RNA-based electron transport–keeping the RNA world hypothesis alive!

RNA-based electron transport--keeping the RNA world hypothesis alive!

A Georgia Tech Team has discovered that RNA interacting with iron (an abundant element int he primordial world) can actually serve as the basis for electron transport. As you know, the ETC plays a critical role in the biochemistry of living things. Now knowing that RNA can function in this important role further pushes the importance of an amazing question: what CAN’T RNA do?


Cambrian Fossil Linked to Actor Johnny Depp

Cambrian Fossil Linked to Actor Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp–yes, the swashbuckling, Kentucky native–has found his place in paleontological history. A fossil of an early ancestor to both scorpions and lobsters has been found with claws like “scissor hand[s].” Keep going with the connection… Scissor hands, Edward, Edward Scissor Hands… played by actor JOHNNY DEPP. The scientist who discovered the remains of this little critter has christened it Kooteninchela deppi (pronounced Koo-ten-ee-che-la depp-eye) after the much loved, often over the top Mr. Depp.

“If scientific …

“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.”

Guess who said this? As a hint, this post is almost exclusively directed to Musings of an Almost Biology Major. (I don’t think the @ feature works here…)

Guys, it’s your turn…

Guys, it's your turn...

I’m posting this for two reasons: first, I love the science and story of this much-needed innovation; second, you’ll be hearing much more about this from K-Hizzle and I on Tuesday. Read, love, and guys, please don’t be too afraid.


I don’t know if anyone else in the class is as interested in post transcriptional regulation as I am, but I figured that everyone should be :). This link goes out to a Genetics review paper by Roy Parker, a eukaryotic mRNA guy at CU Boulder. If you haven’t had Molecular Genetics, I still think this article is accessible and easily understood. Enjoy!

Getting Nosey.

Getting Nosey.

For those of us who have allergies, this may be a fruitful enterprise! Yes, I know that it is directed at kids, but science turns us all into kids at heart, right?

Another Must Listen to RadioLab Podcast



If you like this image, prepare for things to get a little wilder. 

For what it’s worth, I had to go on a road trip this weekend. I listened to a LOT of RadioLab.

Mary Jane Distracts from Pain


Mary Jane Distracts from Pain

Contradictory to popular belief, marijuana does not seem to be a pain killer. Instead, it seems to function as a pain distractor. Read on to find out about chili peppers, THC, and not giving a flying horse crap about your burning hand

“Life need not …

“Life need not be easy provided only that it was not empty.”

Lise Meitner, nuclear physicist, is best known for her work on radioactivity and nuclear energy (maybe in the form of a bomb, but we won’t go there…)

As I look around in our class, I see many women of extraordinary talent, wit, and creativity. Let yourself be inspired by great women scientists before you, but also don’t let yourself feel inferior. We are all unique and differently gifted. For those of us who are not capable of being nuclear physicists, there still exists enormous potential for greatness.

To you, Lise Meitner and to the wonderful ladies in Innovations.

Promoting Sexual Education One Species at a Time


Propagating Sexual Education One Species at a Time

Yesterday I posted what I considered to be jaw-dropping info about kinky animals. Well, today will be no different. When one searches “animal sex” on Google, many search results lead you down, err, unscientific paths. But, look for just the right link and the entire eye-opening world of animal bedroom behavior lies at your fingertips.

Why is this so intriguing to me? I’m not quite sure. Perhaps it has to do with fleshing out the personalities of our neighbors in the animal kingdom. Maybe it has to do with seeking a simple, tasteless laugh. But whatever the case, I bet you haven’t spent much time pondering virgin births, sneaky penises, and the the immune-boosting effects of getting around since Sunday school, high school dances, and your last case of mono, respectively… I think.

Take a peak at this link and scroll to the headlines at the bottom of the page. You want it? It’s there. You don’t want it, I don’t blame you. You’re probably not ready for this jelly.