Tagged: research blogging

Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: too good a match for the immune system - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Apr 13, 2010

A central premise in conservation genetics is that high genetic diversity is good for a species’ continued survival, and low genetic diversity is bad. This seems intuitively obvious (after all, we all know that you shouldn’t marry your cousin) but actually finding examples in nature where we can say for sure that low genetic diversity has [...] … Read More

Aww, crap. - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 28, 2010

D'em shrews have shat in me again. [caption id="attachment_1782" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="(Souce: Clarke et al, 2009 ; image credit: Chien Lee.)"][/caption] Botanist Dr. Charles Clarke (Monash University, based at Monash’s Selangor campus) has published two research papers showing that the pitchers of mature pitcher plant Nepenthes lowii are opportunistic toilets rather than predatory traps. Carnivorous … Read More

Congratulations Fellow Sciblings - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Feb 26, 2010

Congratulations to our fellow Sciblings who made it to the finals for the Research Blogging Awards 2010. Misc.ience (by Aimee Whitcroft) was nominated for best blog in Chemistry, Physics or Astronomy. The Atavism (by David Winter) was nominated for best lay-level blog. Congratulations to you both (and if I have failed in identifying a sciblogger, [...] … Read More

Getting up to speed with sound localisation - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Feb 25, 2010

Funny how we are really good, for the most part, at knowing where sounds are coming from. And it is funny since the ear provides the brain with no direct information about the actual relationship in space of different sound sources. Instead, the brain makes use of what happens to the sound as it reaches [...] … Read More

[Open] Science Sunday — 31.1.10 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Jan 31, 2010

January has indeed been a month full of events. After attending Science Online 2010 and Linux.conf.au 2010, I am finally back onto my almost normal routine. Science Online 2010 was a great experience, albeit difficulties with flight changes that made me miss the last morning of the meeting. It was great to put some human faces [...] … Read More

How hard can a tuatara bite? - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Jan 06, 2010

As a geneticist, I’m only rarely let out of the lab to chase after my study animal, the tuatara.  I count these occasions as a gift, where I get to feel like a “real” biologist and learn to talk knowledgably about the ecology and habits of tuatara (which, lets face it, are generally of more interest to [...] … Read More

The ever-changing world of dendritic spines - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 18, 2009

Santiago Ramón y Cajal originally described spines in the dendrites of neurons in the cerebellum back in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until the mid 1950’s with the development of the electron microscope that these structures were shown to be synaptic structures. Although it has been known that the number of dendritic spines [...] … Read More

Synapse #fail, Science #win - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Nov 25, 2009

The endbulb or calyx of Held is a very large synapse found in the auditory system. It consists of a very large ‘calyceal’ ending, literally wrapping around the cell body of the postsynaptic neuron. It was first described by H Held in the late 1800’s and has since been shown to characteristically be present in [...] … Read More