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Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…molecules themselves break down into a surprisingly small number of building blocks. The proteins that make up all of the living things on this planet and ensure their appropriate structure and smooth function consist of only 20 different kinds of building blocks. Nucleic acids, specifically DNA, are even more basic: only four different kinds of molecules provide the materials to build the countless different genetic codes that translate into all…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
Two Science Online 2012 sessions for your consideration
Tomorrow, I head for North Carolina to attend Science Online 2012. I attended last year as an an information sponge and observer who knew no one and experienced some highlights and lowlights . This year, I’m attending as a participant and as a moderator of two sessions. The first session, on Thursday afternoon, is with Deborah Blum , and we’ll be leading a discussion about how and when to include basic science in health and me…
Authored by Emily Willingham on January 17, 2012
Wordless Wednesday: Non-human animals that use tools
Image in U.S. public domain. Via Wikimedia Commons. In addition to the tool-making crow in the video below, many other non-human animals make tools. See this photo series from MSNBC’s LiveScience for more. It even includes an invertebrate, although certainly not the only spineless species to use a tool….
Authored by Emily Willingham on December 28, 2011
Unicorns and Brainbows
Brainbow is a mouse with a rainbow brain. By Jeffrey Perkel A couple weeks ago I wrote about the beautiful world right under our noses, a world visible only under the microscope. The cover image for that post was this picture, a “‘Brainbow’ transgenic mouse hippocampus,” which placed 18th in the 2008 Nikon Small World Photomicroscopy contest. Brainbow technology also won the 2007 Olympus Bioscapes contest, with this be…
Authored by Jeffrey Perkel on May 6, 2013
Autism and the DSM-5
…ial social aspect of this change, and the one thing that might, when it comes to autism, elevate the DSM-5 above the level of doorstop. [Image credit: Dave Bullock, UK, via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 generic license.]…
Authored by Emily Willingham on April 23, 2013
Is the bar high enough for screening breast ultrasounds for breast cancer?
…n controversial. What’s new is the “Are You Dense?” patient movement and legislation to inform women that they have dense breasts. Merits and pitfalls of device approval The approval of breast ultrasound hinges on a study of 200 women with dense breast evaluated retrospectively at 13 sites across the United States with mammography and ultrasound. The study showed a statistically significant increase in breast cancer detection when ultrasound was…
Authored by Emily Willingham on September 21, 2012
No gene is an island: What do scientists mean when they talk about environment and genes?
Nope. This island does not represent your genes. (Source) When you read news stories about what affects a developing human in the womb or how cancer or obesity arises, you probably also see references to genes and environment. Some articles may focus on genes versus environment, or mention that something is “mostly” genetic or that the “environment” contributes to a disorder or trait in some way. What some people…
Authored by Emily Willingham on May 7, 2012
McConnell and mental illness
…y unbalanced” because she was hospitalized “for 42 days” in the 1990s for a “mental breakdown” and because she’s talked about having depression. Had Judd been hospitalized for 42 days 15 or 20 years ago for a brain tumor or a heart condition, no one would go near those parts of her history as a way to try to smear her. But mental illness–again–is an open target, a free-for-all for anyone who wants t…
Authored by Emily Willingham on April 12, 2013
Why blueberries won’t turn you blue and other blueberry facts
…of blueberry nutrition includes it as a source of sugar. One cup (148 g) of blueberries contains about 15 g of sugar and 4 g of fiber, a single gram of protein, and half a gram of fat. If you are counting carbs, this cup has 21 g of them. That one cup of blueberries averages about 85 calories, which is approximately the same as a medium apple or orange. While almost all the vitamins and minerals nutrition gurus like to report on are present to s…
Authored by Adrienne Roehrich on September 3, 2012
Double Xpressions: Jennifer Canale, the self-proclaimed "Flamboyant Scientist"
…Girl Scouts, I was sent to dance school (but, much to my amazement, I enjoyed that until I was 17). My parents started giving in around 3rdgrade, and I got the panda bear-shaped calculator I wanted, as well as the robot toy 2XL featuring the 8-track tape. My mom would beg me to watch Little House On the Prairie, but I preferred Star Trek (the original Kirk version), Lost in Space (Danger Will Robinson), and Land of the Lost. Of course this was…
Authored by Jeanne Garbarino on November 30, 2012