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Archives for April, 2006

The Fall of Advanced Civilizations

(I’m still on my little trip – but I’ll be back soon. Here’s what I wrote when I came back from Spain last summer) Is this entry about the eventual fall of the west? Perhaps not directly. Although wedding plans loom large, the people and places from our last trip to Iberia keep coming back…

The Control of Nature

(here is a nice post from my old blog back in early December ’05 – one of the least scientific ones you’ll get from me) While my column is washing, and my brain is fried, I should finally write this entry … A while back, right around the time of Katrina, I read a spectacular…

Ernst Mayr Quote

(two entries from my old blog) I’ve been reading Ernst Mayr’s This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World. In it there is this great quote: It is often asked why we do science? Or, what is science good for? … The insatiable curiosity of human beings, and the desire for a better understanding…

(from my old blog) Every subject has its lingo and its share of strange terms. Add abbreviations and acronyms, and certain areas of expertise can be almost incomprehensible. Then there is Biology. Life has a diversification machine, evolution. Thus those who study life (i.e. Biologists) have lots of proteins and genes to name and to…

Artichokes & that sweet taste

(This entry was from 12/22/05 thus the Xmas reference) Well here I am in rainy Seattle visiting the inlaws. Last night we prepared artichokes for dinner. Naturally the conversation turned to how the consumption of artichoke has a curious effect on the sense of taste: everything tastes sweet even water. If you’ve never experienced this…

What’s your h-index?

(Just to remind you all – I’m away on holiday and I’ve pre-scheduled the publication of several posts from my old blog at blogspot. This next entry was one that I got a lot of ‘tsks, tsks” for – it was intrended tio be a tad toungue & cheek. Incidentally the values of the various…

Immunofluorescence

(from my old blog) OK here’s a post geared mostly to cell biologists. My big pet peeve about reading the scientific literature is … colored fluorescent images. Why do people insist on pseudo-coloring their images? I know that you want pretty pictures and as every kid knows the more colorful the picture the more adoration…

(from my old blog) OK this week I’ve been obsessed with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). This organelle is comprised of a continuous network of membranous tubes (and sheets) that extends to the cell periphery. In addition ER sheets also envelopes the nucleus – forming a bilayered nuclear envelope with an outer nuclear membrane and inner…

Differentiation within organelles

Non-cell biologists have often viewed the cell as a bag of molecules. Over the years as cell-biology has developed, it became clear that this was a simplistic generalization. Cells are organized by a dynamic cytoskeletal network that can organize the cellular architecture. Cells are also subdivided into membrane bound organelles. The deeper we look into…

Science in Action

(from my old blog) Portuguese (tissue) culture: Looks like she’s mouth pipetting, or drinking (we’re not sure) some yummy tissue culture media. I hope that this newspaper clipping won’t spark riots.