Network biology is a way to integrate fragmented benchwork data in order to understand complex biological phenomena. In a recent Nature paper, entitled Integrating molecular and network biology to decode endocytosis Cambridge (UK) researchers authors Eva Schmid and Harvey McMahon of MRC, Cambridge give a good example of a predictive and experimentally useful systems biology… Continue reading Meet the nodes, “clustered hubs” and links of clathrin-mediated endocytosis
Pecha Kucha Night was invented four years ago by 2 architects, Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, in Tokyo. During the event each presenter is allowed 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds each giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. According to Wired journalist Daniel H. Pink: The result,… Continue reading Pecha Kucha for scientists? I’d love to participate
James Clement, attorney and serial entrepreneur is the new Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association (“WTA“). Press Release Read our November, 2006 blogterview with James Clement on his life extension commitment: Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension? From the blogterview: 3. What is your favourite argument supporting human… Continue reading James Clement, Pimm’s former blogterviewee is WTA’s new Executive Director
I’ve activated my iPhone in a prepaid mode exactly for the reason of being flexible and switch to another network provider ASAP. So I do not have a 2 year contract with AT&T and I am happy to say that. The AT&T network and coverage is almost non exisiting in the 2 crucial places of… Continue reading The iPhone case: the hackers may have the law on their side!
When Anna and me are looking for something interesting, but not too lengthy and detailed quality video content on the web our frequent destination is TED Talks. These videos are ideal during a lunch, or just before bedtime. In the newest TED sequence inventor Dean Kamen previews the extraordinary prosthetic arm his team is developing.… Continue reading Dean Kamen’s 5 min TED talk on the robotic arm project
I am visiting the third Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS3) conference, which will be held from 6-10 September 2007 at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Aubrey de Grey (with whom I made a blogterview in 2006), the main organizer and soul behind the conference is clear about the purpose: “The purpose of the SENS conference series,… Continue reading Going to another unconventional science meeting: SENS3, Cambridge, UK
There were around 200 campers at the SciFoo Camp, but there are at least 10 times more who could also be easily invited by the same token. There was only real surprise to me concerning the missing: I’ve never found the Google Scholar team members. Where were the Scholar founders, Anurag Acharya and Alex Verstak,… Continue reading People I missed on SciFoo Camp, 2007: The Google Scholar team
So far I’ve had the wrong belief that my favourite Wired Journalist, Joshua Davis is the same person as Joshua Davis, the designer, who once has been featured in Wired (not by Joshua Davis, the journalist). The root of my misconception was the common source of my knowledge on these 2 guys, namely Wired magazine.… Continue reading Trivia: Joshua Davis, the journalist is not Joshua Davis, the designer
There must be art times for biotechnologists too! Artists are always interested in the new and strange, and current biotech meets these 2 criteria. I was informed by curator Philip Ross on a coming geeky art event called BioTechnique, which will open this October at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.… Continue reading BioTechnique in SF: mixing art with biotech in a DIY era
Regular (daily, weekly) Journal Clubs are crucially important events in the life of labs. Reviewing other labs’ results is a way to get synchronized with all the data accumulated by a particular subdiscipline. Moreover it is the most obvious everyday form (conferences are not that frequent) of secondary peer review of the given paper, when… Continue reading The role of Journal Club in lab life and how to move the genre to the web
Microfluidics deals with the behavior, precise control and manipulation of microliter and nanoliter volumes of fluids. Manu Prakash, grad student from the M.I.T.’s Center for Bits and Atoms had a 100% presentation on microfluidics at the SciFoo Camp, 2007. The small audience (I remember Jeff Hawkins and Lincoln Stein amongst others) was really amazed by… Continue reading Microfluidics at SciFoo, 2007: packing cells into bubbles
On my SciFoo California trip I eventually have had enough time to test my iPhone as a tourist device. The following tasks have been regularly done by my iPhone while walking in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley and at the Googleplex: – extensive Google Maps usage (Google Maps is the poor man’s GPS as I’ve… Continue reading iPhone as a SciFoone: a perfect tourist device except the battery
Imagine a world where grad students and postdocs are well paid by manufacturers and companies by doing ads like the following one. The Brown iGEM Team shows off the Nanodrop Spectrophotometer and compares it to regular spectrophotometers in a funny, easy to catch way. (They were not paid by this.) And how the disclaimers would… Continue reading Nanodrop video ad from the Brown iGEM team
Embedded is my classical style (no design, based on the figure section, Powerpoint instead of Keynote) Journal Club presentation on the following paper with the help of SlideShare: Alteration of Marrow Cell Gene Expression, Protein Production and Engraftment into Lung by Lung-derived Microvesicles: A Novel Mechanism for Phenotype Modulation by Aliotta JM, Sanchez-Guijo FM, Dooner… Continue reading Journal Club slideshow: MSC lung repair via lung-derived microvesicles
SciVee is a new multimedia and community site where scientists can “a., upload a video and synchronize it to their paper b., publish it as a podcast c., create a professional profile and join science groups”. So SciVee is a way for scientists to “communicate their work as a multimedia presentation incorporated with the content… Continue reading SciVee: scientists with faces and complicated stories to share
Unfortunately replicative senescence in dividing somatic cell populations through telomere shortening and organismal level aging is not as strictly related as the September Wired (not online yet) issue’s Artifacts From the Future section suggests:
Ok, I am living in New Orleans with my wife, so here is a true local color: online hurricane watching as we are in the middle of the season. Unfortunately we don’t have a car yet, just bikes, but we try to rent one tomorrow, who knows. I’ve just set up a 2 week cell… Continue reading Weekend schedule: watching the 5-Day Track Forecast Cone of Hurricane Dean
George Daley, the new president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research explains shortly the notorious case on a not embeddable (??????) YouTube video. If you are too busy to read the story, than watch it, it is 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Thanks for the video tip, Alexey Bersenev. If you have a… Continue reading George Daley explains the source of Hwang’s “cloned” ES cells on Youtube
iGem is the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition. Young, smart undergraduate faces, team projects, synthetic biology, cool science. (Those purple gloves are so popular in many labs.) Thanks for the tip, John Cumbers.
