Category Archives: Biology

Shuttle Columbia, 10 years later

One of my first posts on this blog was in recognition of the heroic sacrifices made by the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews, as well as a handful of other astronauts who were killed in training missions.  Today marks … Continue reading

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Information storage on DNA

In a Nature Letter (and I’m sorry if that’s behind a paywall–I can’t tell from here), researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute and Agilent Technologies introduced a method of encoding information onto DNA.  The concept is not terribly new, but I … Continue reading

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The search for extremophiles

Extremophile – n. – A microbe that lives in an environment one thought to be uninhabitable, for example in boiling or freezing water. (Source: dictionary.com) In the not-too-distant past, scientists believed that in some respect, all life was powered by … Continue reading

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Bionic snail?

Interesting summary: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/05/scienceshot-the-bionic-snail.html?rss=1 Full article: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja211714w?journalCode=jacsat The basic idea of the snippet is that they turned a snail into a generator of electricity. It’s only a few microwatts at 0.53 volts, but that isn’t insignificant. At first I thought “what … Continue reading

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