Category Archives: Science

Data Science

David Smith writes today on the Revolutions blog about the new terms data science and data scientist. Smith provides good background on the recent appearance of these terms and admits that he finds these terms useful. One link Smith provides … Continue reading

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Three Enterotypes (So Far)

Biologists are beginning to make a thorough exploration of the human microbiome, the approximately hundred trillion bacterial cells associated with each human body. Yesterday members of the Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract (MetaHIT) Consortium published a paper in Nature stating … Continue reading

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Lack of Sleep Makes Us Stupid

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine contains an eye-opening article by Maggie Jones, “How Little Sleep Can You Get Away With?” A quick summary of the results: Eight hours of sleep each night for two weeks: No cognitive impairment. Six hours … Continue reading

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William N. Lipscomb Jr.

William N. Lipscomb Jr., who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1976 for his study of the structure of boranes, is the subject of a delightful obituary written by Glenn Rifkin of the New York Times. Dr. Lipscomb, whom I … Continue reading

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Keith Robison’s Cheat Sheet

Keith Robison, who writes the Omics! Omics! blog, writes about what he puts on his cheat sheet, including the IUPAC codes for DNA and protein residues, the genetic code, the mass of one human genome, and other esoteric items that … Continue reading

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Evidence for a Fourth Major Branch of Cellular Organisms?

Dongying Wu, Martin Wu, Aaron Halpern, Douglas B. Rusch, Shibu Yooseph, Marvin Frazier, J. Craig Venter, and Jonathan A. Eisen have published a paper in PLoS ONE titled “Stalking the Fourth Domain in Metagenomic Data: Searching for, Discovering, and Interpreting Novel, Deep Branches in Marker Gene … Continue reading

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Radiation Charts

Are you confused about how big a radiation dose is harmful? (I am.) Check out these radiation charts, which attempt to put things into perspective. A Layman’s Intro to Radiation xkcd’s Radiation Chart [Updated 27-Apr-2011] Randall Munroe has updated his … Continue reading

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