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Archives for September, 2008

Dave, Maria, Grrl, and I will all be at Ozzie’s in Lower Queen Anne on Saturday afternoon. I’ve never met the other three bloggers but after checking out Maria’s wedding pictures and the liquid nitrogen, I’m really looking forward to this. We’ll be upstairs in the mezzanine and we’ll have a ScienceBlogs poster. Relevant details:…

Do mosquitoes get the mumps? Part V. A general method for finding interesting things in GenBank This is the last in a five part series on an unexpected discovery of a paramyxovirus in mosquitoes and a general method for finding other interesting things. In this last part, I discuss a general method for finding novel…

Would you like to win a cash prize and maybe an expense paid trip to New York City? If you’re in grades 7-12 and like research, you might be interested in the 2009 Young Naturalist contest from the American Museum of Natural History. Winners (2 from each grade) will receive cash awards, from $500 to…

If you like cool and unusual photos be sure to take a look at the 2008 Nikon Small World competition site. You can view lots of lovely pictures of things found under a microscope and vote for your favorite ones. You don’t even have to focus the microscope! One of my favorites is the tubeworm…

Part IV. Assembling the details and making the case for a novel paramyxovirus This is the fourth in a five part series on an unexpected discovery of a paramyxovirus in a mosquito. In this part, we take a look at all the evidence we can find and try to figure out how a gene from…

Every fall, we had to confront it. People would let their dogs run around on the field in the morning and by the time soccer practice started, the field would be full of deadly doo. There’s nothing that hurts soccer practice more than a soccer ball or shoes that went through a pile of dog…

Part III. Serendipity strikes when we Blink In which we find an unexpected result when we Blink while looking at the mumps polymerase. This is the third in a five part series on an unexpected discovery of a paramyxovirus in mosquitoes. And yes, this is where the discovery happens. I. The back story from the…

The National Girls Collaborative Project, as you might guess from the title, focuses on helping girls and engaging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (aka “STEM”). photos used with permission from NGCP

Part II. What do mumps proteins do? And how do we find out? This is the second in a five part series on an unexpected discovery of a paramyxovirus in mosquitoes, and a general method for finding interesting things. I. The back story from the genome record II. What do the mumps proteins do? And…

Wow! One of my commenters, Ms. Baker, suggested an entirely new way that scientists can help with science education. The only requirement is that a science class have their own blog. So, if your science class has a blog, let me know, so I can share the URL and maybe recruit some scientists or at…