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by mollusk
Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School 2009!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3359

Re: Grad School 2009!!

Congrats all!

I'm curious if anyone else has had a phone interview in applying for grad school. I'm not great on the phone (I like to look at people when I speak to them) and doing an interview was quite awkward. Just curious how common this practice is among graduate programs.
by mollusk
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why Pluto shouldn't/should be a planet
Replies: 67
Views: 9506

Re: Why Pluto shouldn't/should be a planet

Pluto is rightfully banned from being a planet; not only is it tiny, but the "Pluto" theme that got added to the Planets suite after the fact by some guy who isn't Holst completely ruins the worlds first "fade to silence" ending for a musical suite. :P I agree! In fact, I vote f...
by mollusk
Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:22 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: BULLIES ;_;
Replies: 267
Views: 26687

Re: BULLIES ;_;

blackrose wrote:We could always try the Ender Wiggin approach to bullies. It worked in the novel.

/sarcasm


Beating people to death seems like more work than ignoring them.
by mollusk
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is consuming DNA safe? (not what you think. perverts.)
Replies: 39
Views: 5468

Re: Is consuming DNA safe?

You have to be really careful. Things labeled "75% ethanol" often contain methanol, which you definitely don't want to consume. True. You'd definitely want to make it yourself. Most lab supply companies sell 200 proof alcohol w/o additives. On the other hand, I'm still not sure why anyone...
by mollusk
Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is consuming DNA safe? (not what you think. perverts.)
Replies: 39
Views: 5468

Re: Is consuming DNA safe?

I suppose you could isolate it with isopropanol and then wash it with 75% ethanol. It won't dissolve in the ethanol, and consuming a small amount of grain alcohol isn't exactly dangerous.
by mollusk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain development and aging
Replies: 17
Views: 1989

Re: Brain development and aging

Actually, brain cells grow quite a bit through life, and many of them die during early childhood. One popular theory is that they are "scaffolding" of sorts, and that they fail to die in Autistic children. One of the primary symptoms of Autism is a lack of ability to generalize in managin...
by mollusk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School 2009!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3359

Re: Grad School 2009!!

I'm also headed to grad school in neuroscience this fall! I've applied to: UT Austin - Interview UT Southwestern Medical Center - ACCEPTED! Baylor College of Medicine - Interview Johns Hopkins School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania Caltech - Interview I've been working here at UTSW for almost...
by mollusk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Electron Powered Vehicle
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: Electron Powered Vehicle

I can't remember the name of this propulsion method, but if you put a high enough voltage between electrodes in atmosphere, some molecules from air will ionize, the positive ion going one way, and the electron the other way at the same speed. Since the ion is much heavier than the electron, it resu...
by mollusk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Obama Science Agenda
Replies: 25
Views: 2188

The Obama Science Agenda

http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/technology/ I like it. Especially this part: Double federal funding for basic research over ten years, changing the posture of our federal government to one that embraces science and technology. As someone beginning grad school in biology this fall, this is music to...
by mollusk
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0534: "Genetic Algorithms"
Replies: 99
Views: 35768

Re: "Genetic Algorithms" Discussion

Might I recommend a WillingnessToOpenPodBayDoors constant?
by mollusk
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Outsmarting the Genie
Replies: 257
Views: 23713

Re: Outsmarting the Genie

2. I wish that all members of all species taxonomically labelled under the family "Culicidae" would drop dead now. I would suggest specifying that only the family "Culicidae" would drop dead. After all, a meteor destroying all life on Earth would technically satisfy the wish. As...
by mollusk
Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Outsmarting the Genie
Replies: 257
Views: 23713

Re: Outsmarting the Genie

"The Genie must not harm a human being, or through inaction, let a human come to harm."
"The Genie must obey any order given to it by a human being, except when such orders violate the first law."
"Giant Robot."

Asimov, you magnificent bastard! I READ YOUR BOOK!
by mollusk
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Realistic 'Planet Buster'
Replies: 257
Views: 18157

Re: Realistic 'Planet Buster'

Already been done mate, people have cobbled together genes from disparate viruses and made a functioning, reproductive virus. I'll look for the article. Actually, what have been created are artificial genomes. Last I heard (Gibson et al. Dec 2008), we have yet to make these genomes work to produce ...
by mollusk
Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Realistic 'Planet Buster'
Replies: 257
Views: 18157

Re: Realistic 'Planet Buster'

I should be working, but I'm glad people are interested. Oh, oh I can chime in on problems here! 1) The odds of a virus that is capable of infecting people world wide is low, but okay, lets roll with it. what idobox said. Also, the whole point of the bugs is to destroy whoever is left after the viru...
by mollusk
Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Realistic 'Planet Buster'
Replies: 257
Views: 18157

Re: Realistic 'Planet Buster'

I'm a biologist, so I'm coming at this from a different angle than you might want. I've thought about the idea of a two-stage plague that could wipe out almost all life on a planet. Stage one would be a virus-like organism designed to quickly and silently infect as many people as possible and insert...
by mollusk
Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Satriani sues Coldplay over "Plagiarism"
Replies: 40
Views: 4665

Re: Satriani sues Coldplay over "Plagiarism"

They BOTH sound exactly like George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". Cheaters.
by mollusk
Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 33706

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

As long as physicists can still get sick, biologists will have the upper hand. Between our genetically enhanced minions and and the secret longevity treatments, the Biologists are a force to be reckoned with. Seriously though, as a guy with a BS in Biology and the username "mollusk" I felt...
by mollusk
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready to Live Forever? Regeneration
Replies: 39
Views: 4083

Re: Are you Ready to Live Forever? Regeneration

To the people who are bothered by the descriptions of what is done to these animals: The use of animals for research is STRICTLY controled by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Before an experiment can begin, the researcher must describe exactly what will be done to the mice an...
by mollusk
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready to Live Forever? Regeneration
Replies: 39
Views: 4083

Re: Are you Ready to Live Forever? Regeneration

Uhh... I am assuming that they didn't amputate the heart. My guess is that they chemically lesioned the heart, as well as the other organs rather than physically injure them. It would be similar to damage done by a heart attack. I'm curious if they were able to get any of the brain tissue to regene...
by mollusk
Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 49331

Re: "Egg Drop Failure" Discussion

My little brother recently did an egg drop where the only rule was that the "container" had to be the size of a cantelope or smaller. I was very impressed when he cut a cantelope in half, smushed the egg into the center and duct taped the fruit back together.

The verdict?
1 unbroken egg
by mollusk
Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 59708

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

Based on this graph, if one were to use an infinite improbability drive while writing it, one could make a book of nothing but made up words that would be the best thing ever written. What a froody idea that is!
by mollusk
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0461: "Google Maps"
Replies: 146
Views: 35108

Re: "Google Maps" Discussion

I had to share this one. Back in High School, some friends and I were driving to Region band auditions and used yahoo maps to get directions. Sure enough, after a few twists and turns none of us knew where we were until suddenly, we were stopped at a checkpoint by armed Air Force personel. Naturally...

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