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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 have a manuscript in there, and the archive will stay,…
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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 in Quebec for four months. Soon after I got back…
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Poster or talk?


A few weeks ago, at a conference, I was talking about posters with some people. Not the specific posters that were at the meeting, but posters in general. I have only ever had to present posters at department poster days, and never had anything interesting enough to warrant printing at poster-size when the poster day came around, so got stuck…
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Stovetop underwater volcano


A few days ago, my friend Karen shared a video of something she discovered in her kitchen: A funnel in a pot of near-boiling water creates an underwater volcano when the water inside the funnel starts boiling much sooner than the rest of the water. Does anyone have an explanation? The videos are below. The first video shows the submerging…
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The thing with the plunger?


You know those multi-pipettors? Not the one with the eight rows of tips, but the one where you fill it up and go chnk-chnk-chnk a few times in a row? Do you know what the disposable/washable part of that is called? I just discovered the answer yesterday, in “Active Surplus” – a Toronto store that sells all kinds of bits…
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That survey again


If you haven’t yet clicked it, because maybe you were on vacation or heading a revolution or otherwise incapable of ticking boxes for a few seconds, here is the survey again in which I try to find out how people find my blog. It is for a purpose, which I will reveal when I show the results later this week.…
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I’m curious


Who are you people? I’ve thought of a handful of reasons why you could possibly be reading this. Please take a moment to click on this one-question survey and select the ones that apply to you. You can also leave a long anecdotal comment here, but I thought I’d do it so you can also tell me if you’re just…
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Squishier – the poll


(Read this post first) Now with a poll that may or may not work! Vote for the new cow’s name: What should Squishy Cow’s new friend be called?Squeeky CowSquashy CowSmooshy CowSquidgy Cowsomething else (leave a comment)View ResultsCreate a Poll For reference, that’s Squishy on the left and the new cow on the right.
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Ant-traction


My bloggy friend Fiona has had a very strange recurring problem: she keeps finding ants on toothbrushes. Only Colgate toothbrushes of a particular type are affected, and it doesn’t matter if the brushes are used or new. Ants seem to love the rubber on these. They’re ant magnets! Being a rational creature, Fiona has been trying to find out why…
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Knowledge for sale?


I was just reading the “Cambridge News & Crier” – a free door to door paper about all the weekly goings-on in Cambridge. Kittens need loving homes, Area Man grows giant pumpkin – that kind of thing. There was an article in this week’s issue about 40 people being laid off with the closing of a local Astra Zeneca branch.…
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