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I just can’t get enough of arachnids these days! Maybe I am unwittingly engaged in exposure therapy for my phobia. This parody gives a nod to Peter Witt’s research on spiders’ web weaving abilities while under the influence. For a legit example, see A. Christiansen et. al (1962), “Changes in spider webs brought about by…

I see that ol’ amino acid chestnut, Mr. W, who also goes by the moniker of tryptophan, is making the “science of Thanksgiving” rounds here at SB. Over at Chaotic Utopia, Karmen offers a very nice piece on the science of concocting an exquisite gravy. But what good is a gravy worthy of peer review,…

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…

“Most of the time, I work in a little glass jar and lead a very uneventful life. I drive a Volvo, a beige one. But what I’m dealing with here is one of the most deadly substances the earth has ever known, so what say you cut me some FRIGGIN’ SLACK?”

What a day! Between the scintillating launch of the new blogs (really, I am all aquiver) and doing my best to be irksome in my actual day job, I am more than ready to knock back a dry vodka (Grey Goose, preferably) martini at my favored watering hole in Einsteinville. Part of my job is…