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Darwin the Geologist

In an autobiographic note Charles Robert Darwin (February 12, 1809 - 1882) remembered a childhood wish:" It was soon after I began collecting stones, i.e., when 9 or 10, that I distinctly recollect the desire I had of being able to know something about every pebble in front of the hall door--it was my earliest and only geological aspiration at that time...

February 12, 2012 — David Bressan

How the TB bacteria bursts your cells

Just to let you know - the latest MolBio carnival is out! The bacteria that cause Tuberculosis are nasty little beasts. The white blood cells that clear infection in your body work by ingesting bacteria and then breaking them up, and the TB escapes this by letting itself get ingested and then sitting inside your white blood cells...

February 12, 2012 — S.E. Gould

MolBiol Carnival #18!

Welcome to the (ever so slightly late -- sorry) 18th issue of the MolBio carnival! [insert some awful pun involving strains here] For those of us working with live cultures, it's important to remember they have a pedigree, and ultimately come from somewhere outside the lab (after all, all life has a common ancestor somewhere ...)...

February 11, 2012 — Psi Wavefunction

#SciAmBlogs Friday - health insurance, home microbiome, LEED buildings on campus, Social Media Week, local climate change, and more

Have a great weekend!- Kevin Zelnio - Trying to Catch His Breath With a Hole-Ridden Safety Net (and then, once you read this, also go here: #IAmUninsured: An #IAmScience Story) - Jennifer Frazer - The Wild Life of My Doorsill - Ellen Berry - Guest Post: 20 US Higher-Education Buildings Earn LEED Platinum in 2011 - Scicurious - Friday Weird Science: Sssnakes can ssmell your menssstrual ssecretionsss - Krystal D'Costa - Social Media Week Returns to a City Near You: February 13th – 17th, 2012 - Joanne Manaster - Science for Grown-ups in Chicago - David Biello - Farmers May Have Kicked Off Local Climate Change 3,500 Years Ago - Larry Greenemeier - Iran Government Suspected in Cutting Off Internet to Quell Protests =======================Conversations on our articles and blog posts often continue on our Facebook page - "Like" it and join in the discussion...

STAFFFebruary 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Science for Grown-ups in Chicago

I will be in Chicago this week attending science events aimed at grown-ups. If you don't know the city, check out this tilt-shift video. Incredible! What started as a trip to view the work-in-progress film about cold fusion called "The Believers" (see my post), has become a bit of an adventure.I will briefly fill you in on some of the science (and Valentine's Day) themed events, in case you are in town and want to attend or, at the very least, to have something to look forward to when I share more about them.Sunday night, Stephanie Levi (@scienceissexy on twitter) will be hosting her Night Lab: The Science of Love and Attraction at a Chicago bar with two guest speakers who promise to enlighten us on the science of human attraction...

February 10, 2012 — Joanne Manaster

The Wild Life of My Doorsill

When I was in North Carolina last month for the meet-and-greet-and-learn-exhausto-freneti-thon of ScienceOnline 2012, I procured for myself a sampling kit for a citizen science project being conducted by the lab of Rob Dunn, Sci Am Guest Blogger and author of the wonderful book The Wild Life of our Bodies.He's doing a new study called "The Wild Life of Our Homes", and for the low, low price of nothing*, I got a sampling kit with two neato dual-pronged sterile Q-tips, instructions, a questionnaire about the characteristics of my pad, and a mailing address to send it back to...

February 10, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

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