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Best Of Lab Rat 2011

Best Of Lab Rat 2011

This seems to be a fairly popular thing to do, and the New Year is as good a time as any to look back over my SciAm posts and see which ones I like, which ones I dislike, and how to make the posts better in the future.

January 1, 2012 — S.E. Gould

New Magnetic Bacteria!

I've mentioned magnetic bacteria a couple of times now, so I got quite excited when Lucas Brouwers alerted me to a recent paper in Science (ref below) that explored a whole new group of magnetic bacteria.

December 23, 2011 — S.E. Gould
Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 2

Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 2

Second part of my thinly veiled excuse to research X-men and call it work. The first post can be found here. This is only meant to be a two-parter but I’ll see how I feel on Monday, and whether I can find any more X-men that are as amazing as bacteria.

December 16, 2011 — S.E. Gould

Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 2

Second part of my thinly veiled excuse to research X-men and call it work. The first post can be found here. This is only meant to be a two-parter but I'll see how I feel on Monday, and whether I can find any more X-men that are as amazing as bacteria.

December 16, 2011 — S.E. Gould
Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 1

Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 1

This idea for a post has been kicking around in my head for a while now. As I’ve been finding blogging hard to get into recently, this should kick-start me back into it by letting me write about comics as well as science.

December 15, 2011 — S.E. Gould

Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 1

This idea for a post has been kicking around in my head for a while now. As I've been finding blogging hard to get into recently, this should kick-start me back into it by letting me write about comics as well as science.

December 15, 2011 — S.E. Gould

For all your blogging needs...

It's heading into the festive season, and unfortunately what with parties, Christmas, work, and trying to organise a honeymoon and then taking a honeymoon there will be something of a decrease in your regular Lab Rat blog posts over the next couple of months.

December 7, 2011 — S.E. Gould

A project for bioplastics - 10,000 bioplastic bottles

I while ago I wrote a quick piece exploring the use of algae to produce bacterial-based bioplastics. While this blog tends to focus more on the academic side of research, it's important to appreciate that in order to gain large-scale importance, research does at some point need to venture out of a purely academic environment and delve into the world of companies and industrial research.Ivan Goloborodko is one of a team of three people from Sydney currently looking into a more commercial and large-scale application of bioplastics; the production of bioplastic bottles.

November 30, 2011 — S.E. Gould

Bacteria that live on the Atkins Diet

Bacteria have adapted to live in many niches; from the environmental bacteria that live in the soil and the seas, to the highly specialised intracellular bacteria that rely exclusively on their surrounding host for nutrients.

November 23, 2011 — S.E. Gould

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