Tagged: quorum sensing

Monday Micro – could microbes help our understanding of the evolution of language? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 28, 2014

It seems far-fetched, but researchers are claiming that microbes could help us understand how language evolved, specifically combinatorial communication, in which two signals are used together to achieve an effect that is different to the sum of the effects of the component parts. Humans use combinatorial communication when we join words together to give a word with a new meaning. Read More

Astrosquid! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 27, 2013

What is the value of blue-skies research? This is a question often asked by politicians and the public. Why should public money be spent funding science that seems to have no obvious benefit beyond generating scientific knowledge? The simple answer is that it can be almost impossible to predict what new avenues that scientific knowledge will open up. Take … Read More

TOSP Episode 6: October 17th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 17, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Featuring yetis, flashing bacteria, space!, brownian motion twists, That’s What She Said, better traffic control (hint: drive slower), nanotech _helping_ cell growth, wired petri dishes, vaccination, whale fall, NZ’s freshwater, and various fabulous eventry! This week, aimee and Elf could happily have talked for hours, [...] … Read More