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An interesting offer from ASPEX

I had my doubts about this; I got an offer from ASPEX corporation to let people get free scanning electron micrographs of just about anything. They make a desktop SEM, and all you have to do is fill out a form and mail it in with your sample of a dead bug or a microchip…

She sounds like a nice person: a zoology student (I was one of those, once! Zoology departments are disappearing everywhere, though), with the hobby of making cuddly, squishy plush beasties of all sorts, especially of lots of invertebrates. I think it’s time that the teddy bear hegemony in the world of children’s toys be broken…

One reassuring bit of news about Obama…

…he uses a Mac laptop. We have something in common! One curious fact at that link: Clinton sent a grand total of 2 emails while in the White House – which was two more than Bush. These people live in a strange and different world than mine.

How can I respond to a story about zebrafish, development, and new imaging and visualization techniques? Total incoherent nerdgasm is how. Keller et al. are using a technique called digital scanned laser light sheet fluorescence microscopy (DSLM) to do fast, high-resolution, 3-D scans through developing embryos over time; using a GFP-histone fusion protein marker, they…

Honey, where’s my Super-Suit?

The new Speedo LZR Racer suit, that is. Designed with all the power of science and technology behind it, the LZR Racer is being credited with imparting enhanced, record-breaking athletic performances to its wearers. . It was designed using the same technology applied to reducing drag on the Space Shuttle, with the goal of diminishing…

Droolworthy

Ahhh…in case you hadn’t heard, Apple came out with an new machine yesterday, the MacBook Air. I want. It’s one of those superslim portables, with the usual Apple elegance — this would be a perfect travel machine. Except for the price: a bit less than $2K for the low end model, over $3K for the…

Cephalart

Can you bear the beauty? It’s another week’s worth of random cephalopod imagery.

Go, squid, go!

We can learn from nature: Inspired by the sleek and efficient propulsion of squid, jellyfish and other cephalopods, a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher has designed a new generation of compact vortex generators that could make it easier for scientists to maneuver and dock underwater vehicles at low speeds and with greater precision. In…

I guess I chose wisely

Foreign Dispatches posts some digital camera recommendations, with explanations. I just went through a fair amount of research before going out and getting a new camera myself a few weeks ago, and it’s all good—most importantly, his best choice is the same camera I got for myself, the Nikon D50. Whew, what a relief. Don’t…

Boot camp

My eye is on a lovely little MacBook Pro for myself someday, but I have to say the news about Boot Camp, which allows the Mac to boot into Windows, wasn’t at all interesting to me. Now John Gruber explains why it’s good news. I doubt that I’ll ever use it, though. Why would anyone…