research sample

One does not simply conduct scientific research 😏

Read: no you do not just inject random chemical mixtures into a single white mouse you got from around your house until you see your desired effect

Also there are differences between rats and mice.

And there’s this concept called “research design”

Marine Cerasus: The Beginning

Jotaro meets his first mermaid during a routine expedition to collect water samples from research area 4, off the coast of Miami. Well, ‘mermaid’ as in one of those creatures from myth one hears about as a kid, but he actually meets a merman. Merbeing.

A rather sassy merbeing.

The MerKak AU is now starting in fanfic form, found here! I’ll be happy to accept prompts or questions about this AU~

The Oldest Champagne Ever Tasted

Researchers have sampled 170-year-old bottles of champagne, which were recovered from a shipwreck off the Finnish Aland archipelago. The 168 bottles discovered are being analyzed to study how wine was made in the 1800s. Biochemical analysis showed they had low sugar content, less than 150 grams per liter, suggesting the champagne was intended for a German market which preferred moderately sweet wine. 

On Being Wrong

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. In light of the pushback I’ve seen surrounding the #WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS campaign, in light of the Vice Interview Laydeegate debacle and the description of women as unknowable creatures, in light of an online book magazine creating a poorly sampled research project just to prove another online book magazine wrong, and most definitely in light of a straight male author quitting a conference to prove a point about equality in a way that might actually cause more harm than good, through all of this I’ve been thinking of the human inclination we have NOT TO BE WRONG.

Sometimes we try to so hard to not be wrong that we forget the opposite of wrong isn’t always right. Sometimes, being wrong would cause less harm than all of the gyrations we do to get to some gray area of “right”. And if not right, then as far away from wrong as we can get.

And I don’t get this. I’ve been wondering what I’ve been missing in this whole equation. Is it affluence? Is it sheer male audacity? Or maybe I’m just wrong and maybe I’m seeing shadows where there are none.

Some time between going to bed last night and this morning, it hit me: I was born wrong. I have never really, truly known what it means to be right.

Female? Wrong. Black? Wrooonnnnng. Biracial? So wrong. The first time I kissed a girl and enjoyed it? Welp, that was also wrong.

My life has been one long line of wrong answers. And at some point, I guess I realized that being right was never really going to happen for me. So instead of focusing on being right, I just tried to be good. To be better than I thought I could be and better than others expected me to be.

I get things wrong all of the time. I think I’m just used to it. It’s inevitable when you live in a society where your skin color is a big sign flashing WRONG day in and day out.

But when I do get things wrong, when I say something clueless or insensitive, I apologize. I learn from the mistake. I acknowledge that I was wrong, and then I try to do better.

I think I’m doing better.

The biggest question I get about diversity is how to write outside of one’s own experience without “getting it wrong”. And I always laugh. “You’re going to get it wrong,” I say. “You’re always going to get it wrong, no matter what story you write.”

“Then why should I bother?” some folks will say. And if they don’t say it, then their expression says it for them.

And that’s when I try to explain, to talk about how there is no universal truth, and how it most definitely isn’t straight, white, able-bodied and male. “It doesn’t even matter what you write. Someone, somewhere, is going to tell you it’s wrong. So why wouldn’t you want to at least do a little good on your way to wrong?”

Why wouldn’t you want to do better?

I have to think that this insidious fear of being wrong is why Andrew Smith answered that Vice article so flippantly and then responded a week later by calling his female detractors assholes. I have to think being told he was wrong was why Roger Sutton went and took a faulty sample size of data and tried to make extrapolations of non-logic, not even nonsense, there wasn’t enough coherent thought for that. And I think that fear of being wrong is why Chuck Wendig pulled out of the Midwestern Writers Workshop even though QUILTBAG folks, those directly impacted by the Indiana RFRA, asked him not to, to attend and support marginalized voices within the state.

It must be pretty awesome to always know, just through the blessed happenstance of your existence, that you’re right. Even unconsciously.

Honestly? I wouldn’t know.

