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Biology (Macroscopic )

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Molecules of sucrose tore apart in their bellies letting glucose course free in their veins. Luckily for us, a system evolved long ago to capture that glucose and minimize it’s potential for damage. Removing sugar from the blood and sequestering it in liver, fat, and muscle cells, minimizes the harm that might result if sugars were free to…

This month’s cover of The Scientist has a mistake that makes me cringe. Can you spot what’s wrong? And they call themselves “The Scientist” humph!

We always enjoy home science experiments and it was fun the other night to learn about a new experiment we could try with our teenage daughter and an iPhone. As it turned out, the joke was on us.

“Digital biology,” as I use the phrase, refers to the idea of using digital information for doing biology. This digital information comes from multiple sources such as DNA sequences, protein sequences, DNA hybridization, molecular structures, analytical chemistry, biomarkers, images, GIS, and more. We obtain this information either from experiments or from a wide variety of…

A Thanksgiving mash-up

I suppose I should have expected this. I thought it might be fun to see what the databases had to say about turkeys. Technorati Tags: Thanksgiving,, turkey,, mash-up

A loose spider on a space station. Technorati Tags: humor, ‘snakes, on, a, plane’, spider, spiders, ‘space, station’

Yes, that’s right, another Medicine 2.0 blog carnival has been posted for your enjoyment. And the host, Ivor Kovic, has done an amazingly creative and interesting thing with images from all the past hosting places…, and well, you just need to go see it yourself.

I used to get e-mails from relatives that were filled with cute pictures of kittens and puppies. It’s luck they didn’t know about this site: http://www.zooborns.com/ These are the some of the absolutely cutest baby pictures I have ever seen! I hear Raffi songs in my head when I look at these (can you sing…

The Galápagos islands rank high on my list of places that I really, really, really want to visit. But for many reasons, it’s always looked like a trip to the Galápagos would be at least a decade or two away. Now, I’ll be able to go in January and so will all of you.

Then you need to head over to The Oyster’s Garter and read Miriam Goldstein’s incredibly funny post about the problems of male sea squirts. Apparently, if you’re a sea squirt, the size of your sperm is related to your environment and mostly the number of other sea squirts in your environment. Usually, I’m not attuned…