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Archives for November, 2006

Friday Flower Porn: Carnivale!

Strap a thong bikini on this baby, cue the sultry bossa nova stylin’s of “The Girl from Ipanema,” then sit back and sip your caipirinhas. Canna lilies are a familiar cultivar in many gardens, and add a tropical flair in temperate climates. They belong to the family Cannaceae and are its sole genus. Cannas, which…

Well, actually he’s a physicist, but that’s the slogan of a popular bumper sticker here in the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey. Rush Holt, the Democratic incumbent, won handily in yesterday’s election. I squirmed when voting for the Democratic senatorial candidate, Bob Menendez, who carries a whiff of the notorious Jersey political machine, but…

OK, this is less than subtle. This is some sort of Anthurium, and also resides in the Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden. The spadix is characteristic of the family Araceae (arums).

Continued from Look, I’m just a biochemist, part 1*… Recently, I had lunch with a colleague who is concerned about how he is perceived in discovery research. The guy is a sr. scientist in DOPI’s leads discovery department which assays something in the order of a gazillion compounds in screening “campaigns.” He and his group…