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Jessica Halpin has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). She says: I’m a MS-wielding microbiologist at a large government agency. I troubleshoot and develop protocols for molecular subtyping of bacterial foodborne pathogens. Jessica Halpin, MS, LFHCfS Research Microbiologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Frank Wilczek writes, in his essay “What is the Electron“, of how people have figured out how to make better and better (and better) measurements pertaining to that teeny tiny particle: “Theoretical calculations have become intricate, now including fluctuations in fluctuations in fluctuations.” A version of that essay is part of Nature magazine’s celebration of [...]
Newly reported research with dragonflies follows, at least in spirit, in the wingbeats of the Ig Nobel Prize-winning locust/Star Wars research. Greg Miller reports on the new work, in Wired: Scientists Put Backpacks on Dragonflies to Track Their Brains in Flight The brain of a dragonfly has to do some serious calculations — and fast [...]
This brief video by Koki Tanaka shows one way to draw a line on a road:
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