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What do new years’ resolutions have to do with a growth mindset?

It’s that time again, the first few weeks of the year when everyone dusts off their best selves and resolves that this is the year, right now, when they will really make a change. I’m no different; I’ve spent plenty of time in the last two weeks restructuring my work …

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Show Us Your Ugly Things: Pattern Matching Edition

A while back I got obsessed with pattern matching in corsetry — how to have a pattern planned out to move, er, seamlessly between seams. Between that, and quite a bit of beautiful blue and brown brocade, I thought I could pattern-match myself up a phenomenal dress. Just about nothing …

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Heritage and Challah

This past weekend was Rosh Hashana, which is the Jewish new year. Which is all well and good, but why would a devout atheist stay up late making challah, and why would she write about it for this blog?

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Context, content, and understanding the genome

In my last post, I talked about how as a biologist I often feel I am drowning in data, and that I wished we spent more time on the basic, hypothesis-based research that will provide the signposts we need to interpret the deluge. I think this is especially true in …

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Yet another high profile paper about yet another epigenome that says the same thing, yet again.

A recent study developed a new way of probing the genome for “accessible” sites, and found the same things that we’ve been seeing for years.

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The stars in our cells

A relatively recent study showed that transcription factors tend to hang out in specific areas of the nucleus, clustering like stars in galaxies. And it’s been rattling around in my head as potentially perfect for Mad Art Lab because they do, in fact, cluster like stars in galaxies — the …

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Kaatsu: a shortcut to more muscle, but maybe not better health

Last week, Anne asked the backchannel about a workout trend she had come across called Kaatsu, sending along this link from Military Times and this one from Wikipedia. Her question was basically “does this set off any of your bullshit detectors” and as I am in the weird half-way point …

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On Failure: Nanowrimo Update 4

In which, two months later, a novel is still not written, most of my planning fell to the wayside, and I do not feel much at all like a hero. So…. basically, that went as well as could have been expected.

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