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Archives for March, 2008

OK there’s been a whole story here at Scienceblogs that has been developing over the past two years. It started when PZ, Richard Dawkins and other prominent anti-ID critics were interviewed under false pretenses for a movie, first entitled Crossroads: The Intersection of Science and Religion then renamed Expelled. And did I mention that the…

Say hello to Juniorprof

If I were you, I would add Juniorprof to your blogroll. (I think it’s time that I clean up my blogroll as well …)

Tid Bits

This will be short – I’m performing a big protein purification prep today. Visualizing a single ribosome translating amino acids, one at a time at Biocurious (Nature Article here). Two posts on that Lin-28 paper in Bayblab and The Skeptical Alchemist. Just to remind you, Lin-28, a factor that was part of the four gene…

Iraqis on the Iraq War

We realy screwed up in so many ways. We created a mess. We lost any shred of credibility we ever had, we created terrorists, and even if we went into Iraq for the oil, we are so inept that we can’t even get that job done properly. Yes we are too incompetent to even be…

[HT: Hsien-Hsien]

George Daley dicussed the results of that incredible Lin-28 paper on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Click here to listen.

Here’s a micrograph that I snapped way back in December 2004. This is a picture of a mouse fibroblasts, a cell type found in connective tissue. The chocolate chip like circles are cells’ nuclei where DNA is stored. The chips in each cookie, are nucleoli where ribosomes are manufactured. I took this micrograph in the…

Science and the Public

There have been some interesting posts about the relationship between scientists and the public. Here’s a little snap shot: Jake at Pure Pedantry advocates that scientists should refrain from making subjective assessments of the general population’s lifestyle based on their scientific findings. Scientists should stick to the facts and descriptions of the natural world. Larry…

Last past week was incredible. A slew of very important papers stemming from basic science and having deep impacts on cancer and stem cells came out in Nature and Science. Both stories came from labs here at Harvard Medical School, and everyone’s been talking about both papers. The first story is complicated – but I…