen careers in science.

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Ducklings

Seven ducklings and their parents observed by the lake today.

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After eating my lunch by the lake today, I decided to take a walk around the largest lake. As I walked and photographed the vibrant purple jacarandas lining the path, I observed a large water dragon and two turtles (Brisbane River Turtles). Both turtles were perched on rocks sticking out from the water. Perhaps sunning themselves in the mid afternoon sun? As I photographed one turtle I observed its head moving to get a better view of me and I could clearly see its small eyes. Such fascinating creatures. 20131010-173402.jpg20131010-173440.jpg

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I observed an Oriental Darter two mornings in a row in late September.

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Below are photos of water dragons observed in or near the lakes in late September. Twice, while photographing a dragon perched on a bank near the waters edge, the dragon jumped into the water and swam away. As the dragon swam I observed that the motion looked very similar to that of crocodiles, with legs tucked close into the body and propulsion provided by a long strong tail. Fascinating!

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A fascinating article and photo gallery of female Nobel Prize Winners – Women Nobel Prize Winners: 16 Women Who Defied Odds To Win Science’s Top Award (PHOTOS)

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