Archives for June, 2010

Should Scientists Blog?

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] Considering the forum, you can probably guess my answer, but it seems the editors at Nature agree… sort of: Institutions need to recognize and to encourage such outreach explicitly — not just as a matter of routine, but specifically highlighting and promoting it at times of relevant public…

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] The intestine is probably the most difficult organ for the immune system to deal with. First of all, it’s huge (the surface area of the small intestine alone is about the same as a tennis court). Second, it’s filled with microbes that the immune system would rather not…

Baby’s First Bacteria (repost)

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com on] As I’ve noted before, our bodies are riddled with microbes – there are more of them than there are of us (if you go by shear number). But where do they come from? Each individual has a complex ecosystem of commensal (harmless) microbes that live on our…

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] A recent paper published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (I have no idea what the B means, but maybe one of you can clarify with a comment) draws an enticing connection between whale excrement and climate change.  Because this study involved whale poop, it…

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] Although I studied physics and chemistry in college, I have always held an inherent appreciation for how life works. And now, researching microbes in action, I am continually amazed by their diverse habitats and metabolisms. It is remarkable to think how despite the diminutive size of microbes, they…