Author Archives: David Ng

The “I attended ScienceOnline and connected to a web of science leaders & communicators” badge.

Previously known as the “I attended ScienceOnline and all I got was this stinking badge” badge…. (BZ, AZ, KT)

The “I attended ScienceOnline and connected to a web of science leaders & communicators” badge.

Previously known as the “I attended ScienceOnline and all I got was this stinking badge” badge…. (BZ, AZ, KT)

The “I make weaponized lasers” badge.

Yet another one of our more self explanatory badges. (CLW)

The “I make weaponized lasers” badge.

Yet another one of our more self explanatory badges. (CLW)

The “I make lasers” badge

In which recipient makes lasers. Kind of simple but awesome.

The “I make lasers” badge

In which recipient makes lasers. Kind of simple but awesome.

The “I’m all about the science equipment” badge (LEVEL III)

In which, recipients have designed and constructed entirely new and novel scientific equipment. A scientific apparatus that makes more scientific apparatus also counts. (TML)

The “I’m all about the science equipment” badge (LEVEL III)

In which, recipients have designed and constructed entirely new and novel scientific equipment. A scientific apparatus that makes more scientific apparatus also counts. (TML)

The “I’m all about the science equipment” badge (LEVEL II)

In which users have designed and constructed their own scientific equipment. Laughing maniacally throughout this process is optional. (TML)

The “I’m all about the science equipment” badge (LEVEL II)

In which users have designed and constructed their own scientific equipment. Laughing maniacally throughout this process is optional. (TML)

The “I’m all about the science equipment” badge (LEVEL I)

In which, users have tweaked or hacked existing science equipment for improved or novel uses. Examples involving scotch tape and paper clips also count. (TML)

The “I’m all about the science equipment” badge (LEVEL I)

In which, users have tweaked or hacked existing science equipment for improved or novel uses. Examples involving scotch tape and paper clips also count. (TML)

The “I punch moon-landing deniers” badge.

That’s right. You’ve got Buzz Aldrin’s back… (PW)

The “I punch moon-landing deniers” badge.

That’s right. You’ve got Buzz Aldrin’s back… (PW)

The “I have a species named after me” badge.

In which the wearer is a latter day Linneaus.

The “I have a species named after me” badge.

In which the wearer is a latter day Linneaus.

The “I have an equation or constant named after me” badge

In which this badge is pretty much akin to science royalty (MG).

The “I have an equation or constant named after me” badge

In which this badge is pretty much akin to science royalty (MG).

The “who needs a post graduate degree? I can do science… CITIZEN SCIENCE!” badge.

In which we come to terms that good science can also be done by the general public. (NHM)

The “who needs a post graduate degree? I can do science… CITIZEN SCIENCE!” badge.

In which we come to terms that good science can also be done by the general public. (NHM)

The “I have survived dangerously inclement weather in the name of science” badge

In which the recipient has experience extreme weather hazards, all in the attempt to get data for science.

The “I have survived dangerously inclement weather in the name of science” badge

In which the recipient has experience extreme weather hazards, all in the attempt to get data for science.

The “f*** me but a significant portion of my post-grad degree was spent on a lousy supplemental figure” badge

Link to the supplemental figure and approximate time involved would be greatly appreciated.

The “f*** me but a significant portion of my post-grad degree was spent on a lousy supplemental figure” badge

Link to the supplemental figure and approximate time involved would be greatly appreciated.

The “I have an actual human skeleton in my office” badge

With the assumption that there is a good sound reason for this (and that this doesn’t include those found in living bodies). (GGP)

The “I have an actual human skeleton in my office” badge

With the assumption that there is a good sound reason for this (and that this doesn’t include those found in living bodies). (GGP)

The “I’ve been envenomated by one of my research subjects” badge

Snakes, scorpions, other anthropods, various spiders, insects, etc. All good. Near death stories are a bonus. (JKS)

The “I’ve been envenomated by one of my research subjects” badge

Snakes, scorpions, other anthropods, various spiders, insects, etc. All good. Near death stories are a bonus. (JKS)

The “I’m a scientist but people tell me I look like a celebrity” badge.

It goes without saying that a link to a picture is required for this badge. (SH)

The “I’m a scientist but people tell me I look like a celebrity” badge.

It goes without saying that a link to a picture is required for this badge. (SH)

The “I have served on a government advisory panel” badge.

Enjoying this experience is not a prerequisite. (GS)

The “I have served on a government advisory panel” badge.

Enjoying this experience is not a prerequisite. (GS)

The “I have toggled programs into memory in binary on a regular basis” badge.

Kind of like our level 6 computer programming badge (obviously computer folk are fond of their badges). (GS)

The “I have toggled programs into memory in binary on a regular basis” badge.

