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Archives for September, 2007

For the record: Chlamydia is NOT a virus. I am bummed. I like the little MicrobeWorld radio broadcasts, and the video podcasts are even more fun. But I was perusing the archives and I found this:

Biology as a second-language: the immersion method Language teachers say the best way to learn a language is by total immersion and even better, spending time in the country where it’s spoken conversing with native speakers. See it, hear it, speak it, use it! Put yourself in a position where you must do these four…

The-Scientist recently posted a short piece on science-related blogs and interviewed seven different science bloggers to find out which blogs they recommend. One puzzling feature about the piece is that all the bloggers they interviewed were male. Pretty harmless, right?

But I’m certain that you will find some interesting things.

At least this is what I imagine it’s like to live with someone who has bipolar disorder. Tonight – Sept. 19th, between 7-8 pm EDT, there will a “blogger’s conference with the experts,” discussing this very thing. The transcript will be posted and you can learn more about the event here.

Can you tell the difference between the sort of person who would write a programming language and a serial killer?

A reader from the UK sent me these lovely photos that he took of a jellyfish and asked for my help in identifying it. Unfortunately, while I’m pretty good with bacteria, plants, and tropical fish, my taxonomy skills don’t go much farther unless I have a sample of DNA. These photos were taken at La-Manga…

Two protein structures from an avian influenza virus are shown below. One form of the protein makes influenza virus resistant to Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) Don’t worry, these proteins aren’t from H5N1, but they do come from a related influenza virus that also infects birds. technorati tags: molecular models, protein structures, influenza, bioinformatics, Cn3D

One of the places that I’ve always wanted to visit in Portland, OR, is Powell’s City of Books. Powell’s is the kind of bookstore that people in Seattle discuss in the same reverent tones that they use when they’re describing Cody’s in Berkeley or City Light in San Francisco. It’s not just a bookstore. It’s…

If you haven’t, then hustle over to Mendel’s Garden for a wonderful story about the monk and his life as a scientist, check out Gene Genie for best drawing of Craig Venter that I’ve ever seen; and if you’re into computers, take a good long look at the lightning edition of Bio::blogs. I’ve visited them…