Exercise is healthy? What a novel concept.
The fact that “does moving/exercising more affect weight” was the inspiration for an entire study speaks volumes about the level of activity children-and all of us-are getting. I’m glad the study was done, but sad that the study had to be done. NYTimes: Sports Promote Healthy Weight in Teenagers http://nyti.ms/O7QGTe
Our Political Black Hole →
I adore Gail Collins.
Brainbow mice →
From Cell.com Individual neurons in a mouse brain fluoresce different colors based on a cool genetic trick with genes that encode different fluorescent proteins. It’s kind of like putting in all the primary colors into each neuron, randomly turning some on and some off, and with all those different possible combinations, you get all the different possible colors.
Well, I'm glad that's cleared up. →
A little light, historical reading to sit down... →
We interrupt the science speak for this running-related announcement: Dathan Ritzenhein (@djritzenheim) met the 10k A standard of 27:45 and was 3rd place in the Trials to earn a spot to London! Go Ritz!
Is the fountain of youth flowing with methyl... →
This blog post from the Promega Corporation describes a paper recently published in PNAS by Heyn and colleagues who studied “epigenetic drift” as a way to explain differences between old and young people. It would have been interesting if old-young pairs would have been related, but their findings are interesting regardless. Even though they trigger my pet peeve button by calling it a...
This video is strangely and beautifully captivating. It looks like someone’s playing around with food coloring on a globe, but it’s a visualization of actual ocean currents based on data from an NOAA model. The NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory actually has all kinds of cool ways to display ocean properties and events, including the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. This is all done...
Webcast: Venus crossing the sun →
Alan Alda and Stephen Colbert on the World Science Festival in NYC.
Green Protein-making Machines →
Finally, a blog update!
Draft: The Most Comma Mistakes →
Rules about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up.
Targeting cancer with drug-laced antibodies →
New Drug Trial Seeks to Stop Alzheimer’s Before It... →
A clinical trial of Crenezumab will focus largely on members of a Colombian family who are genetically destined to develop the disease but who do not yet have any symptoms.
Words to live by →
Improving Childhood Vaccination Rates — NEJM →
“Data and facts, no matter how strongly supportive of vaccination, will not be sufficient to compete with the opposition’s emotional appeals.”
Some guy, in a wine bar in NYC, thought he was hitting on me when he told me that I, in jeans and a tank top, “blended in” to the suit-and-shift-dress clientele. I realized that he described my worst nightmare, on so many levels. I have never been so happy to love NYC but live in San Fran.
I recently read a book that I hope dramatically and wonderfully changes the way I, as a scientist, communicate: Randy Olson’s Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style. Simply put, everyone who finds themselves encountering science jargon or scientists (a redundant statement perhaps) as they speak, write, listen, debate, make policy, vote, or ask questions about...
Science for your Mother: My Blog →
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