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GrrlScientist writes about E3: Evolution, Ecology and Ethology, and the subtle relationships between these phenomena, especially in birds.

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  • August 10, 2010
  • 04:43 PM

The Virology of Christ

by Bob O'Hara in This Scientific Life

Now, this is just silly. Last month a case report appeared in the Virology Journal (not, I’ll admit, my normal read). It had the following title: Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time The original case was reported from two sources as follows [...]... Read more »

  • August 5, 2010
  • 08:24 AM

Foldit: Innovative Biology for Gamers

by GrrlScientist in This Scientific Life

Guessing how a protein will fold up based on its DNA sequence is often too difficult for even the most advanced computer programs. Now biochemists and computer scientists at my alma mater, the University of Washington, have collaborated to create Foldit, an online computer game where computer players do the work. ... Read more »

Cooper, S., Khatib, F., Treuille, A., Barbero, J., Lee, J., Beenen, M., Leaver-Fay, A., Baker, D., Popović, Z., & players, F. (2010) Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game. Nature, 466(7307), 756-760. DOI: 10.1038/nature09304  

  • August 4, 2010
  • 05:12 PM

The Palin Effect

by Bob O'Hara in This Scientific Life

As attentive readers of the New York Times are aware, science bloggers are all about being noisy and shouting at people we don’t like. As most of us have liberal leanings, that means we can be obnoxious towards people on the political right. And this week we’ve got great fodder, in the shape of a [...]... Read more »

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