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Crude Matter

Human physiology, weird animal biology, and the interface of science and culture.

DMSP and betaines: or, Stinky clams and coral bleaching.

Last October I had the opportunity to chat with Dick Hill, who is the author of one of the most popular animal physiology textbooks in circulation right now and a pretty darn successful ecophysiologist.

August 19, 2011 — Michelle Clement

$50 off new genotyping kit purchases through 23andMe

I got the following email from 23andMe this morning: Dear Michelle,Thanks to you we've made some pretty amazing DNA discoveries - from fun findings on curly hair and detached earlobes you can share at parties, to groundbreaking health-related discoveries about DNA and Parkinson's disease.We'd like to thank you for your participation in research.

August 2, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Chemistry Day at #sciamblogs: Bridging the gap between chemistry and biology. #sciamchem

The Scientific American Blog Network launch last month had some interesting and unintended consequences. Namely, David Kroll observed that despite the advances in diversity in science blogging, there are no pure chemistry bloggers on any of the major science blogging networks, which provoked a round of discussion about who blogs about chemistry, why they do it, and who they're talking to.

August 2, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Links - July 27, 2011

Those of you following me over to Scientific American from Field of Science will know that I occasionally make links posts, which are usually heavy on the physiology but often branch out into other thematic topics as well.

July 27, 2011 — Michelle Clement

What Can Urine Tell Us?

My urine has been tested for many things. For example, when I was offered my current job, my urine was tested for the presence of metabolites of illegal drugs.

July 25, 2011 — Michelle Clement

Visual bias in soccer fouls.

It's okay, Hope. I still adore you. (Image credit Wikipedia) While I wouldn't say that I am a soccer fan , I do find it hard to turn down watching large international sporting events, especially when the USA is doing well in the playoffs.

July 18, 2011 — Michelle Clement

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