Science Haiku 3x3

More science-themed haikus. I seem to keep writing them because we tend to put out three “mini press releases” at a time (a relic of the days when they were printed on two sides of a fold-up page and mailed). So I could pick just one to blog about, or I could try to fit all three into one post (which tends to get muddled when it is on subjects as varied as physics, neurobiology and genetics). Or else I can leave these little breadcrumbs inviting you to follow them back to our website, where the fuller explanation awaits (or, from there, you can follow the links in the releases to get to the scientific papers).

If anything ties these three together, it as that each, it its own way, is a demonstration of a new technique that will have a ripple effect on others’ research. Lab mice with genetic “switches” that can direct the actions of specific brain cells; the smallest, most sensitive device yet for measuring phenomena in superconductors; and a method for revealing high-resolution, 3-D images of individual chromosomes. Just follow the links.


On magnetic fields

In your superconductor

Use a nano-SQUID

microglia in a mouse brain microglia in a mouse brain



Keen microglia,

Octopus-like, supple-spined

Attending brain cells


Working chromosomes

Showing their frills, flaps and folds:

Not your grandma’s X





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