Astronomy

The Year in Astronomy 2013 Announcement

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013

Boy oh boy has it been an exciting year in space science and astronomy! To celebrate these events and anticipate what will be happening in 2014, Tony Darnell and I will be hosting...

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Biology

The Hallmarks of Cancer: 4 – Limitless Replicative Potential

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013

This post originally appeared on the Scientific American Guest Blog. The Hallmarks of Cancer are ten underlying principles shared by all cancers. The previous Hallmark of Cancer...

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Broadcasts

Crowdfunding for Research and the SciFund Challenge

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014

Yesterday Scott and I co-hosted our first Hangout on Air for 2014 by joining up with Science on Google+ and SciFund. Joining us was Alisa Woods from Clarkson University, a...

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Open Access

How to Build an Eye – Nature’s Toolkit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013

I came across a paper today with this fantastic image that I simply had to write about. Its another Open Access paper, published in PLOS Biology. The image shows an eye from a...

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Recent Posts

Hubble Hangouts: The Orion Nebula

Hubble Hangouts: The Orion Nebula

Oct 13, 2013

On 13 & 14 October, The Space Telescope Science Institute will host a workshop dedicated to the Orion Nebula. Talks and smaller presentations will discuss everything the wealth of ground-based and Hubble observations have taught us about this famous landmark in the sky. Tony Darnell and Scott Lewis will host a Google+ Hangout On Air event while a set of...

The Hallmarks of Cancer: 2 – Insensitivity to Antigrowth Signals

The Hallmarks of Cancer: 2 – Insensitivity to Antigrowth Signals

Sep 27, 2013

This article originally appeared on the Scientific American Guest Blog. The Hallmarks of Cancer are ten underlying principles shared by all cancers. You can read the first Hallmark of Cancer article here. The Second Hallmark of Cancer is defined as “Insensitivity to Antigrowth Signals”. Before I explain how failure to respond to antigrowth signals...

Space Fan News #112

Space Fan News #112

Sep 18, 2013

In this week’s episode of Space Fan News, we talk about the exciting news of Voyager I entering interstellar space and learn about the new three-dimensional model of the interior of our Milky Way Galaxy. Here are the links for this week’s news stories: Voyager 1 in interstellar space...

Impact Factor: An ‘improper’ fraction?

Impact Factor: An ‘improper’ fraction?

Sep 4, 2013

When we think of  improper fractions, examples like  4/3 or 19/5 come to mind, where numerator is larger than the denominator, making it a bit “top heavy”. There’s another fraction that gets a lot of attention in the academic circles. This fraction is either praised as a gold standard of success or treated as improper with a different...

The Hallmarks of Cancer: 1 – Self-sufficiency in Growth Signals

The Hallmarks of Cancer: 1 – Self-sufficiency in Growth Signals

Aug 30, 2013

The Hallmarks of Cancer are ten anti-cancer defense mechanisms that are hardwired into our cells, that must be breached by a cell on the path towards cancer. The First Hallmark of Cancer is defined as “Self-Sufficiency in Growth Signals”. What does this mean? Before I explain how growth signals are intimately involved in the development of cancer,...

The Hallmarks of Cancer

The Hallmarks of Cancer

Aug 25, 2013

In 2002, Robert Weinberg and Douglas Hanahan published a review article in the journal Cell titled “The Hallmarks of Cancer”. It was a seminal paper in every sense of the word; downloaded 20,000 times a year between 2004 and 2007, with over 15,000 citations in other research papers. Why is this paper so important? Cancer, as we know by now, is an...

Virtual Star Party | 25 Aug, 2013

Virtual Star Party | 25 Aug, 2013

Aug 25, 2013

Tonight’s Virtual Star Party is now live! Joining us tonight is Gary Gonnella, David Dickinson, Mark Behrendt and Thad Szabo sharing their views and talking all things astronomy!

No Neuron is an Island

No Neuron is an Island

Aug 24, 2013

No neuron is an island. It comes as no surprise that the cells that are responsible for something as profound as our thoughts, feelings and movements require a lot of support and nurture. Neurons are supported and protected by cells known as ‘glial cells’. Glial cells have many functions, including but not limited to helping maintain a constant...