As a geologist I often come across people who think my fieldwork is just an excuse to go relax in the sun while looking at the occasional rock. I can understand the confusion, why fly out to a different continent to study rocks when the department is already full of samples?
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~
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.
8.5.15 // Finals are over, so I just get to sit back and relax and wait until results are posted, right? Nope! PCR troubleshooting because primer-dimers are determined to make my job harder. Thank goodness for researchers that are understanding and the bio-rad PCR troubleshooting page.
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.
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
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
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.
In any biology lab Research,
diagnostic, or other Contamination
is a constant fear
DNA, invading bacteria Cell
eating viruses, even enzymes And
mold, across disciplines Always We
fear and hate the mold
is also the issue Of
sample contaminating Non-research
bacteria that has been Purposely
selected for antibiotic resistance Into
the break room Is
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
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
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
substance I work with Is
nearly as pernicious As
cat hair So
the transfer only works From
home to lab
I’m still careful Because
I’m a biologist So
I have nightmares About
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.
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.
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.