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Microbiology in 2012

Last Sunday I was on a panel at the American Society for Microbiology meetings.  I’ll post a slidecast of the talk in a few days, and get into the topic of the panel in more detail then.   Since I was presenting, I got a free pass to the rest of the conference, which was…

Marie-Claire Shanahan teaches science education at the University of Alberta, and blogs about her own research and about the state of science education (and science education training: science education education if you will). Her latest post summarizes her findings from reviewing science teaching guides going back over a century: Educators, critics, and scientists often argue for…

Eri Gentry on Biopunks

My fascination with biopunks and DIYbio is well-established, and Eri Gentry is a hero in that world. Her talk about DIYbio at the recent Open Source Conference is a fascinating look not just at the potential for DIYbio and the motivations of biopunks, but a nice look at the ways people get pushed away from…

Japan is awesome

What other culture has invented a dish in which a squid is reanimated and dances as you pour soy sauce over it?

Biopunks and cultural change

Razib Khan has a good response to my post yesterday about biopunks, including this: I obviously support this movement and its intents (I’ve met a few of the people who are prominent in it). But we need to keep perspective here. This will probably be analogous to the free or open source software movement; the…

On DNA Day, 23 and Me had a sale on their personal genomics service. They’d do their standard scan of your genome for free, as long as you paid for a year’s worth of their online subscription service. A much smaller version of that same genome survey would have cost you a thousand dollars or…

It’s a running joke that any time some horrible person is in the news, Discovery Institute fellow David Klinghoffer is sure to pen a piece trying to link that person to the nefarious ways of evolution-defenders. He’s written such pieces about Hitler, the Columbine killers, the Holocaust museum shooter, and many other modern monsters. Today’s…

The vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an inch. So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite ‘em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Jonathan Swift, “On Poetry: A Rhapsody” There’s so much to love about this story from Nature News. While…

Want

Via Laughing Squid, we learn that students at the UK’s Strode College were tasked with building outfits from cardboard packaging, and one created this whimsical number. If they’d just incorporate the technology from these prosthetic tentacles, this would be the greatest thing ever.

For some perspective on yesterday’s story about MRSA and other bugs found on BART train seats, let’s turn to Good Magazine, which interviews microbiologist Pat Fidopiastis about a separate study, funded by Clorox, which found bacteria on shopping cart handles. Fidopiastis writes: none of this means much unless you can show me a significant risk…