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Jumping Jammer, Savvy Scientist, Wonderful Writer, Crafty Creator
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Just as I was leaving Finland in 2009, I could see the entrepreneurial world in Helsinki start picking up. I was hoping one of the new firms would be a big item in 2011, but I'll be happy with the great things happening in 2012! And, it's great to see Peter in the picture (move over Stubbe!). He's tried so hard in the past 10 years to support Finnish entrepreneurs. I'm sure he's happy with the new scene!
If you're wondering what's up, I've moved everything to Image from Jason McHuff Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Life blog
How to Grow Your Own Army of Citizen Scientists - ScienceInsider "Astronomy, the oldest science, is one of the few that still has ample room for citizen scientists. We can't all build particle accelerators or experiment with gene splicing, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Life blog
Please excuse the mess. I'm moving the site and, as expected, broken a ton of things. Hopefully it'll all calm down in the next day or two as the DNS resolves and all. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Life blog
How to make your original yeast water Culturing yeast off of raisins, using the raisins as sugar source. Indeed, sima, a lightly fermented spring drink from Finland, is inoculated with packet yeast, but I think originally was inoculated with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Life blog
I'm a film hack. Yeah, some of my short vids have hundreds of thousands of views or even millions, and some (nameless) have contributed to big donations, but I'm still a hack. Last fall I had a very very brief... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Life blog
MIT snags UCSF synthetic biology expert Chris Voigt | San Francisco Business Times "One of UCSF’s brightest young scientists and a key member of the Bay Area’s emerging synthetic biology community is heading east." [via @jrkelly] (tags: synthbio biology science... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Life blog
IBM's Most Disruptive Acquisition Of 2010 Is Netezza -- InformationWeek "I've pulled out from Baum's comments a range of timely ideas that help bring some perspective to the rapidly evolving and often-intersecting areas of data warehousing, purpose-built appliances, business analytics,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Life blog
The Mad Fermentationist: Bohemian Ale (Czech Pilsner Fail) The odd thing is that I too had my smack-pack liquid yeast not really take in my boho pils. Panicked that it'd get contaminated I pitched in some yeast from a bottle... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2011 at Life blog
Microbes I have known and loved: anti-mega Excellent overview of all the ways we use microbes (useful bugs!) in the production of food. I learned that cacao is fermented and a new term SCOBY, "symbiotic colonies of bacteria and yeast".... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Life blog
We Make Getting Fit Easier | Koko FitClub A personalized computerized fitness center, with visual guidance, and a hat tip towards quantified self nuts. Haven't found out if anything can be downloaded or what online tools they have to visualize.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Life blog
The Staph Bug's Achilles' Heel - ScienceNOW "The researchers found 14 that did the trick, but one molecule—named RNPA1000—was especially effective against S. aureus. RNPA1000 killed cells from all 12 major strains of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)." Biochemistry and molecular... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Life blog
Q Microbe - Biomass to Cellulosic Ethanol Conversion - High Yield, Low Cost "A natural biorefinery in itself, the Q microbe, Clostridium phytofermentans, is an anaerobic organism with a unique combination of natural characteristics that dramatically streamline the production of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Life blog
University of Minnesota Biofuels Database 1.16.0 Another one. (tags: biochemistry enzymes pathways science biology biofuels database) University of Minnesota Biocatalysis/Biodegradation Database Cool. I'm starting to find these databases of enzymatic pathways - pick a molecule, find a pathway. Yet, all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at Life blog
UMass Team Discovers Co-Operative Behaviour In Microorganisms | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World "Speaking of their discovery, Derek Lovely said, “We placed the microbes under conditions in which they had to work together in order to survive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Life blog
Bifidobacteria can protect from enteropathogenic infection through production of acetate : Nature : Nature Publishing Group Finding the mechanism through clever sleuthing. (tags: practicalmicrobes bacteria probiotics microbiology genomics genetics biochemistry science biology cool) Metagenomic Discovery of Biomass-Degrading Genes and Genomes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Life blog
The Great Beyond: Picture post: world map of scientific collaboration The world is spiky. And science is a northern endeavor. (tags: visualization maps science collaboration molecularist) Transgenic bacterium sparks row in French schools : Nature News "A row has broken... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Life blog
Gut bacteria steer the development of the young brain | Discover Magazine (tags: bacteria development neuroscience science biology cool practicalmicrobes) Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Life blog
Parasite Invasion Caught on Camera - ScienceNOW Live imaging is the foochur. (tags: intravital imaging biology parisitology malaria science cool visualization) Of course scientists can communicate : Nature News "There are several canards about scientists, but one is more pernicious... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Life blog
Is Tasty Labs the Next Great Social Play? "Tasty Labs wants to create a marketplace or forum in which people can state their needs and available talents." (tags: tastylabs socialnetworking service web) Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Life blog
Nature has a nice wee article (no subscription required to read this one, FTW!) on the state of what one might call "informal" peer review - the challenges and questions to published works that come from blogs and tweets and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Life blog
I mentioned a few weeks back a review in Nature about a trio of scientists studying the contributions of gut microbial ecology in preemies that get necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Sneaky, sneaky, it turns out that a paper on this work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Life blog
Scientists sequence gut microbes of premature infant "Scientists have for the first time sequenced and reconstructed the genomes of most of the microbes in the gut of a premature newborn and documented how the microbe populations changed over time." (tags:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Life blog
VEX Robotics Design System from the makers of HEXBUGs (tags: robotics robots electronics robot hardware diy design tech cool) HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures - HEXBUG (tags: toys robots gadgets technology science fun hardware kids robot robotics cool) Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at Life blog
Just a note that I'll be doing a 5-minute stand-up act at IngiteAmherst at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA). Link: IngiteAmherst: Making stuff Our theme is "Making Stuff". Our valley is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at Life blog