Spiderbaby's Tunnel of Goats

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Hello World!

Originally from the UK, I now live in the north of Sweden with Crickson

We are scientists :)

I also knit, bake and play the recorder, but not all at once.

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Science resources:

Want to find out about proteins? Try this for starters - RCSB Protein data bank: Molecule of the Month in alphabetical order

Want to find out what is known about any particular gene? Here's a good place to start. - Entrez Gene This is probably my favourite starting point for finding out about a new gene of interest and has handy links to most of the references and sequence information.

Want to find a piece of peer-reviewed scientific research? Want to check the references from an article, or look up the publication record of an expert quoted in a newspaper or blog piece? Try this database. It will give you the abstract (outline) of every paper and will link to the full thing and tell you which articles are free and open-access. - NCBI's PubMed All newly published research is quickly added to this site.

Want to be able to decode DNA? This is how DNA codes for protein, and is, to my eyes, a thing of beauty. - The Genetic Code (presented here as RNA. For DNA, simply replace the U's with T's (Uracil with Thymine)).

And for geeks who need to get out more :) - The PCR Song and another PCR song

Good for your brain: - Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog

It's the little things that keep you going...

At last! Welcome home Lucia :)
About Lucia
Lucia a miscarriage of justice. English translation
Lucia. Other relevant links can be found here
Lucia De Berk - Out but not free - update from Dhamaka
English translation of original (Dutch) site here

Buglife: About Buglife

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I think this is a thimbleberry plant (*Rubus parviflorus*) but no ID on the
beetle yet.

Dhamaka says:

this is lovely

3rd Jul 2008, 22:07

Spiderbaby says:

Apparently they make good jam, so I'll have to keep my eyes open for some of that :)

I've been saving all my glass jars since we moved to Houghton as there are no handy recycling facilities around here, so maybe I could have a go at jam making later in the year.

Here begineth a rant:
The lack of recycling is bothering me somewhat... you can take some cans and bottles back to the shop for your deposit back, which they add on to the price, but for everything else you have to drive it to a recycling centre and pay them to take it off you, or just throw it all away for free. Guess what most people will do. This is why I have a cupboard full of empty tin cans, glass bottles and jars and yoghurt pots.

OK. Rant over.

3rd Jul 2008, 22:15

Dhamaka says:

wow.. that's such a shame
Have to say I got rid of my plastic boxes in favour of glass containers.. mostly jars

3rd Jul 2008, 22:18

hildegard says:

Write one of those "Taken Aback of Britain"* letters to the local rag?
They remind me of dog roses. Purdy.

*(Edit) As in "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells".

3rd Jul 2008, 23:34

Spiderbaby says:

It's tempting... The Daily Mining Gazette does seem to take a 'climate change denier' attitude from what I can tell from its editorial pieces so far, while simultaneously howling about the rising price of fuel. Some of the letters from locals have a bit more common sense about them though.

3rd Jul 2008, 23:51

hildegard says:

Ah, yes, Daily Mining Gazette - I guess the clue's in the title... Ho hum.

Make friends with the local librarians & work on them - don't think you're going to be there long enough to effect a conversion on your own. Librarians are, & always have been one of the great civilizing forces of the United States. Really must get round to getting one of the ALA's "Radical Militant Librarian" Badges... ;)

4th Jul 2008, 01:53

FilbertFox says:

No need to recycle and cut CO2 emmisons and the like! According to China (via New scientist) all the CO2 acts as plant food and makes the planet green and productive.

4th Jul 2008, 08:14

Spiderbaby says:

Librarians. Yes, you are onto something there... Librarians are a real force to be reckoned with over here. I wouldn't cross them.

5th Jul 2008, 19:01