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As a scientist, I spend my days in the lab trying to tease out little truths about how the cells in our bodies behave. The full picture is still unknown and, along with hundreds of thousands of others like me, I’m gradually filling in the pieces.As a novelist, I spend my nights spinning about scientists, writing in a genre I call “lab lit” – not science fiction, but mainstream novels featuring scientists plying their trade...
A bit of news from the end of last week. The U.S. Congress slipped in a provision to the omnibus spending package, passed last Friday, that strips funding for the Department of Energy to enforce a more efficient standard for light bulbs...
I'm packing up my office, and crying intermittedly. Today is my last official day at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Biology. I'm packing up my life and departing St Louis at the first of the new year...
It's difficult to come up with a snappy intro to a story like this: Kim Jong-il is dead of a heart attack at age 69. It's also hard to deny that he was fascinating to watch, somewhat like a train-wreck writ large...
I used to be a crack shot at pitch (marbles) as a kid. I learned from my dad. We'd draw a circle with a piece of chalk, and "pitch" our taws at each other's pieces, which is how the game gets its name in Trinidad...
In one of the cleverest Christmas campaigns I’ve seen, the David Suzuki Foundation has taken a very tongue-in-cheek approach to fundraising. Renowned the world over for its actions on environmentalism and climate change, the foundation has recently come under fire for ‘dashing the hopes of children’ by telling them that Santa is homeless (no joke)...
What was up with a world leader who thought he could control the weather while engaging in his passion for Elizabeth Taylor movies? No one knows for sure, but a few years ago, two psychologists took a crack at a long-distance analysis...
As long as there have been political dictators, psychologists have been fascinated with them. While many psychologists try to understand what happens in normal, rational people that leads them to follow such clearly dangerous leaders, some psychologists have been more interested in characterizing the personality profiles of dictators themselves...
Sauropod dinosaurs are – in my somewhat biased opinion – among the most fascinating tetrapods that ever evolved. Exceeding all other terrestrial animals by an order of magnitude and famous for their extreme and often ridiculous necks, they were also remarkable in possessing an often elaborate degree of skeletal pneumatisation...
Image of the Week #22, December 19th, 2011:
From: Return of the Yeti Crab by Lucas Brouwers at Thoughtomics .
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