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Protest memes.

Nothing is real anymore…unless its done in front of a camera.

fastcompany:

Protest memes.

Nothing is real anymore…unless its done in front of a camera.

geneticist:

A monument at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics to all lab rats used for DNA research (via)

So sweet & thoughtful.

geneticist:

A monument at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics to all lab rats used for DNA research (via)

So sweet & thoughtful.

This is the first scene from the first opera of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen epic, Das Rheingold.The rheinmaidens singing of Rheingold is just so beautiful, and its been stuck in my head for several days now. I only realized Wagner’s Ring cycle existed a couple of weeks ago, and since I have all the time in the world right now, I am slowly going through it. Its a story that has inspired so many novels and authors and the music is just incredible. 

freshphotons:

Visualizing Size in Biochemical Systems.

My biochemistry degree has taught me about a lot of interesting fields in science…its crazy to look back at it but I have used all of these molecules so many times, and even made some of them!

freshphotons:

Visualizing Size in Biochemical Systems.

My biochemistry degree has taught me about a lot of interesting fields in science…its crazy to look back at it but I have used all of these molecules so many times, and even made some of them!

This was what I first thought of when I heard about the blasts in Boston.

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

Margaret Thatcher (via thecultofgenius)

The original.

What is with all the book titles that end with : (colon) A Novel? Is the extra descriptor to let people know its a novel you are reading really necessary? Once in a while, ok, its fine, but there are way to many book titles like that these days!

A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
While from the bounded level of our mind
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise !
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !
An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope (excerpt)
lookhigh:

To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells
Scientists have injected some human glial cells into the brains of newborn mice. When the mice grew up, they were faster learners. A study, published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, not only introduces a new tool to study the mechanisms of the human brain, it supports the hypothesis that glial cells — and not just neurons — play an important role in learning. 
The researchers say these mice are measurably smarter. In classic maze tests, they learn faster. “They make many fewer errors, and it takes them less time to come to the appropriate answer,” says Steve Goldman, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who has studied brain cells for decades.
It might take a normal mouse four or five attempts to learn the correct route, for example. But a mouse with human brain cells could get it on the second try. Glial cells — those boring glial cells — somehow enhance learning. (NPR)

This sounds pretty shady…why didn’t the immune system just kill the cells?

lookhigh:

To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

Scientists have injected some human glial cells into the brains of newborn mice. When the mice grew up, they were faster learners. A study, published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, not only introduces a new tool to study the mechanisms of the human brain, it supports the hypothesis that glial cells — and not just neurons — play an important role in learning. 

The researchers say these mice are measurably smarter. In classic maze tests, they learn faster. “They make many fewer errors, and it takes them less time to come to the appropriate answer,” says Steve Goldman, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who has studied brain cells for decades.

It might take a normal mouse four or five attempts to learn the correct route, for example. But a mouse with human brain cells could get it on the second try. Glial cells — those boring glial cells — somehow enhance learning. (NPR)

This sounds pretty shady…why didn’t the immune system just kill the cells?

fuckyeahmicrobiology:

Cells of Escherichia coli labeled with an amino-specific Alexa Fluor dye and examined with a fluorescence microscope. By using pulsed light (strobed laser illumination at a smaller average intensity) and an ordinary CCD camera, one can see what flagella do as swimming cells run and tumble. 
Turner, L., Ryu, W.S. & Berg, H.C. Real-time imaging of fluorescent flagellar filaments. J. Bacteriol. 182, 2793-2801 (2000)
Credit to https://www.facebook.com/LIFEMolecularProbes

Didn’t even know E. coli had flagella…

fuckyeahmicrobiology:

Cells of Escherichia coli labeled with an amino-specific Alexa Fluor dye and examined with a fluorescence microscope. By using pulsed light (strobed laser illumination at a smaller average intensity) and an ordinary CCD camera, one can see what flagella do as swimming cells run and tumble.

Turner, L., Ryu, W.S. & Berg, H.C. Real-time imaging of fluorescent flagellar filaments. J. Bacteriol. 182, 2793-2801 (2000)

Credit to https://www.facebook.com/LIFEMolecularProbes

Didn’t even know E. coli had flagella…