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September 19, 2014

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11:59 PM | Lucy (2014)
Firstly, I am very sorry for not writing this week at all. It is because university just started for me, and I had a lot of things to do and prepare for it. Also working as a Festival Assistant at TechFest transformed … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | HGVs – Henceforth Gas Vehicles?
This post was inspired by my recent attendance at the ADBA UK Biomethane & Gas Vehicle conference. You may not own or drive a car, but it is almost inevitable that part of your day-to-day your is delivered by heavy goods vehicle (HGV). That Amazon parcel, the food you bought in the supermarket, the pint […]

September 15, 2014

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8:55 AM | Coral, wanted dead and alive; a brief excursion into the world of coral science
  Today we have a guest post from Dr. Peter Tomiak who delves into the life and death of corals… I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology and Geology at the Bristol University in 2008. Subsequently I undertook a sponsored internship with Save The Elephants, in Samburu National Park Kenya, before starting short term position alongside Prof. Adrian Lister at the Natural […]

September 14, 2014

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9:25 PM | sciencenote: By Dr. Sonja Pyott Department of Biology and...
sciencenote: By Dr. Sonja Pyott Department of Biology and Marine Biology University of North Carolina, Wilmington Wilmington, NC, USA Specimen: Cochlea and Hair Cells Technique: Confocal This confocal microscopy image of the organ of Corti is just stunning. Judges at the Olympus Bioscapes Digital Imaging Competition thought so too, and awarded Dr. Sonja Pyott 4th prize in the contest. For an even larger, more hi-res version, go here. Winners receive Olympus microscopes and other prizes! Guess […]
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2:26 PM | By Dr. Sonja Pyott Department of Biology and Marine Biology...
By Dr. Sonja Pyott Department of Biology and Marine Biology University of North Carolina, Wilmington Wilmington, NC, USA Specimen: Cochlea and Hair Cells Technique: Confocal This confocal microscopy image of the organ of Corti is just stunning. Judges at the Olympus Bioscapes Digital Imaging Competition thought so too, and awarded Dr. Sonja Pyott 4th prize in the contest. For an even larger, more hi-res version, go here. Winners receive Olympus microscopes and other prizes! Guess who the 1st […]

September 13, 2014

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6:25 PM | How A Guy Who Failed Physics Is Reinventing Higher Education
As a freshman at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the late 1970s, Anant Agarwal was one...
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6:21 PM | sciencenote: Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United...
sciencenote: Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom Specimen: Cocoa nut palm (Cocos comosa) stem with xylem vessel “eyes” in vascular bundle “faces.” Technique: Differential interference contrast
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1:19 PM | 5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now With...
5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now With social media being used by a third of the world’s population, connection through the internet is clearly important to the human species. But could this be making big changes to us physically? Should we be worried about the effects of social media? 
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12:14 PM | Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom Specimen:...
Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom Specimen: Cocoa nut palm (Cocos comosa) stem with xylem vessel “eyes” in vascular bundle “faces.” Technique: Differential interference contrast

September 11, 2014

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9:44 AM | Star Performance Staying connected is vital for our brain cells....
Star Performance Staying connected is vital for our brain cells. Across a mass of 100 trillion bridges, called synapses, neurons combine to give our brain an unrivalled computing power. But there can be too much of a good thing, and too many active synapses can cause damage to the nervous system. The cognitive and muscular problems caused by Huntingdon’s disease are thought to be triggered in this way. Sufferers produce an abnormal version of a protein, a defect that causes the brain to […]

September 10, 2014

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7:57 PM | The Book Bucket Challenge
This idea came from a thing that is now really famous on Facebook and it is called #TheBookBucketChallenge. This is about making a list of 10 books that influenced you, that changed your way of thinking, that are the best … Continue reading →
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2:57 PM | ICYMS 1: MOFs and More with Dr. Joe Zhou
Welcome to the first installment of In Case You Missed Seminar! This time, we'll be talking about the MOF-centered research of Dr. Hong-Cai (Joe) Zhou, a professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University.MOFs - Don't I Put Those on My Ears?Cartoon depicting copper hexamine formation (inthe box) with simple MOF formation (outside box).The product MOF is shown in 2-D for clarity.Dr. Zhou cares a lot about metal organic frameworks, or MOFs for short. We've addressed MOFs briefly in this blog […]

September 08, 2014

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8:46 PM | Holiday part 2
Thank you very much for your support on the first Holiday post (check it here) and as I promised this the continuation. Not that many photos for this part, but hopefully you will like it, too. 1. We had a day … Continue reading →

September 06, 2014

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11:56 PM | Holiday part 1
I was on holiday last weeks and some of you wanted to see some photos, so I posted some on Facebook in the new and special photo album: Holiday. So, I thought that it would be nice to share some photos … Continue reading →

September 05, 2014

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9:05 PM | Last Day in Stuttgart
I am really sorry that I did not finish this series of posts before… In case you really don’t know what this is about here are the other posts: Visiting Stuttgart; First Day about mathematics and problem solving; Second Day dedicated to Industrial Math; 3rd Day … Continue reading →
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6:25 PM | Introducing ICYMS: In Case You Missed Seminar
Fellow chemistry grad students, this one's for you.Seminar talks are important. Everyone knows that. But, as a graduate student, you've got fifty-six other obligations during a day. Sometimes you've got a class, sometimes your reaction goes out of control, sometimes that damned eluent just doesn't come out fast enough - and we've all had times where we look at the clock only to find in horror that it's 4:45 and you've missed the whole talk already.I've got you covered.Starting this coming […]
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12:53 AM | Rome Next Year
Getting to have my ideal thesis project and easy access to amazing gelato? Could it get better? Next year, I will be doing my Master’s thesis in Rome, on a project closely related to my undergraduate thesis on disability stereotypes. My thesis left me with some interesting and potentially useful conclusions and many more questions. […]

September 04, 2014

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9:57 PM | August Favorites
It is time for August favorites, this was my holiday month, so there is not that much math in it obviously; as July was my extra-work month ( check July Favorites in case you missed it). So, this will just a little … Continue reading →

August 27, 2014

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12:21 PM | Short
The title does not make that much sense at the beginning, but this is just because I want to make this post short, so the title is Short. I have observed a little nice thing happening: some of you have … Continue reading →

August 25, 2014

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2:52 PM | How to Survive (and Excel) as a Graduate Student Instructor
claimtoken-5400c4e95db8aTeaching.It's a critical task of academia to produce new educators for the future, but for many students starting graduate school this semester, the word inspires groans and feelings of dread.The first graduate student teaching assignment might force you out of your comfort zone. It is true that teaching for the first time is a big adjustment, but with the right attitude and preparation, you might justdiscover a skill you never knew you had.To learn more about what makes […]

August 22, 2014

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5:12 AM | New paper: bloat, float, and burial in dead crocs
I've just published my first academic paper in the journal 'Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology', with my co-author Steve Salisbury. Our paper is called "Patterns of aquatic decay and disarticulation in juvenile Indo-Pacific crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), and implications for the taphonomic interpretation of fossil crocodyliform material."  What is the paper about? Essentially, the paper looks at what happens to crocodile carcasses when they rot, undisturbed in fresh […]

August 21, 2014

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2:57 PM | Never underestimate the power of a thorough literature review
As someone who is currently writing their thesis, I have a major piece of advice for PhD students embarking on their studies… Never underestimate the power of a thorough literature review! Always, always, always read as much as you can about the field of research you are working in. Especially if there are numerous inconsistencies […]
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