Oscillator

Moving

Oscillator is moving to the brand new Scientific American network! I’m excited for this new opportunity and sad to be leaving my old home here. I want to give many special thanks to SEED people past and present for their help and support, in particular Nikki, Erin, Greg, Evan, and Wes. And of course I…

SB 5.0

I’m making my way up to SB 5.0 for what promises to be a great conference. If you’re going too, come say hi and smell some cheeses during the poster session!

I got a long email from one of the authors of the skull measuring study and I want to make some clarifications to my previous post. It seems that I was not as clear and thorough as I could have been in my argument. First, my sincere apologies to all physical anthropologists and other researchers…

Missing the Point

It’s not every day that you read about measuring skulls in the contemporary scientific literature. It’s kind of a quaintly old-timey, quaintly racist kind of thing to do. But here we are, with a brand new paper about skull measuring in PLoS Biology. Already quite a few blog-words have been written in support of this…

Last month I wrote about my friend Devin Burrill’s paper about synthetic memory in yeast cells. There were a lot of really interesting questions left in the comments, and I asked Devin if she would write a guest post to answer them. She agreed and here it is, answers to your questions straight from the…

Facts in Context

It’s been an exciting week for me. On Monday I successfully defended my thesis! Now that I have established my scientific credibility to you all, here is a picture of me at my defense party wearing my “Trust me I’m a Dr” Dr. Pepper t-shirt and hitting my SpongeBob SquarePants piƱata. And on Tuesday I…

Bio:Fiction

Two videos that Patrick Boyle and I made were selected for the Bio:Fiction Film Festival! One of the prizes is an online audience award, and you can watch and rate all of the films! It’s such an honor to be part of this festival and to be showing our work next to that of so…

Future Vision

Beautiful video imagining the future of augmented, prosthetic sight, by Superflux for the Human+ exhibition: Song of the Machine from Superflux on Vimeo. You can read more about the science behind retinal prosthetics in a great article in the Guardian by one of the project collaborators, Dr. Patrick Degenaar.

Symbiosis is everywhere. From the Greek for “living with,” symbiosis is simply a close association between two different species in nature. These relationships can be mutualistic, parasitic, or somewhere in between. Bacterial symbionts live inside bodies, like the bacteria that help us and other animals digest our food, and they live inside cells, like the…

Synthetic Biology Slam

Before you get your tickets for SB 5.0 make sure that you’ll be in town for the world’s first Synthetic Biology Slam!