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Not going to report, since the facts will probably change before I hit publish, but these links should remain useful: Google people finder¬†– for folks that can’t get in touch with friends/relatives Boston Globe-run form for people looking for or offering places in the city Lots of folks offering help on twitter via #BostonHelp Mayor’s…

Friday Link Dump

Science – There’s a new flu strain running around in China. As is often the case, Maryn McKenna over at Wired has the most important piece to read. – Allie Wilkinson’s piece in Ars Technica about a climate change’s irreversibility, but not inevitability… it’s a weird distinction, but it makes sense. – Another good post…

Test post infinity

I’ll just leave this post up and edit it as needed when I need to check the features… don’t mind me.   Picture:

The latest issue of the Science in the News “Flash” is out now about the connections between atopic disorders – namely allergies, asthma and eczema. Itchy, watery eyes, and a drippy nose. Constricted, swollen airways secreting thick mucus. Itchy, red, dry, cracked skin. These symptoms describe three conditions — allergies, asthma, and eczema, respectively —…

subunits of DNA found in meteors

Dear Readers, I have been more absent than usual from this blog, which is something I regret. However, the time constraints of preparing for my upcoming qualifying exam necessitate this. I decided to break my strict “no distractions” policy to bring you this bit of info that was emailed to me by a lab mate.…

I’ve refrained from commenting on #elevatorgate snafu, mostly because I feel like I can’t add anything original and neither side is making any sense any more. Or at least, the extremests on both sides are drowning out the people who are making sense. For my part, it seems to me like everyone did some things…

As many of you are no doubt aware, both mitochondria and chloroplasts are thought to have come to us via microbial endosymbiosis (that is one cell living within another) with prokaryokes. Some photosynthetic bacteria eons ago found itself nestled inside another cell, realized it was a pretty sweet place to call home, and viola –…

Why I Love Science by the Pint

… because I love science and I love beer, obviously. I had a great time moderating Science by The Pint last night! It is always awesome to be reminded how enthusiastic non-scientists often are about science. I find events like this incredibly refreshing when I have been stuck in a science rut or simply less…

Science by the Pint – Tonight

Those of you living in Bosto-Camber-ville* might be interested in attending tonight’s Science by the Pint. Our featured speaker is Alex Bradley – the author of the guest post critiquing the Arsenic paper a while back. Come to Tavern in the Square – Porter Square tonight, March 8 at 7pm to chat with Alex and…

A new paper in Science describes the discovery of a fundamentally new carbon cycling pathway in an extreme salt-loving archaea. Check out this summary of the paper for a quick morning microbe fix. I have to read the paper carefully myself before I can really talk about it, but I did want to share this…