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The Network Formerly Known As Nature Network

As of yesterday, most of the Nature Network blogs have moved to SciLogs, where Khalil Cassimally is their new community manager. I’ve known about this for a while, and having to move was the final motivation for me to get organized and put all my stuff (back) on easternblot.net. Bob…

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Bora’s Science Blogging Post

The title above should be read in the same way as you would read “McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology” or “Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage”. Bora’s post is a resource on a very specific topic, and future generations will refer to “the Bora” when they talk about the article….

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Don’t tell me not to learn!

I mentioned at the start of the year that I was doing CodeYear. You may be wondering how that is going. Still going strong! After about 5 weeks I cobbled together a little DNA-translator; a few weeks later I finished the entire JavaScript section. We’re now in html/css lessons, but…

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SciBarCamb intro game

SciBarCamb is over, but it was awesome this year! I am the worst at live-tweeting, but luckily Lou and Laura and lots of other enthusiastic Twitter-users were at hand to document every single minute of it, so keep an eye on the Schemes and Memes blog for Storify collections of…

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Hoping they’ll lose Pinterest

The people who introduced me to blogging were not scientists or academics. They were online friends I’d met through playing games. A few of them set up their first blogs in 2001, and I thought it looked fun, so I started one as well. It was on an archaic blogging…

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Massive brain dump – unanswered questions

1.) SciBarCamb is in two weeks. If you’d like to spend a day-and-a-half meeting interesting people and talking about science in Cambridge for only £10 – sign up . Ideas for sessions go here YouTube videos of demos people are bringing along are here 2.) Nature Precedings is closing. I…

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Not even a little bit qualified

I was as surprised as you are to find out that I am an expert on hematopoiesis and stem cells, but for the past several months I’ve been invited to several conferences asking me to speak on this topic, as well as other topics that I can’t even remember. All…

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Would I eat that?

It’s something I rarely talk about, but this year is my 10th anniversary of being vegetarian. I don’t know exactly when, because it was a very gradual process. I started slowly phasing out meat from my diet in the late nineties, but lapsed in early 2001, when I was staying…

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SciBarCamb and you

SciBarCamb will be back on April 20/21, and registration has opened (although the cheapest tickets are almost gone now) so I thought I’d explain why you might want to attend and what you can expect when you go. If you’re in a rush, you can get the gist of it…

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I wrote a program

Earlier this year I shared that I had started doing Codeyear. After a few weeks, I realized I now knew enough to write a very basic program that translates DNA to protein. It took me a few days, and it’s super clunky, but it works! Try entering “atggaatcatcggccggggag” to find…