The 2016 TWIS Blair’s Animal Corner Calendars are here!

November 10th, 2015


We know you are excited about this! We are, too!

Blair worked her butt off to get these calendars to the presses in time for the holidays, and you know what? Her work paid off.

We have a grand total of 100 beautiful calendars available for you! Not many, so get them while they are hot!


These calendars are full-color prints of pieces of art hand-drawn by Blair. Each month you will find a new animal surrounded by a different color scheme. Which is impressive considering that Blair is color-blind.

Also, never miss a TWIS! We put it on the calendar for you, along with what we consider important science-y holidays to keep you entertained and informed throughout the year.

Need a link? Of course you do. Click the image below to order now!

Get your calendar today!
Please, allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.


Addressing Broader Impacts for scientists

February 19th, 2015

This week at the annual AAAS conference in San Jose, CA, Dr. Kiki Sanford launched a video production and social media marketing company called Broader Impacts Productions.

Her aim, beyond the educational and entertainment efforts of TWIS, is to help scientist and science-related organizations tell their stories, reach a global audience, and better understand how their work is impacting the general public.

With a doctorate in neurophysiology and more than ten years experience in video production and science storytelling, Dr. Kiki is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of organizations, institutions, and individual scientists while simultaneously meeting the needs of intended audiences.

Broader Impacts Productions is a boutique video production company specializing in scientific storytelling. Do you need your story told for broader impacts? Contact or visit our website for a quote.


This Week: TWIS is going to AAAS in San Jose!

February 11th, 2015

Are you in the San Jose area? Have you wanted to hangout with the TWIS crew for ages, and wondered why we never do meetups?

Well, Sunday, February 15th is your lucky day!!!

Head to the Brittania Arms in Downtown San Jose for an evening meet and greet in the name of SCIENCE.

The Brittania Arms
173 W. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Time: 5:30-7:30pm (ish)

We want to meet you in person! Come find us!

RSVP in the comments so we can start to get a headcount. Thanks!


Here comes Episode #500!

January 30th, 2015

Next week, TWIS will reach a milestone in its podcasting history… 500 episodes (or so we estimate).

We would love you to join us on the show for a moment, with a word.

We’ve partnered with Dumbstruck to capture your reactions to the news of our 500th episode, AND to get your one word reaction.

All you have to do is watch my video on Dumbstruck and say a word. Easy as that. Oh, and you will probably have to allow Dumbstruck to use your microphone and camera. You have to do that kind of thing to record video, you know.

Click below to make it so! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say…


TWIS LIVE in New York at STEM Fest!

December 30th, 2014


TWIS is heading to New York. In just over two weeks!

If you live in the Tri-state area, this is your chance to see TWIS broadcast live!

As part of the Horse Trade inaugural STEM Fest, TWIS goes live at the UNDER St. Mark’s theater in the East Village on January 15th at 10pm EDT. Click here for more information and tickets.

It’s a late show, but it’s New York city, the city that never sleeps. So, stay up late with us in honor of science! Be a part of our broadcast! Watch the show happen IRL!

You may not get a chance like this again…

Get tickets now! They are only $10!


TWIS on The California Report!

August 22nd, 2014

This past month TWIS was featured in a radio story on KQED’s ‘The California Report’ for the way we are using Patreon to build our community and drive support for our productions.

Thanks to everyone for supporting us on Patreon, to Grace Rubenstein for putting us in her story, and to Patreon for giving us a new and interactive way to fund raise.

We hope that we can continue to count on your support as we strive to produce new and ever better science programs for you.


This Week on TWIS: Dan Falk and the Science of Shakespeare

June 30th, 2014

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” –Shakespeare

And, oh, we are fools here at TWIS. Fools for science!

Don’t miss some excellent foolishness this Thursday evening as we explore the world of Shakespeare with science writer, Dan Falk. His recently released book, “The Science of Shakespeare – A new look at the playwright’s universe,” explores the many ways that the first phase of the scientific revolution affected the bard and his craft.

This week we weave together science with its place in history, art, and culture. How much more foolish could we be???

Don’t miss it… the show starts at 8pm PDT on

Buy the book on Amazon!


Support TWIS on Patreon

February 26th, 2014

In the spirit of fundraising and remaining virtually ad-free, This Week in Science (TWIS) has started an account on

What is Patreon? Well, it’s like Kickstarter for artists and media producers. But, instead of having one big campaign that ends on a particular date, Patreon takes into account the ongoing nature of art and media production. So, when you donate, you choose an amount that you want to give on an ongoing basis whenever we produce an new episode for you. For example, if you pledge to donate $5 per episode, at the end of a month you will be charged $20.

Very much like Kickstarter and other fundraising platforms, you will receive a gift from us in return for your support. We have created patches, new t-shirts, and could even record you a voicemail message!

If you love TWIS, all you need to do is head over to, and follow the instructions from there.

We are trying to raise at least $500 per episode in pledged support. The money will be used to buy TWIS new equipment, pay our bills, and give each of us a little something in our pockets for the work we do (personally speaking, money I get will be applied to childcare). If we are able to raise over $500 per episode, the monies will help support TWIS expansion. We would love to do more for science communication. We just have to get past the tipping point to make it happen.

You are how we hope to make it happen. Every little bit helps us reach our goals of informing and entertaining you.

So, if you do love TWIS, head over to right now, and pledge your support.

Thank you for your support. We really couldn’t do this without you.