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    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2013
    Strange - you were so good at it when you were young.
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2013
    Evolution is lazy and stupid. But the results so far are impressive, especially remote controls, toilet paper and universal healthcare.
    universal healthcare? - only in civilised countries.

    Excuse me - I'm going to suck on a neuron and mispronounce "pipette"
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2014
    That's the way I pronounce it.
    I say pie-pet, you say pee-pet, let's call the whole thing off?
    Short 'i' as in 'bit', per the French pronounciation
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2014
    Sez who?
    I pronounce it according to the standard heraldic pronunciation of French as used in English blazon.
    well, of course that's wrong, except on the moletrap where it's right by definition
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2014
    I repeats: sez who? The pipette was invented by Elspeth Scruggs of Yeoville, and so named for a supposed resemblance to the organ pipes in the Church of St Edmund the Very English, in the nearby village of Doddering Parva.

    I pronounce it as she did.
    Man, you knew Elspeth? You dog...

    Pubic lice and human cross-species bonking. Really.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2014
    The peculiar name comes from scientist Louis Joseph Gay-Lussac, who coined the term in a 1824 paper written about indigo solutions.

    Betcha he couldn't find Doddering Parva on a map.
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014 edited

    Inner Life of a Cell | Protein Packing

    Harvard University and XVIVO come together again to add to the growing series of scientific animations for BioVisions -- Harvard's multimedia lab in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. 'Protein Packing' strives to more accurately depict the molecular chaos in each and every cell, with proteins jittering around in what may seem like random motion. Proteins occupy roughly 40% of the cytoplasm, creating an environment that risks unintentional interaction and aggregation. Via diffusion and motor protein transport, these molecules are directed to sites where they are needed.
    It's amazing that it works at all, what with tens of thousands of different proteins knocking about in their millions
    Rosalind Franklin and Dorothy Hodgkin. Odd how good they were at approximately the same thing, considering the paucity of women in pioneering science back then.
      CommentAuthormagic moment
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2014 edited
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanRosalind Franklin and Dorothy Hodgkin.

    The latter of who would be 104 today, had she lived (according to google main page).
    Cryo-lipids: no serious cryo-sleeper on an interstellar voyage should be without them

    This cuts both ways - think panspermia. We've found amino acids in meteorites. Perhaps there are cryosleepers in there too - entire organisms having a pangalactic snooze.