Today’s topics: A self-help group for fly genes with weird names… and more orneriness from proteins…
…and for those interested, scroll down for the latest journal cover featuring you-know-who…
Another entry in the category “Science politics.” Feel free to use or repost with the note, “copyright 2017 by Russ Hodge, http://www.goodsciencewriting.wordpress.com”
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The sleeping beauty transposon, proteins reflect on mortality, and… well, you’ll see!
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sonogram the standard unit for measuring the weight of a sound. Contrary to popular belief, loud sounds are not heavier than soft ones. Weight is determined by pitch: the lowest pipe on an organ, for example, produces a bassogram, which when converted to standard measurements is approximately the weight of an adult whale. By contrast, a sopranogram weighs about as much as a hummingbird.
maternal lineage anything – physical or metaphysical – that binds a daughter to her mother, including the umbilical cord, a leash with a collar, the choice of an inappropriate partner, or various sticky substances found in the refrigerator.
preservation any artificial procedure that extends the shelf life of organic material beyond its natural expiration date, usually to ensure that there will be a supply of food in the future. Various methods are used, including freezing. Humans are often cryopreserved, for example, so that someday they can be cured of diseases, or eaten, depending on the state of society when the electrical grid breaks down.
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optimize to improve the performance of a procedure or machine that has produced inconclusive or fuzzy results by putting on your eyeglasses.
ramification what happens to a door during the springtime if you put a ewe on one side and a male sheep on the other.
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