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How to run a university - value of the blanket C
Back in the good old days when you enrolled in a common curriculum course at university, you stood about a 60% chance of getting a C more or less for just ...
18 hours ago from The Phytophactor
The 100 most highly cited papers of all time: Tools, not ideas
A rather obscure paper by biochemist Oliver Lowry is the most highly cited scientific paper of all time (Image: beckerarchives)Nature has published a compreh...
1 day ago from The Curious Wavefunction
*Centaurea appendicigera*, photographed by Degoeje. *Belongs within:* Carduoideae. *Centaurea*, cockspurs and knapweeds, is a genus of thistle-like plants...
2 days ago from Variety of Life
What affects acceptance of evolution?
There's a creationist conference coming to Michigan State University this Saturday, so I and others have been thinking and talking about how to respond. Th...
2 days ago from Pleiotropy
Bits of Cucumber in the Fossil Record
*Aggregation of *Eocaudina septaforminalis* sclerites from Boczarowski (2001). Scale bar = 200 µm.* Echinoderms are a dream group of animals for invertebr...
3 days ago from Catalogue of Organisms
http://t.co/alaasqcHwl @ulaulaman says #goodbye to #TullioRegge In quantum physics, Regge theory is the study of the analytic properties of scattering as...
5 days ago from Doc Madhattan
Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research. My original focus, differential geom...
1 week ago from PLEKTIX
Weird words of science: prilled iodine
"Sample of iodine" by LHcheM. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsI was browsing the paper version C&E News o...
1 week ago from The Culture of Chemistry
Interaction of a ∆hfq mutation with the rpoD mutation
Here's the last part of the summary of what our senior co-op technician has been doing. The last set of experiments tested the interaction between a new ∆...
1 week ago from RRResearch
Religion matters more than education when it comes to creationist beliefs
The USA is a conundrum when it comes to creationist beliefs. While the US comes about average in high-school science education results, staggering numbers ...
1 week ago from Epiphenom
Should the government allow scientists to create new super-viruses?
Let's suppose a bunch of scientists proposed to take one of the most infectious human viruses—influenza, say—and turn it into a super-bug. Is this a good ...
1 week ago from Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience
Principal Features of the Mammalian Nasal Cavity were Present in Triassic Eucynodonts
*Ruf, I., Maier, W., Rodrigues, P. G., and C. L. Schultz. 2014. Nasal Anatomy of the Non-mammaliaform Cynodont Brasilitherium riograndensis (Eucynodontia, ...
2 weeks ago from Chinleana
October 2014 Desktop Calendar
Another moss from my August vacation to New York and Connecticut. This one is Atrichum crispum. Unlike other Atrichum species, this one does not have lamel...
4 weeks ago from Moss Plants and More
Blogging Microbes- Communicating Microbiology to Netizens
There was a conference on Blogging microbes at Nottingham University, with talks from Alan Cann, Shuna Gold, James Gurney and Oscar Rosales, organised by...
4 weeks ago from Memoirs of a Defective Brain
I love gadgets but here’s why I’m immune to the temptations of new devices
Despite my love for new technology, I’ve become averse to adopting it right away. This may be a reflection of having conservative...
5 weeks ago from The Allotrope
First Class in the Books
The state fair is over indicating the end of summer and the beginning of a new semester. I taught my first class today, which of course means I basically m...
1 month ago from Angry by Choice
Re-Blog: June Was 6th Warmest Globally
In the UK, we've been rather lucky *touch wood* and had a rather lovely summer thus far. But, it seems that there's a darker side to this lovely weather......
3 months ago from The View from a Microbiologist
Geology and Generals: How Geology influenced the Gettysburg Campaign (Part I.)
“*Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your vic...
4 months ago from History of Geology
A number of non-native English speakers get "Singaporean" as the top guess for their native language. You can actually see that by playing around in our di...
4 months ago from Games with Words
Rule of 6ix has moved
If you are looking for more virological-related blogging head over to postdocinvirology as Rule of 6ix is no more. I have decided to slightly alter my blog...
6 months ago from Rule of 6ix
Pale Terraqueous Globes
[image: Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/Tim Pyle] Imagine the closest star beyond the Sun has a planet orbiting it about the size of Earth. Visualize wh...
7 months ago from The Astronomist
Out of Office
Hi friends, I'm very excited to share with you that Inkfish has moved to a new ocean-floor crevice. You can now find me at *blogs.discovermagazine.com/i...
9 months ago from inkfish
Live coverage of Big Protist Conference (ICOP) in Vancouver, 28 Jul -- 02 Aug
There's a big protist meeting in Vancouver starting tomorrow, and I've been generously supported by ICOP and ISOP to attend as a reporter. I'd like to invi...
1 year ago from Skeptic Wonder
The Molecular Circus
This blog has now moved. Join me for more pharmacological fun, and new and exciting explorations into the minute and magical world of molecules at.... http...
1 year ago from A is for Aspirin
Hey girl. Have you heard about the war on women?
Image credits (if not credited, public domain) Ron Paul Timothy Dolan Rick Santorum Mike Huckabee Chris Christie Marco Rubio
2 years ago from The Biology Files
The Lure of the Obscure? Guest Post by Frank Stahl
Image from Hochwagen Lab This proposal was shouted out as “…one of the most important papers on the control of meiotic crossing over…” (Hawley 2006). Since...
2 years ago from Sex, Genes & Evolution
Finding a new translation factor, and verifying it with help from my experimental friends
Joy of joys my most recent paper has just been published in Nucleic Acids Research! Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print] Evolutionary and ...
2 years ago from Protein Evolution and Other Musings
Girlybits 101, now with fewer scary parts!
I was deeply considering a blog hiatus, dear readers, but sometimes you get hit with sledgehammers, and the only thing you can do to make sense of it all i...
3 years ago from C6-H12-O6
Do Science Bloggers Exercise Free Will?
That's the question--as I stare at the census data in search of a juicy trend--that would seem the most sensational and draw the most readers. A trend...t...
3 years ago from Labs
The Large Picture Blog Has Moved
Our New Home: TelescopeFeed
3 years ago from The Large Picture Blog
Lab Rat Moving House
Trying to keep both this and my new sciam blog going has been a bit of a strain. I've decided therefore that from now on all my science writing will be hos...
3 years ago from Life of a Lab Rat
Goodbye FoS, thanks for all the laughs
Moving house again… Well almost, moving addresses anyway. It wasn’t that long ago I moved from Disease of the Week to here at Disease Prone to take advanta...
3 years ago from Disease Prone
Branson getting into microbial diversity in the deep sea
Quick post here ... just read this article - Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic: deep-sea exploring submarines - Boing Boing which discusses how Katri...
3 years ago from The Greenhouse