Lots more to be seen at http://www.microbialart.com/
These are the exchanges between the crew of the Starship Enterprise and Commander Hadfield of the International space station.
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Commander Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie’s Space Oddity, but this time he sings it in space. I think it is time for Commander Hadfield to stop being so flipping cool.
Do I put this into the “travel” category? Oh, OK.
It’s that time of the year again – the exams have rolled around and students are stressing over the curriculum and how to answer this question and that question.
My advice is to do your best and remember that there are more important things in life and life presents you with many options and opportunities.
So, most of you are familiar with Facebook the social network. Facebook technology is based on graph theory – that is to say that Facebook represents each member as a node and each friendship between members as an edge. This combination of nodes and edges Continue Reading →
For some years I have been interested in gene fusions and how frequent they are in nature and how important they are. It is “introgressive descent” in one form.
They are surprisingly difficult to analyse, in part because they come in so many different guises and in part Continue Reading →
This is by far the strangest bovine I have ever seen.
Sexual selection is blamed for a lot of the traits that look strange in the animal world.
Sexually selected traits are often whimsical, sometimes they might actually offer a selective disadvantage in the standard evolutionary sense, since they might cost a lot to make (in terms of energy). Continue Reading →
I have just done a small analysis of the scientific publication output for the 10 years from 2003-2012 inclusive where the publications had the address “Ireland” or the address “England” in them. I have used the ISI database, which is a conservative database and I have constrained my analysis to journal publications only. Continue Reading →
Behold the Red Lipped Batfish.
Batfish are not good swimmers; they use their highly-adapted pectoral fins to “walk” on the ocean floor. When the batfish reaches maturity, its dorsal fin becomes a single spine-like projection (thought to function primarily as a lure for prey). Similar to the anglerfish, the Red-Lipped Batfish has a structure on its head known as illicium. This structure is employed for attracting prey.
Here is a super story of how a basic science project has resulted in an incredibly useful patch for wound healing, delivery of bioactive healing agents or other drugs etc. This is potentially a revolutionary little device for medicine and it has come about by studying a small parasite of fish.
Yes – you heard me, this came from studying a little worm-like thing that is found in fish guts.
What’s that, you say? This didn’t come from an applied science study, but a basic, discovery science study on how a fish parasite sticks to the wall of the fish gut?
This is true. the study has just been published in Nature Communications:
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The images are here to buy: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Science-Branding/7354939
SMBE 2013 is rolling around again and I’m trying to get everything together for the meeting. I was elected as Secretary of the Society last year and took up office on January 1st. Therefore, I have a few things to do apart form simply turn up to the meeting.
I officially organise the council meeting and will be present at the general meeting of all members as well. In addition, we are about to announce the new call for proposals for SMBE satellite meetings, so it is all go go go.
More announcements next week.
Francis Crick’s Nobel Prize medal was sold yesterday for $2.27 Million, including a buyers premium, whatever that is. It seems odd to see the sale of such an object. Watson, Crick and Wilkins were awarded, arguably, the “Nobel of Nobels”. A portion of the money is going to go to Francis Crick Institute in the UK, which is estimated to have an operating budget of £100 Million. Oddly, I was just reading a part of Crick’s book yesterday: What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery
This is a video made by Percival Bevan and it is stunning – view it full-screen. It’s sort-of science, I guess.
This is a super interesting book and you can buy it here.
Brief overview of the course: This course ran in the Fondazione Ettore Majorana from March 10th to 17th, 2013.
A total of 25 students attended and were taught by 8 teachers and 2 laboratory demonstrators. The students stayed in rooms in the institute and the teachers stayed in a hotel located 2 minutes from the institute. All meals were taken together as well as all coffee breaks. The majority of the teachers were present for every day of the course. The course ran for a total of seven days and consisted of morning lectures and afternoon practical sessions. Every student spoke for 15 minutes, using seven slides about their research. The Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology (SIBE) contributed three prizes for the best student talks. Continue Reading →
The meaning of scientific terms cannot and should not remain fixed forever by the priority of the original definition. This is simply because our experience constantly outruns our terminology
- Dobzhansky, T., (1955) A Review of Some Fundamental Concepts and Problems of Population Genetics. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol 20: 1-15
In the last five years, there has been tremendous progress made in understanding the origin of the eukaryote cell.
This progress has been on a number of fronts – phylogenetic, metabolic and bioenergetic and in terms of other data that relate directly to evolution. Our latest paper in PNAS is, I feel, the latest in a line of manuscripts that have Continue Reading →
The words of Harvey Milk apparently, when he was campaigning and this is the purpose of this blog post.
So, I have launched answer.ie and it has gone so much better than I had hoped. We have had more than 500 unique visitors and more than 3,000 pages/question views served in the first three days. This is much better than I thought would happen and it augurs well for the future.