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Speaking Truth in Violent Times

It might seem strange at first to use reflection on the recent shooting in Arizona to make a point about progressive politics, but it’s absolutely compelling. Go read this, seriously: Instead our shadow in this country is economic greed, and there is a constant pull to unfetter business, to disallow regulation, and to let business…

A male fly walks into a bar and orders cornmeal-molasses- yeast. A pretty female fly comes and sits next to him. They look at each other, he starts to say hello, but then she orders some starch. He turns away. She looks at his glass of cornmeal- molasses -yeast and gets up to leave. A…

The immune system has trade-offs

Most biological systems have trade-offs, so this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. A recent paper published in Science shows that in sheep, some females have a stronger immune system and tend to live longer, but also tend to reproduce less often. This seemed to translate to roughly equal reproductive fitness over the course of…

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] I was trained as an Environmental Scientist long before I was at all interested in Microbes. So, I get excited when I come across microbial studies that are environmentally relevant. I get particularly nerd-cited when these studies take place in the ocean. A paper published in PNAS last…

If you’re in the Boston area, come see me (and two other awesome grad students) give a talk on microbes, especially the ones that live in you and on you. We’ve got everything from fecal transplants to whether bacteria can make you fat or not. Come out to Armenise amphitheater at the Harvard Medical School…

Hi ScienceBlogs… it is GREAT to be here! I just spent the weekend with many of the scientists whose research has comprised the bulk of my reading material (ie brain-biggering) over the last 1.5 years… yikes! I also got to meet many other young scientists hoping to make a career out of this crazy science…

We beasties came together through our love of microbes, but also through a graduate student group called Science in the News. SITN is completely run by graduate students, and our mission (much like the mission of this blog) is to share our love of science with the general public. We have a lot of events…

Rally to Restore… Something

I was there! Not that it was easy. We decided to park in VA (in the parking garage of the National Science foundation – totally by accident) and take the metro in, but evidently the entire world had the same idea; the metro was about a 2 hour wait, and the bus stop had like…

We, Beasties

It is an honor and a privilege to be joining ScienceBlogs. Many of the first blogs that I ever read were on this network, and the efforts of PZ, ERV and Orac (among others) to communicate science directly from the lab to readers was in large part what motivated me to start blogging myself. I…

[This post was originally published at webeasties.wordpress.com] Most papers I read these days are long. Nature and Science papers tend to have 3-4 figures (Cell and Immunity papers can be twice that), tons of supplementary data and are at least a couple pages of dense, science-speak prose. I think I once read a paper (from…