One particular advantage of being an experimental scientist is that you are getting nicely packed gifts all the time as you are constantly ordering the kits and material that you need for you experiments. For instance I’ve just got this cute, childishly designed Micro BCA Protein Assay Kit developed for measuring protein concentration in the… Continue reading For benchwork scientists, it’s always Christmas time: unpacking kits and gifts
At the opening session at SciFoo at the Googleplex, everybody had to stand up and say 1 intro sentence and 3 words or phrases describing the interests and expertises of the person. pseudonomad caught my intro (the name of the picture: 3minutemadness) with his iPhone: What did I say exactly: don’t remember the intro (a… Continue reading 3minutemadness at SciFoo, 2007
Maxine Clarke over at Nature’s Nautilus blog published Nature’s July top ten PDF downloads. July was a particularly strong month for Nature concerning pluripotency and embryonic stem cells as 5 out of the 10 top ten downloads, that is 50% of the most popular articles are tinkering with stem cell biology. The other trend: microRNAs,… Continue reading Trends in Nature’s July top ten PDF downloads: 5 stem cell papers!
This slide is from my morning Journal Club presentation at our Tulane Lab. Here are 3 papers if you are interested in the “microvesicles” phenomenon. Membrane-derived microvesicles: important and underappreciated mediators of cell-to-cell communication.
Let’s give a chance to audio articles, a new initiative being trialed by Nature Clinical Practice. “These are FREE full-text audio versions of printed content from the March 2007 issue of Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology. The aim of the Nature Clinical Practice journals is ‘to translate the latest findings into clinical practice’ by highlighting important… Continue reading Nature Clinical Practice audio articles: keeping busy doctors updated
The Sci Foo check-in process is a happy one, unlike other check-ins: when you are in, the organizers give you gifts, take a photo on you (to put it on a board) and you are asked to fill in a short intro paper with 2 points: 5 words or phrases that describe your interests and… Continue reading SciFoo Camp, 2007: words and recommendations
The Google Hacks book from O’Reilly was one out of the free goodies on the SciFoo last weekend. Hack #3 is Visualize Google Results with the TouchGraph Java applet that allows you to visually explore the connections between related websites. Of course I started with the term “scifoo” with the setting of filtering single nodes… Continue reading SciFoo links visualized by TouchGraph Google Browser
The Buck Institute in Novato, California is a rich private research center focusing on aging with the mission of “extending the healthy years of life”. They have a real interdisciplinary staff, exactly the one that is needed for studying aging, which is a notoriously multifactorial, multicausal, atypical and complex biological phenomenon. One of the faculty… Continue reading Ask a good scientist in a San Francisco Cafe: The Reality of Age Research
SciFoo is over, and I’ve just arrived back to New Orleans from SF. First of all: a big thanks for the organizers (Chris DiBona, Timo Hannay, Tim O’Reilly, Google, Nature, O’Reilly) and campers, it was really the highest end. Here is a quick SciFoo key terms summary (photos, detailed accounts later): “scientific data” One of… Continue reading SciFoo Camp, 2007: data (Google) publishing (Nature) geeks (O’Reilly)
There are way too much papers and data published in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to follow and filter with traditional offline, spread of mouth tools. At the Journal Club section of Nature Reports Stem Cells, researchers have the opportunity to highlight and discuss the papers they found of utmost importance… Continue reading Make a pro buzz for your favourite stem cell papers at Nature Reports Stem Cells!
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