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Archives for July, 2006

No More Napa Valley Wines?

This week’s Ask A Science Blogger deals with global warming and wine production: I heard that within 15 years, global warming will have made Napa County too hot to grow good wine grapes. Is that true? What other changes are we going to see during our lifetimes because of global warming?… I am not a…

A few weeks ago I introduced y’all to Genoinformatics, the hot new abbreviation for Genome Informatics (some sort of derivative of Bioinformatics). I pointed out that I have quite a few international collaborators in this research area, including people in Italy (Geno Informatico), Germany (Jan Informatik) and Mexico (Juan Informatica). I’m hoping that one of…

Neutral Markers and Conservation Genetics

I have mentioned before that at one point in my life I wanted to study conservation genetics. This field can be thought of a subdiscipline of molecular ecology — wherein researchers use molecular markers to test hypotheses regarding demography in their population of interest. Jacob at Salamander Candy has a post on the usefulness of…

More Critter Pictures

I’m in the process of exhuming myself from under a mountain of work, that’s why the posting’s been ultra-light. My last link to cool pictures of bugs went over well, so I’m giving you a few more pictures. These come from a friend’s website — be sure to check out the bee and its hitchhiker.

Honey, I Blew Up the Bugs

Check out these pictures of tiny little critters up close. Wow! Thanks to Neil for pointing this out.

Jesus’s Cheerleader

Have you ever wondered what’s happened to the line between church and state? Are you curious as to whether the line has been blurred or erased altogether? Clay at DeadlyHippos investigates the issue by visiting a megachurch in Tennessee. The church is run by Maury Davis, a man convicted of first degree murder who subsequently…

Welcome to the Blogiversity

I just realized that the (relatively) recent ScienceBlogs addition Dynamics of Cats is authored by a faculty member from my university. It only took me two months after he came on board to notice Steinn Sigurðsson’s academic affiliation. The two of us, along with Monsieur Bérubé, are representing the school quite well. Additionally, my alma…

I Write, Nicholas Wade Listens

Or maybe his copy editor reads this blog. Either way, there are changes afoot at the NY Times. Three days ago I ragged on NY Times science reporter Nicholas Wade for using the word ‘decode’ when describing genome sequencing. In his latest article he has improved. Last time he wrote about cheap whole genome sequencing;…

El Jardín de Mendel Numero 3

The third edition of Mendel’s Garden — the genetics blog carnival — has been posted at Viva la Evolucion. Nothing like a blog with a Spanish language flavor hosted by an Irish website. Check out los artículos de genética.

A Scientist in Time

If you could have practiced science in any time and any place throughout history, which would it be, and why? That’s what they are asking us this week. And, once again, I’m going to skirt the question. You see, it depends on whether the future counts as a “place throughout history.” Currently, the future is…