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Google Doodle Moog

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Google has a wonderful tradition of adapting its logo to current events. There is a pattern to the days that get Doodles: they are usually national holidays, human rights or environmental commemorative days, or birthdays of famous scientists, musicians, artists, or engineers. Today the Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, inventor of the…

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Dancing scientists cure cancer

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Canadian scientists are curing cancer by dancing. Well, they’re trying, at least. Researchers of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University in Montreal have made a YouTube video of them dancing in their labs to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. Their sponsor, Medicom, is donating money to their research institute based on how many views their YouTube video gets. If…

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Are there science-themed covers of all of Lady Gaga’s songs?

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I assume you’re familiar with “Bad Project”, the cover of “Bad Romance”? You must be. It’s had millions of views. Millions! And you may also have seen the video for “Poster Face”, which debuted at last year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting: But have you come across “Chromosome” – a parody of “Telephone”? Or how about “Phosphorylated this way”, a song…

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More cats and more macbooks

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If you liked the previous post, you may also be interested in this post on Cath’s blog. It’s about the same topic, sort of. I mean, obviously it’s different, because we have totally different lives: she likes hockey and has two cats, I play violin and have just one. But you knew that, right?

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The Joy of Stats

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I’m going to write a blog post about my fear and avoidance of stats, but since it was partly inspired by Hans Rosling’s BBC documentary “The Joy of Stats”, you can start by watching his enthusiasm before being subjected to my post:

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Technical paper: home-made mocha optimization

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Abstract: I made instant mocha at work and am now writing a silly blog post about it. Introduction: In this 24-hour economy, the modern workforce has little time to consume fancy beverages, yet working adults are fueled almost exclusively by caffeinated and sweet drinks. This creates an inherent dilemma: work or coffee break? When the sourcing or preparation of delicious…

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BRCA2 cycle path

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There’s a cycle path in Cambridge that has the code for the breast cancer gene BRCA2 painted on it, with each nucleotide a colour. If this sounds familiar, you probably read about it, and the geeky attempts to decode it, on Jenny’s blog year. (I just re-read it and was again really proud of my math abilities while soaked in…

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My life as a guinea pig

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I’ve experienced the other side of research recently. A number of weeks ago I spent an afternoon working with Cambridge students in their department. I wasn’t doing the research, I was the research. I’d been a test subject before, when during my undergrad in Amsterdam I did a number of psychology experiments in exchange for bookstore vouchers. But those were…

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Squidgy

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I don’t have time (work, orchestra) but here is the result of the poll: Squidgy it is! (I don’t even have time to explain this – just look through my archives)

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