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Archives for December, 2007

No more mystery meat!

If you like ham and bacon, you might be interested in this. GenomeWeb reports that researchers at the University of Barcelona have developed an assay that tests 46 SNPs and can be used to trace the origin of your pork dinner. According to GenomeWeb, the test identifies both the breed and origin of the animal.…

Judging from their groans and moans, I think sometimes that it’s hard for kids to grow up with two scientists as parents. Still, over the years our kids have come to accept (and ignore) that we seem to babble in some kind of strange code peppered with discussions of DNA, software, and lately something called…

Do you wonder what the SciBlings drool over during the holiday season? Here are some gift ideas from Janet, Shelley, Greg, Ed, Mo, the Bleimans, and me. And you can probably guess what Steve suggests.

How do you use science outside of the lab? People say that transferring knowledge and skills from one subject to another represents one of the highest levels of learning. They also say that it hardly ever happens. Perhaps this explains some of the more astounding things that we hear from Nobel Prize winners, like when…

‘Tis the holiday season and, according to ancient lore, the time when miraculous events are most likely to take place. One of those well-known and miraculous events of ancient days was the birth of a son to a young girl, who, although she was married (Okay, I’m not sure about this part of the story)…

Usually, I wait until the end of December to take care of holiday-related shopping and shipping. This year, I’ve resolved to do better. This year, I’m hoping to ship holiday gifts before Christmas. Fortunately, my SciBlings have come up with lots of great holiday recommendations to help you share science gifts with those you like…

The grocery store magazine covers all say that home made gifts are big this year. So I thought, some of you might like to channel your inner Martha Stewart and make gifts with a science theme. I’m here to help to you make a merry mug with one of our favorite molecules. Yep, we’re talking…