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Archives for July, 2006

Yes, things are on the move (since we last checked) in California. Get more info here. (Yes I’m a month behind – but someone just told me about it …) Nope, they filed 7/25/2006.

… or how the human brain is wired. Beware we’ll be hearing from David Brooks, Frank Rich, William Gibson (Thomas Kuhn), and a preview of a Noam Chomsky and Robert Trivers discussion. So I’m reading David Brooks in today’s NYTimes, and it’s the same old thing … he’s trapped in a different universe it seems.…

Sunday Morning Video

Yes I’ve been doing some hardcore science blogging. But apparently my blog is not just about science, but art, food, music, citylife and other mental stimuli. And so enjoy. PS I just got the album – it’s getting better with every listen.

Thursday marked the 350th anniversary of Spinoza’s excommunication. Here are some exerpts from a great OpEd by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in today’s NYTimes: The exact reasons for the excommunication of the 23-year-old Spinoza remain murky, but the reasons he came to be vilified throughout all of Europe are not. Spinoza argued that no group or…

Yes this is the surprising result interpretation of Jonathan Weissman’s paper in Science. For non cell biologists, click here first, to get some background on the unfolded protein response (UPR) and ER associated degradation (ERAD). And to learn about some recent developments on ERAD, click here. OK on to the HARDCORE cell biology … Remember…

Funding Inequity

In the August issue of The Scientist, there is an article entitle “The Inequity of Science” (Not online yet). It describes how the top academic institutions are getting more and more of the total NIH funding. Between 1994 and 2004, in the rankings of universities and colleges according tototal R&D expenditures in biological sciences, the…

Map That Campus VIII

I suppose it’s that time of the week. Without further delay I present today’s mystery campus: Click here for a larger version. And the hint: Little Droplet of Lard How to get in? It’ll take a tag-team effort! Know what any of this means? Or the identity of the mystery campus? Well then leave a…

Science Idol – 4 Days Left

From the pipeline: Time is running out to enter Science Idol: The Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest-the deadline is Monday, July 31! We’ve received some spectacular entries so far-from artists in their teens to those in their nineties-but you still have a few days left. This is your last chance to show off your artistic…

ERAD in 3 different ways

Well I was going to write about J. Weissman’s new paper, but Pedro (from our lab) published his work TODAY (I knew it was coming out soon …) His paper and YET ANOTHER paper from the Weissman group made the cover of the latest issue of Cell: They deal with the nitty-gritty of ERAD (to…

Need to analyze your DNA, protein or Gene (or do a one of a gadzillion other bioinformatic operations?) Well fortunately you live in the internet age. But where to start? From the Nucleic Acids Research Journal: A compilation of molecular biology web servers: 2006 update on the Bioinformatics Links Directory. And the main database: http://bioinformatics.ubc.ca/resources/links_directory/narweb2006/…