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This is the fourth year that I update this list of potential winners. A warning, the list is highly biased towards basic biomedical research. In addition, some of the prizes may be more appropriate for the Chemistry prize.

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Hello everyone, It’s been quite a while since I’ve even looked at my blog. Much has happened since I last posted. I said goodbye to all my friends in Boston, moved back to my native country, started up a lab, hired my first employee, gone to a few scientific conferences, assigned projects to eager undergrads,…

I’ve been really busy of late. Over the summer I have been mentoring two students, Gloria who sadly left us for Danesh Moazed’s lab (a great choice if you ask me) and Lesley who will be leaving next week to work in a lab at Duke. I have also been busy with the RNA Data…

Large Hadron Collider Videos

Well this year will be known as the year that the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN was turned on. Will we find the Higgs Boson? Will we finally have data that supports Supersymmetry? For now enjoy these videos on the ATLAS detector: ATLAS, A New Hope ATLAS, The Particle Strikes Back (Part I) ATLAS,…

6 years ago today, a Tuesday in fact, we woke up in our Washington Heights apartment. I walked to the kitchen and started to wash the dirty dishes left from the previous night’s dinner. Manhattan is shaped like a wedge and we were way uptown. Our apartment was situated on a clif that overlooked the…

OK, lots of people claim that they understand what it is like to be in science and why so few Americans are in science. What is interesting is that all those that turned down a career in science (see the comments after this post) point out the reason why – lack of job security. But…

ENCODE

I finally read the huge Nature paper that everyone has been talking about, the ENCODE project, or the encyclopedia of DNA Elements. ENCODE is a large scale concerted effort whose goal is to understand how the genome is used, maintained and conserved. In other words, what parts of the genome get translated transcribed into RNA,…

CCP asks What is the phylogenetic distribution of centrioles? Does it match that of cilia / flagella? Just to summarize what all these cellular structures are, centrioles are distinct structures found in most eukaryotic cells. They are composed of nine microtubule triplets and two of these centrioles come together to form a centrosome, a structure…

So apparently I’m a month late on this item. *** CORRECTION *** Keepon was developed by Dr. Kozima and Dr. Nakagawa at NICT in Japan (see comments). Marek Michalowski, a robotics student at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed the rhythm recognition, hence his thesis: the use of rhythm in human-robot social interaction. Michalowski did not…

Here’s a link to the video.