Take a minute and read the text below. It’s 1 page. 900 characters: You have just (hopefully) read the article that gave James Watson and Francis Crick the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This article describes their model for how DNA is structured, what it consists of, and how those things come together… Read More How to get a Nobel prize in 900 words
Peer review is the cornerstone of science. It is the process that (tries to) safeguard the science in the scientific article. It is the relatively simple process of anonymous proofread (review) by a relevant scientist (peer). Software review is one of the many cornerstones of our modern society. It is the relatively simple process by… Read More Reviewing reviewers reviews
Did you read BBC recently? “A professional singer, Alama Kante, has sung through surgery to remove a tumour from her throat, so surgeons could avoid damaging her vocal cords.” Scary! The doctor helpfully explained “The pain of such an operation is intolerable if you are fully awake. Only hypnosis enables you to stand it,”. Wow,… Read More Breaking news: anesthesia rendered obsolete
Pursuing a PhD is quite a bizarre way to pay your bills. First of all, its a terrible way to pay your bills. Second of all, it a job like no other. Imagine this: you have studied 5 years, and collected a respectable student loan (used mainly to finance your rent/beer since tuition is free… Read More I don’t like science, I love it
Do It Yourself genetics is an emerging field. Say what? Check the video below: There are extensive guides and kits that you can buy online that give you the tools to modify among other things bacteria. Cool, so what? Well, not everyone is excited. Freedom of information poses many questions, and the best way… Read More DIY genetics – or how I learned to stop worrying and love the DNA
We invest a ton of resources trying to understand space. Understandable considering that it pays off in more ways than you can count. Understanding space (and all aspects of reality) is part of our human desire and need to know things. Most importantly though, it gives pretty pictures! Look at the picture below. It represents the universe at an… Read More DNA vs Space – a beauty pageant
Cats. The pets that we all love to hate and hate to love. I have two glorious bastards. One is social, cuddly and nice. The other is not. When I look at them though, I don’t only see two cuddly pets. I also see two ferocious predators. Predators which have annihilated species and is possibly one… Read More Are cats on a constant Atkins diet?