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Archives for August, 2006

Another Immigration Horror Story

A couple of days ago I wrote a rant about how painful it was to deal with the Massachusetts and the federal government. In contrast, civil servants in the Quebec and Canadian governments have often gone out of their way to help me out … and boy did I ever need their help (maybe someday…

Daniel Dennett on NPR

I have mixed feelings about Dennett. I really liked his book, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, but in public appearances he tends to give off a patronizing air. But earlier today I heard him on WBUR (NPR in Boston) and he did an excellent job of explainning why we, the science community, must begin to study the…

“The Root of All Evil” Parl II

A couple of comments. I totally agree with Richard Dawkins, but I feel that in many instances he confronts the interviewee too abrasively, in an unproductive way. On the other hand I enjoyed Ian McEwan’s two minutes and Dawkins’ monologue at the end. All this battle of Science and Religion … it’s a mask, a…

Well I was reading BK’s excellent blog Life of a Lab Rat (an opinion piece from the Guardian “Only biology is safe and, as everybody knows, biology is science for girls.” WTF?) When I came upon a link to this great entry on x-ray crystallography (here is some background on what the hell x-ray crystallography…

(This is an intro to a n upcoming entry.) When I was an undergrad, working in a lab at McGill, my then boss Morag Park would joke that Phosphoinositides were at the center of the universe. What did she mean by that? Well inositol metabolism seemed to be involved in everything, including oncogenesis and cell…

Yesterday’s video clip was taken from “The Root of all Evil”. So without further ado, here’s the whole show (I’ll post part II tomorrow). [HT: Simon]

Video of Dawkins on Teapot Atheism

(via Migrations)

This is the newest from the Blobel lab. Note to all “they’ve discovered everything” types: this finding shows how much we know about how cells operate. Background: As I’ve described before the nucleus and the cytoplasm are two cellular compartments that are kept apart by the Nuclear Pore Complex (NPC). This mega-assembly of proteins is…

OK I live 30min away from the Longwood Medical Center by foot. Most days I walk to and from work but on rainy/blizzard days I take the M2 Shuttle, a free service provided by Harvard to ship people between the Medical Campus here at Longwood and the Main Campus in Cambridge. It’s dependable and well…

Map That Campus XII

This week it’s an easy one. Click here for a blowup. Hint: The debate stems from work done here. What the hell am I talking about? You tell me. (P.S. Ignore the arrow.)