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The Straight Dope: A Q&A with the Prof behind the Good Science in Breaking Bad

The Straight Dope: A Q&A with the Prof behind the Good Science in Breaking Bad

Since 1983, Donna J. Nelson has taught some 10,000 students as a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Her research extends to characterizing carbon nanotubes and examining carbon–carbon double bonds every which way and even promoting chemistry education as a means to increase the number of chemists and chemical engineers in the [...]..

STAFFAugust 21, 2013 — Gary Stix

Dragonflies with Backpacks May Advance the Science of Prey Capture

Dragonflies are straight "A" hunters, capturing fruit flies in mid-air about 95 percent of the time, a grade that puts a head-of-the-class predator like a lion to shame.The insect's efficiency—combined with hackable biology (less moving parts—i.e., neurons) compared to any mammal big or small—makes the dragonfly an alluring organism to study the neural underpinnings of a basic but still complex behavior like prey capture.Intrigued by the dragonfly, biologist Anthony Leonardo and colleagues from Intan Technologies and Duke University set about creating the instrumentation that will enable the researchers to monitor the activity of a group of neurons in the species Libellula lydia that appear to be essential for guiding the hunt ...

STAFFJune 17, 2013 — Gary Stix

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