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Natural History Science Theater: “Dinosaur”

Put your answer in the comments! Correct answers get my undying approval.

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Of Fae and Fungi

“And I serve the fairy queen, To dew her orbs upon the green.” –A Midsummer Night’s Dream A few weeks ago I was asked about some mushrooms in a field near work. Not about what kind of mushrooms they were, or if they were edible, but why they were growing …

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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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Anna Atkins: Bontanist, Photographer, Pioneer

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer. While that may not sound remarkable at first, those simple credentials take on a new night when we consider the context: at that time, women were considered as amateur scientists only, and photography was new. In …

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Sailor’s Valentine

I grew up visiting Florida and collecting shells there.  I received specimen shells as gifts and even ended up entering my collection into a state fair when I was in middle school.  As a result of my love of shells I have a general distaste for things made with shells. …

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Adventures in Chimpland: The Primatology Revolution of Jane Goodall. (Women in Science 26)

Of all the figures I’ve done on Women In Science this year, none have evoked such instant and unequivocal expressions of admiration and downright love as Jane Goodall. “You’re doing Goodall next? She’s my absolute hero!” “I want her to adopt me.” “Goodall is the one who inspired me to …

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Saving Oceans by Saving Otters: The Marine Conservation of Sandrine Hazan (Women in Science 25!)

The southern sea otter is the white knight of the Pacific Coastal ecosystem. In an ocean threatened by the ravenous kelp-ravaging hunger of a growing horde of sea urchins, the clever and noble otter is among the only marine creatures which are willing to eat these spikey, radially symmetric jerks. …

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