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Beyonce the Biochemist

Satire site The Onion recently launched a sister site called Clickhole. It’s a parody on Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and other such sites, but of course the content on Clickhole is all in Onion style. So, instead of quizzes like “Who’s Your Celebrity Best Friend?”, where you can figure out (based on…

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The Scientist interviews Johan Olsen

In the same vein as the interviews I normally do on this site, The Scientist interviewed a scientist/musician. Johan Olsen works as crystallographer at the University of Copenhagen, and is the lead singer for the Danish rock band Magtens Korridorer. Read the interview here, and watch their accompanying video: Thanks…

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Metabolic Melodies

I was cleaning out the bookmarks on my laptop, when – no, that’s not true. I was clicking on all the bookmarks, noticed that 70% are now dead links, and just left them there, when I came across “Kevin Ahern’s Wildly Popular Metabolic Melodies”. I must have bookmarked it long…

Oliver Smithies lecture at the University of Toronto

I went to a lecture by Oliver Smithies this morning. I most enjoyed his stories of things that didn’t work. His PhD thesis that nobody ever read, his inventions that nobody ever used, and the story of when he spilled beta-mercaptoethanol* on his shoes. He also showed a lot of…

FoldIt – a game to solve protein structures

Foldit is a web-based computer game that lets you fold proteins, and contribute to science while playing. From the site: “Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot…

Etsy Wednesday – I Am Starstuff bracelet

Raven Hanna’s “Made With Molecules” work has been featured on the blog before, but this new bracelet on Etsy was worth mentioning: It spells out “I am starstuff” in amino acids, and was inspired by Carl Sagan’s statement that we are made of starstuff. The bracelet itself, and the amino…

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 earlier…

Biochemistry with the Celebrity Stars on Conan O’Brien

How did I miss this until now? Conan O’Brien had a segment called Biochemistry with the Celebrity Stars. It was a bit over the top geeky with the goggles and the coloured liquids, but I love that all the things they said in the fragment, like “sticky end” and “transmembrane…

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Ants and knitted proteins at Digifest

Last night I attended performance lectures on art & science by Susan Bustos (about knitted proteins) and Amos Latteier (about ants), hosted by Sally McKay. The lectures were part of digifest, a festival about design and digital media. Susan is a PhD student in the same program as I am,…