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Category Archive: Science

Jul 29 2014

Why I work late

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Oy. Tonight was a long one. Deadlines aren’t always as flexible as one might hope, and science sometimes does not play by human clocks. But it’s all worth it for a chance to piss off the anti-science, pro-God set. One of my secret atheist coworker friends (we have a secret handshake okay no we do …

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Jul 01 2014

Wasp Threesome

Three mud daubers stacked one on top of the other.

Today at work we found some wasps enjoying the lovely sunshiny afternoon. I think these are mud daubers. I can’t find much on why three mud daubers might be stacked together like this, but whenever there’s odd behavior and animals involved, there’s a good chance that it has something to do with sex.

Jun 10 2014

Freeze-Dried Plasma

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My nerdy interest du jour is battlefield medicine, tactical combat casualty care and field medicine (the non-military side of emergency medicine, used in disaster relief). The concept of triage and how to tackle logistical hurdles such as how to carry or transport sensitive equipment and items that need special storage (like refrigeration or freezing) in …

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Apr 02 2014

Bits and Pieces

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I am exhausted! Today at lunch I did a 2.5 mile outdoor jog/walk. The weather was nice and the run went quickly. After that I came back to the office and packed up for my first move in eight years. We’re implementing a new program that requires co-location of team members, so I moved from …

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Mar 30 2014

Wood Lake Nature Center: A Song of Slush and Mud

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Today the Hubby and I ventured out to enjoy the springish weather at Wood Lake Nature Center. The temperature was in the mid-40s and we were able to get away with light jackets. In the past Wood Lake has been amazing for wildlife. They get an amazing variety of migratory birds in the spring and …

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Mar 26 2014

Goodbye, Dear Samples.

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When in the Course of sample shelf life stability, it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve the emotional bands which have connected her with these samples, and to assume among the powers of industry science, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Finance and of Peer-Reviewed Literature entitle her, a decent …

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Mar 03 2014

Printing A Human Heart

Printer printing a slice of heart. Link to video embedded in this image.

We’re not to the point of printing working organs yet, (although we are getting closer), but 3D printing technology recently played a very cool part in the care of an infant who underwent surgery for a double outlet right ventricle. From 3D Printing Industry.com: The infant’s heart was riddled with defects before the surgery at …

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Nov 01 2013

Doing Science

“Doing science” for me often involves running controlled experiments with an eye on what the study should tell us. We have a hypothesis, we set out to answer specific questions, and we have an idea of what the answers will be and how we’ll proceed if we get one answer or another. But even the …

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Oct 18 2013

Eureka Moments

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka” but “That’s funny…” —Isaac Asimov (1920–1992). I had a “Eureka!” moment today. An honest-to-goodness real-all-growed-up-scientist Eureka moment. In my case the particular exclamation wasn’t “that’s funny”, but “NOOOOOOO! What the @%$&*# is that!?” which is a slightly less …

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Sep 24 2013

Caution: Water

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New labels for the water bottles in the lab. You can never be too safe, kids. Just…perhaps no ingesting in very large quantities, okay?  DEIONIZED WATER (DI Water, Pure Water, Dihydrogen Oxide) Target Organs: N/A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE: GENERALLY CONSIDERED SAFE. Avoid contact with materials which are water reactive. Follow precautionary measures for other materials which …

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