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Scientists have found Tatooine!

The great part is that even though the planet has an official name, no one is ever, ever going to use it.

4chan

Jun. 29th, 2011 12:33 pm
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4chan and /b/: An Analysis of Anonymity and Ephemerality in a Large Online Community

I don't know whether I envy the researchers who spent weeks categorizing /b/ posts, or whether I pity them. They must be permanently scarred.
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People with light eyes handle alcohol better than people with dark eyes.

So, I can handle my alcohol well because I have green eyes? :D (that was definitely not the case on my 30th birthday, but there was also a lot of alcohol.)
moonwise: (lab rat)
My manager: "Have you ever worked with bilirubin?"

Me: *blankly* "Who?"



(note: "bilirubin" is pronounced like "Billy Rubin.")

NCAAM

Mar. 4th, 2009 09:21 am
moonwise: (lab rat)
In the words of Stan Johnson, Ph.D. (husband's PI): "Phat city! Science wins again!"

It's fine to practice alternative medicine. It's fine to use alternative medicines in conjunction with modern medicine. But, Sen. Harkin, when the institute you founded fails to prove that alternative medicine works the way you think it does, that's not the institute's fault. That's what "validation" means: that the process in question was statistically shown to be trustworthy and efficacious.

(Not that pharma companies don't do some shady things, too. This business of outsourcing clinical trials to China and India is bad, bad, bad news. The lack of regulatory oversight in those countries is appalling.)
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[livejournal.com profile] tiggymalvern, you and I talked about this kind of thing a long time ago, and now there's a study out that suggests that people need parasites for a healthy immune system. Isn't IgE the anti-parasitic immunoglobulin that's implicated in allergies and asthma?

Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You

ROFL

Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:27 pm
moonwise: (lab rat)
[livejournal.com profile] angstymcgoth, you have got to see this.

Eppendorf ad

EXACTLY WHAT ARE WE AUTOMATING HERE, GUYS? HM? HMMMMM?

Maybe I should do more pipetting!
moonwise: (lab rat)
My labmates are engaging in the fun and worthwhile activity of making projectiles out of syringe plungers using a can of compressed air.

It's so good to see children at play.

lol

Feb. 1st, 2008 01:43 pm
moonwise: (lab rat)
Dissent of the testis

Never let it be said that doctors don't have a sense of humor.
moonwise: (lab rat)
If you put the plastic container from a Corning sterile filter into the sonicator/heat bath to warm your mobile phase up from being in the refrigerator, you will melt the neck of the container. Srsly. Even though I'd only set the thing to 27C!

Maybe I should take the top off next time.

Snow

Feb. 7th, 2007 11:06 am
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Anyone who likes snow, photography, or both should look at this website:

SnowCrystals.com.

Some samples:




(bet you all never knew that snowflakes could be cylindrical!)

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