Kind of like our level 6 computer programming badge (obviously computer folk are fond of their badges). (GS)

The “I have programmed using plugboards or punchcards” badge.

Kind of like our level 5 computer programming badge. (GS)

The “I have programmed using plugboards or punchcards” badge.

Kind of like our level 5 computer programming badge. (GS)

The “I’ve published at the Science Creative Quarterly” badge.

Because Science Scouts are not above gratuitous product placements either.

The “I’ve published at the Science Creative Quarterly” badge.

Because Science Scouts are not above gratuitous product placements either.

The “I use twitter to spread science” badge.

Science in less than 140 characters is beautiful too (DN).

The “I use twitter to spread science” badge.

Science in less than 140 characters is beautiful too (DN).

The “Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, I’ve got a radio gig” badge.

In which the recipient plays a significant science performance role on radio. Bonus marks if recipient is wearing their lab coat during the broadcast. (SN)

The “Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, I’ve got a radio gig” badge.

In which the recipient plays a significant science performance role on radio. Bonus marks if recipient is wearing their lab coat during the broadcast. (SN)

The “string theory… I soooo get it” badge.

Want to argue about the merits of this topic? To quote a great movie: “Bring it on!” (RD)

The “string theory… I soooo get it” badge.

Want to argue about the merits of this topic? To quote a great movie: “Bring it on!” (RD)

The “quantum mechanics… I soooo get it” badge.

And not afraid to make fun of those who don’t (RD).

The “quantum mechanics… I soooo get it” badge.

And not afraid to make fun of those who don’t (RD).

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL III).

A badge for those who, over a career acting as principal investigator, have secured total research funding awards in excess of $10,000,000 (SN).

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL III).

A badge for those who, over a career acting as principal investigator, have secured total research funding awards in excess of $10,000,000 (SN).

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL II).

A badge for those who, over a career acting as principal investigator, have secured total research funding awards in excess of $1,000,000 (SN).

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL II).

A badge for those who, over a career acting as principal investigator, have secured total research funding awards in excess of $1,000,000 (SN).

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL I).

A badge for those who, over a career acting as principal investigator, have secured total research funding awards in excess of $100,000 (SN).

The “I somehow convinced someone to part with a lot of money for science” badge (LEVEL I).

A badge for those who, over a career acting as principal investigator, have secured total research funding awards in excess of $100,000 (SN).

The “emergency evacuation due to science” badge.

Sort of self explanatory – should be a good story or two here… (DL).

The “emergency evacuation due to science” badge.

Sort of self explanatory – should be a good story or two here… (DL).

The “rock licker” badge.

In which recipients have honed their palate to distinguish fossil from bone, since licking rocks purely for fun is kind of weird (B).

The “rock licker” badge.

In which recipients have honed their palate to distinguish fossil from bone, since licking rocks purely for fun is kind of weird (B).

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL III).

In which your science, due to Lab work or fieldwork, dictates at least a full month away from your bed (KS).

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL III).

In which your science, due to Lab work or fieldwork, dictates at least a full month away from your bed (KS).

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL II).

In which your science, due to Lab work or fieldwork, dictates at least a full week away from your bed (KS).

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL II).

In which your science, due to Lab work or fieldwork, dictates at least a full week away from your bed (KS).

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL I).

In which your science, due to lab work or fieldwork, requires an overnight vigil (KS).

The “science deprives me of my bed” badge (LEVEL I).

In which your science, due to lab work or fieldwork, requires an overnight vigil (KS).

The “plant kingdom rules!” badge.

Whereby the image on this badge in no way condones any particular type of activity.

The “plant kingdom rules!” badge.

Whereby the image on this badge in no way condones any particular type of activity.

The “broken heart for science” badge

In which the recipient’s passion for science has led to their significant other leaving (PTP).

The “broken heart for science” badge

In which the recipient’s passion for science has led to their significant other leaving (PTP).

The “astronaut” badge (LEVEL III).

Whereby the recipient has actually been in space (AP).

The “astronaut” badge (LEVEL III).

Whereby the recipient has actually been in space (AP).

The “astronaut” badge (LEVEL II).

Whereby the recipient has actually been aboard a spacecraft (AP).

The “astronaut” badge (LEVEL II).

Whereby the recipient has actually been aboard a spacecraft (AP).

The “astronaut” badge (LEVEL I).

Whereby the recipient has used a spacecraft simulator (AP).

The “astronaut” badge (LEVEL I).

Whereby the recipient has used a spacecraft simulator (AP).

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL III)

Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to other scientists in their own field (M).

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL III)

Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to other scientists in their own field (M).

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL II)

Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to other scientists generally (M).

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL II)

Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to other scientists generally (M).

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL I)

Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to their parents (M).

The “non-explainer” badge (LEVEL I)

Where the recipient can no longer explain what they do to their parents (M).