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Archives for September, 2006

The Ask a Science Blogger question of the week asks if organic foods are really worth the hype. I’m afraid my answer can’t fit into one blog post. Let me start by telling you about my garden. This year my garden has been a home to local wildlife, but during the years that I do…

I want my plant TV!

A long time ago, I saw a Star Trek episode where the crew encountered aliens who lived at a different frequency. I may have this backwards, but I think the aliens moved so quickly that no one knew they were there. And until problems struck, our heroes were happily oblivious to the existence of the…

TV for teachers

“And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. ” – BoB Dylan Tired of Simpson reruns and the exploits of Friends? [From the WSTA] NOVA is broadcasting an entire series of shows on hurricanes, Katrina, and what the experts predicted would…

Why do I love Cn3D? Let me count the ways. What does Cn3D do? (Hint: say “Cn3D” out loud). Seriously, Cn3D is a program that draws lovely pictures of molecular structures by using experimental data from techniques like X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Surprisingly (to some), and in contrast to many bioinformatics programs,…

No biology course is complete these days without learning how to do a BLAST search. Herein, I describe an assignment and an animated tutorial that teachers can readily adopt and use, and give teachers a hint for obtaining the password-protected answer key. Development of the tutorial and the activity were supported by funding from the…

How can you win a nerd contest if you don’t dress the part? Last year, I started a shop at CafePress to help distribute lab materials and fund my adventures in science education. Part of the fun has been making molecular merchandise to help show everyone that molecular models are beautiful, in their own special…

Do you ever imagine the presidential advisors doing the Basil Fawlty silly walk, looking crazed and confused, and quoting John Cleese whenever there’s been a bad day in the Middle East? I do. And this mental picture makes me think the title of Chris Mooney‘s book (The Republican War on Science) will surely keep it…

Ole and Lena’s hot dish on a stick probably is explosive if you like to ride on a tilt-a-whirl afterwards. But what do you do if you’re far from St. Paul? Never fear. There is more to life than hot dish.

or, better yet, enjoy the fine selection of summer carnivals.

If we compare sections 1, 2, and 3, we see that section 2 matches very well in a number of different samples, and that there are differences between the sequences in sections 1 and 3. We also learn something about the people who did the experiment.