Inside your computer, there’s a little chip, and inside this little chip there are microscopic transistors. Long story short: the tinier these transistors, the mightier the machines. And now IBM Researchers have working samples that are a mere seven-nanometers. To give you a point of reference—it would take 10,000 of them to make up a strand of hair. Oh, and that pixel above? It’s way smaller than that, too. 

my (old, white, male) health policy professor asked us if we had any ideas about of topics for our health policy papers today and i said i wanted to do mine on maybe gender bias in healthcare research so of course i had to listen to the whole spiel on “it’s less ethical to do research on women bc they might get pregnant” and “having many different types of people in research necessitates larger sample sizes, so research is more expensive” so really not researching shit on women “isn’t like a mean male thing or patronizing”

like alright dude (1) you explaining all this to me is, in fact, quite patronizing (2) we literally have gender bias in fucking mouse studies. is it really that much more unethical to experiment on mice that can get pregnant than it is to experiment on mice that cannot get pregnant? is it that much more expensive to throw some extra mice into your study? i think not (3) even if all of the above reasons ur talking about are Strictly Unavoidable and Not The Result Of Pre-Existing Gender Bias, they still create gender bias in outcomes, so like, still something worth lookin into

and of course, all of the above mentioned reasons are in fact not Strictly Unavoidable in the first place so whatever

i’m gonna do it anyways watch me

The striking image here shows the Hale Crater on Mars. This morning NASA scientists made the remarkable announcement that they have discovered definitive signs of liquid water in the crater. By analyzing data from surface samples, researchers found various salts that contained traces of water molecules - a sure sign of flowing h2o. And while the source of the water is still unknown, this discovery offers great excitement that Mars could support life - including human life - in the future.

 
The focus of Daily Overview has always been on Earth, but this exciting event inspired me to look outwards for a moment, rather than back at ourselves. Beyond changing the way we see our planet, I believe an inquisitive gaze into the greater universe that surrounds us can do wonders for our yearning to explore and to help us find the perspective that we need.

Rollout of space shuttle Discovery was slow-going due to the onset of lightning in the area of Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

First motion of the shuttle out of the Vehicle Assembly Building was at 2:07 a.m. Aug. 4. Discovery’s 13-day flight will deliver a new crew member and 33,000 pounds of equipment to the International Space Station. The equipment includes science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill. Launch of Discovery on its STS-128 mission is targeted for late August. 

contamination

In any biology lab
Research, diagnostic, or other
Contamination is a constant fear

Foreign DNA, invading bacteria
Cell eating viruses, even enzymes
And mold, across disciplines
Always
We fear and hate the mold

There is also the issue
Of sample contaminating
Non-research space
For example
Getting bacteria that has been
Purposely selected for antibiotic resistance
Into the break room
Is bad

To avoid all of this
We pay close attention
To everything we touch
What has our glove
Been in contact with
Because anything that
We touch with that glove
Will be contaminated with
Everything else that glove
Has touched

I find cat hair to be a helpful analogy
Dog hair would work too, I suppose
Everything that enters a cat’s house
Will get cat hair on it
Clothing, people, books, food dishes
Everything
All of those items will then return
To the place they came from
And they will transfer the cat hair
To that new environment

For example
My lab coat lives in the lab
It never leaves the sample area
Except to go to the hospital laundry
And yet, my lab coat always
Has cat hair on it
Because I come from my house
Which has cats, and thus
I come with cat hair
Which I then transfer
To my lab coat

Fortunately
No substance I work with
Is nearly as pernicious
As cat hair
So the transfer only works
From home to lab

But I’m still careful
Because I’m a biologist
So I have nightmares
About contamination

-Notes from a Lab Tech
February 24, 2015

  • researcher: clearly our sample group of 1,000 heterosexual males from Boston born between 1925 and 1932 will be representative of the General American populace.

After thorough research and examination, a team of experts and I have come to the conclusion that Sean O'Brien and Hozier are in fact the same person. We know this might come as a shock to some, so we have provided a piece of our research sample for you to observe.

Want a more diverse microbiome? Get a dog!

Dogs are dotted with bacteria, and they share these microbes with the people who love them. Researchers sampled the tongue, forehead and paws of 36 dogs, from border collies to boxers. Then they compared the dog bacteria with microbes on the animals’ owners. The results suggest that bacteria travel from the tongue and paws of dogs to the skin of their human companions.

Learn more about the microbiome in The Secret World Inside You, open now. 

2014: The Year in (Unsung) Science

Chances are, these staff-picked science stories of 2014 missed your radar. Let’s fix that.

#1. Genes From Outer Space

Could alien DNA hitch a ride to Earth on a meteorite? 

Maybe, say Swiss and German researchers. They put DNA samples on the outside of a rocket, sent it up into orbit, and let it fall back to Earth again.

You might think that the intense heat from re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere—262°F (128°C)—would burn and destroy the delicate molecules of genetic material. You’d be wrong. Many of the DNA samples were tough enough to survive. 

What’s more, when the researchers took those samples back into the lab and inserted them into bacterial cells, they produced functional proteins. In other words, the DNA still worked.

If life from outer space weren’t enough, here’s a bonus nod to 1950s sci-fi: They tracked the DNA using a green fluorescent protein—not exactly “little green men from outer space” but close.

Full post here.