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Category Archives: Biology
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
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
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
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