How to Build an Eye – Nature’s Toolkit

How to Build an Eye – Nature’s Toolkit

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 human, mouse, zebrafish and a fruitfly. It also shows what happens when an important gene in eye development, pax6 is mutated. It’s fascinating that despite all these differences...

Interview with Amy Robinson – 16 June, 2013

Interview with Amy Robinson – 16 June, 2013

Jun 12, 2013

Ever wonder what it’s like to give a TEDx talk? How about working at MIT? How exciting is it working on a project that allows people from across the world to map neuron through a video game? These are but a few questions that my co-host Buddhini Samarasinghe and I will be asking Amy Robinson on the 16th of June. Buddhini and I will be together in San...

VSP Photo Contest Winners

VSP Photo Contest Winners

May 29, 2013

M45 – Mike Rector M104 – Cory Schmitz Solar Eclipse – Kevin Franklin Luna – Russell Bateman Comet Lemmon – Paul Stewart IC1848 – Steven Coates Jupiter Comet PANSTARRS – Russ Vallelunga In the second week of May, we at the Virtual Star Party on Google+ decided to hold a contest. Every week, we have a live show where we...

Where’s Mars’s Atmosphere?

Where’s Mars’s Atmosphere?

Jan 20, 2013

Tonight on Google+ I was made aware of an article from Popular Science that was published on their site almost two years ago, speaking of terraforming Mars and what we need to do in order to make that possible. TL:DR + Adding carbon dioxide to Mars’s atmosphere won’t warm it more than it already is. + There’s more to keeping an atmosphere than...

Dr. Strangedoom

Dr. Strangedoom

Dec 21, 2012

OR: How I learned to stop worrying and love the axial tilt