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Science Sunday: Lake Vostok

A few weeks ago, Russian scientists, working for Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, finally broke through to Lake Vostok, a large subglacial lake in Antarctica that has been buried beneath four kilometers of ice for more than 20 million years. What does this really mean and why is it …

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Science Sunday: Color blindness

What exactly does it mean to be color blind? People have varying misconceptions about this–the most common forms of color blindness doesn’t mean that you can’t perceive any color, or that you see the entire world in grayscale. What it really means that their total color space is skewed. That …

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ScienceSunday: Darwin Day!

Today, February 12, marks the 203th birthday of Charles Darwin. His landmark work, On the Origin of Species, revolutionized biology, and the scientific view of how the diversity of life that exists today came into being, by proposing the idea that, according to common legend, Thomas Henry Huxley, a contemporary of Darwin’s, …

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Science Sunday: Brainbows, part 2

My long overdue Science Sunday update is finally here! See Brainbows Part 1 for background on what fluorescent proteins are and what they can do. The “brainbow” is an imaging technique that allows researchers to label neurons with randomly chosen combinations of different fluorescent proteins. This essentially results in a …

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ScienceSunday: Finding the Higgs

The Higgs Boson. The “God particle”. This elementary particle is one of the most popular discussions of physics in the mainstream media, which is impressive, since the existence of the Higgs boson is still in question. But what exactly is the Higgs boson? Why is it called the God particle? …

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Science Sunday: Brainbows part 1 or, the magic of fluorescence

ScienceSunday (see here) brings you  great science posts every Sunday on Google+. We wanted to join in! So here’s our first post, and we’ll have more to look forward to each week. One of the coolest biotechnological tricks I learned about in class is the imaging technique that’s been dubbed …

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