PCR song

I know I’m just contributing to some clever research-targeted viral advertising by posting this, but this charity-pop-song-style PCR song from Bio-Rad is hilarious. (PCR, polymerase chain reaction, is the technique used to amplify DNA. It’s used for example in forensics, to get enough DNA from a trace amount found at…

It’s never Lupus

There’s a cold that has been going around for the past few weeks and it has been bugging me hard for the last few days. I have also just been watching House at a rate of about an episode a day, so naturally all my symptoms could also have been…

Just a Taste

A video by gratefulape, of a human white blood cell “licking” at a contaminant, but not giong as far as phagocytosis (taking it up) Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and scientists in art/culture/life since 2005, both on this blog and for other sites and publications. To…

Franklin art

Artist Wyllie O Hagan’s interprets Rosalind Franklin’s work. Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and scientists in art/culture/life since 2005, both on this blog and for other sites and publications. To find out more, check out my portfolio, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, or sign up…

Some entertainment

I’m writing up a post about a science and poetry panel I attended yesterday, but while you wait (and I procrastinate) here is something entertaining. It’s the video podcast about science blogging that Chris Condayan shot for microbeworld while he was in Toronto. My interview ended up on the cutting…

Science Blogging Conference visuals

All my photos of the conference are here. Here’s a selection, and also a video! Photos: Click them for Flickr page and description. Video:Dave Munger of Cognitive Daily talks about a video on his blog during the “Illustrating your posts” session at the North Carolina Science Blogging Conference. He’s in…

Biochemistry Idol

The Biochemistry department at UofT had a challenge recently: graduate students were asked to submit a video for “Biochemistry Idol”, promoting Biochemistry, Toronto, and/or the department in under a minute. Some of my friends who had seen a whirling 45 second compilation video I made of a trip to Vancouver…

Biochemistry with the Celebrity Stars

How did I miss this until now? Biochemistry with the Stars on Conan O’Brien. It’s in annoying NBC player format with advertisement, but it will be worth it! It’s a bit over the top geeky with the goggles and the coloured liquids, but I love that all the things they…

Look Around You!

Look Around You is a brilliant and silly parody of those educational videos you’d watch with your class at school. This episode is about iron, and is one of my favourites. You can find them all at YouTube. Season 1 is also currently being repeated on BBC 2. [Thanks to…

Protein Synthesis

At an open field day at Stanford in 1971, a group of people enacted protein synthesis. The fun part starts at about three and a hlaf minutes into the video. Found this just now through Metafilter, and indirectly through Moment of Science. But apparently it was on BoingBoing months ago….