Posts Tagged ‘fun facts’

David Blaine: the MAGICAL scientist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-20-2011

Magician David Blaine explains his research into oxygen deprivation and how this background knowledge helped him hold his breath for over 17 minutes. Scientists take note of David’s dedication. This is one of the most riveting TEDMED talks I have ever seen!!!

How to survive Monday mornings in the lab

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-12-2011

This video was created by a former graduate student with great insights! Here’s my favourite line from the video (flashed on the screen really fast so it is good to have it here as a still).

If you don’t make mistakes you’re doing it wrong
If you don’t correct those mistake you’re doing it really wrong
If you can’t accept that you’re mistaken you’re not doing it at all

Check it out:

Politicians say the dumbest things!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-11-2011

I have finally found a political cause (OK…perhaps a pseudo-political cause) that I can support! Scientific American is requesting that its readers send in examples of stupid science statements made by public figures.

Many public figures feel that their public status automatically turns them into experts in any subject they are asked about. Of course this is ludicrous, but so are many “facts” that come out of famous people’s mouths. This is bound to be fun so be sure to participate!

Here’s a GREAT example from one of our all time favorite politicians-Sara Palin:

Nature: A publication with a sense of humor

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-08-2011

Nature is perhaps the most prestigious journal around and it is the ultimate goal of every scientist to publish in Nature. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to produce results that merit a Nature quality publication. But do not despair! Alas, there is hope.

Yesterday, on the Nature website , I found one of the most amusing articles that I’ve ever read in Nature. The article quips that Nature has changed their publication policy and will no longer be accepting manuscripts from Homo sapiens. Furthermore, the article goes on to define grad students as bionic non humans since they spend most of their time interacting with “a sentient non-carbon-based machine.”

This is a fun read and a nice change in pace from otherwise intense scientific articles.

Click here to read the article.

Citation (lest you think I’m not serious): Jordan Suchow (2011). NPG’s policy on authorship Nature, 477 (244) : doi:10.1038/477244a

The rapid evolution of Neanderthal research

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-30-2011

A recent study published in Science has shown that potential interbreeding between Neanderthals, Denisovans and Modern Humans may have helped boost modern man’s immune system. Many reviews have already been published on this subject (see Science 2.0 for a good review or the ScienceDaily news release) and so we won’t dwell on the subject in this post. However, in light of these findings we would like to share with you a YouTube interview with Svante Pääbo, a Neanderthal researcher, produced by The DNA Learning Center in 2009.

It’s interesting to see how far we’ve come in just 2 short years!