A Blog Around The Clock

Archives for June, 2009

The Clock Metaphor

Chad wrote a neat history of (or should we say ‘evolution of’) clocks, as in “timekeeping instruments”. He points out the biological clocks are “…sort of messy application, from the standpoint of physics…” and he is right – for us biologists, messier the better. We wallow in mess, cherish ambiguity and relish in complexity. Anyway,…

Today was a busy day. I was somewhat surprised at how shy people are of the little Flip camera – so much worry about the future career prospects if one does something seemingly ‘unprofessional’ like say a couple of words about one’s research for the Lindau YouTube channel and my blog. But see the two…

New and Exciting in PLoS this week

Just because I am galivanting in Lindau does not mean I could not take a look at the brand new papers published in PLoS ONE, PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases last night. A few titles caught my eye – take a look. As always, you should rate the articles, post notes…

The series of interviews with some of the participants of the 2008 Science Blogging Conference was quite popular, so I decided to do the same thing again this year, posting interviews with some of the people who attended ScienceOnline’09 back in January. Today, I asked Dr. SkySkull of the Skulls in the Stars blog, to…

A brief interview with one of the young researchers attending the Lindau Nobel conference – Corinna Reisinger from Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

This is the second in the series of posts designed to provide the basics of the field of Chronobiology. See the first part: ClockTutorial #1 – What Is Chronobiology and check out the rest of them here – they will all, over time, get moved to this blog.

Wojciech Supronowicz A brief interview with one of the young researchers attending the Lindau Nobel conference – Wojciech Supronowicz from Poland:

Mario J. Molina:

Clock Quotes

Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don’t want to set him down as a failure till he’s dead or loses his courage – and that’s the same thing. – George Lorimer

Basics: Biological Clock

Considering I’ve been writing textbook-like tutorials on chronobiology for quite a while now, trying always to write as simply and clearly as possible, and even wrote a Basic Concepts And Terms post, I am surprised that I never actually defined the term “biological clock” itself before, despite using it all the time. Since the science…