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Archives for April, 2006

Still Alive, Not Blogging Enough

I tend to blog in spurts. When I have nothing interesting to say (or lack the motivation to put together one of the ‘BIG POSTS’ I have waiting in the queue) I don’t try to fill my blog with, well, filler posts. That’s just the way I am. Inspiration tends to come in one big…

Blame Canada

I’m sure most of my readers are familiar with the Canadian funding agency that rejected Brian Alters proposal to study the effects of intelligent design on the teaching of evolution. I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said already, but I will point you to EvolDir which has posted the summary of the…

Double Entendre Friday – 07 April 2006

This week’s evolgen Double Entendre Friday is brief. It’s also not my own idea, and I can’t seem to remember where I stole it from (if I stole it from you, drop a note in the comments). Sorry. Here it is: Two glutamines bump into each other waiting to aminoacylate a tRNA. One says to…

Less Respect than Rodney Dangerfield

Andre at BioCurious has checked out the authorship of the Tiktaalik papers and concluded that the grad students got jobbed, PhD comics style: Another thing I noticed is that only the supervisors are listed as authors on the two papers they published. I know there were many grad students also involved in the project because…

I attended a seminar in the Math Department today. The topic was assembling genomes. Even though this is a computationally rigorous field, the speaker glazed over all the mathematically interesting details. Maybe he thought the mathematicians in the audience would be bored by the math. Because he was sponsored by the Math Department, however, he…

Junkity Junk McJunkerson

I previously alluded to Junk Non-coding DNA evolving into a gene in my last post on junk DNA. Here is another example of this phenomenon: Scientists at the University of Illinois have discovered an antifreeze-protein gene in cod that has evolved from non-coding or ‘junk’ DNA. … “This appears to be a new mechanism for…

Write an Essay, Win Some Cash

Seed is sponsoring their first ever writing contest. The topic: Amidst emerging competitive threats from abroad (China and India in particular) and heated debates over intelligent design, stem cells and climate change: What is the future of science in America? What should the US do to preserve and build upon its role as a leader…

Iran Also Has Molecular Markers

It looks like the United States is not the only nation sending molecular markers into orbit. From the New York Times: The spacecraft is small by world standards — a microsatellite of a few hundred pounds. Launched in October by the Russians for an oil-rich client, it orbits the earth once every 99 minutes and…

UCLA Wins the National Championship

Following my Sweet 16 optimism, my bracket was blown to shit. I am currently sitting in fourth place in the ScienceBlogs pool, but I last earned points when UCLA made it to the Final Four. Teutonic Thunder (whomever that may be) has won the pool regardless of who wins tonight (we think). He or she…

Looking for a Newsreader

I read blogs and news via their site feeds using Bloglines (a web based newsreader). This has gone without a hitch for the year or so I’ve been using the service, but I have been thinking of switching to program that actually runs on my computer. Today, Bloglines stopped updating my feeds, inspiring me to…