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Finding Balance

After taking a thoughtful break from posting (aka being busy and not writing), I find myself today with an unexpected afternoon off, and thought it would be a great time to reconnect with my blog.   1,203 more words



“What if you were told that you could cheat death by having your veins filled with chemicals, before being hung upside down in a sleeping bag inside a freezing vat of liquid nitrogen, to be resurrected in decades or centuries to come?” 2,255 more words


X is for X-ray, or just funny bones

In spite of the Whipple Library having very little in its special collections about the X-ray, I believe it is still worth making a note of this remarkable discovery which had an influence on later scientific disciplines (DNA diffraction pattern) as well as contributing to the up and coming radiology and radiography. 106 more words

19th Century,

Identifying Bacteria with MALDI-TOF MS Methods

By Caleb Sooknanan

Detecting microbial agents that cause bloodstream infections is a common task in clinical microbiology laboratories. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has become one of the most effective bacterial identification methods in recent years, but the corresponding kit for preparing samples is very expensive. 376 more words


DOs and DON'Ts of Food to keep Kidney Stones at bay

‘A stitch in time saves nine’, goes the old saying. Due to its lesser incidence, most people do not pay much attention to the silent crouching danger that kidney stones (renal calculi) pose to health, but then again, why worry when they are easy to avoid with just a few dietary precautions? 866 more words


The End of an Era (Sort of)

Getting into writing mode has been difficult recently – sitting on the sofa with a laptop isn’t the most inspiring way of doing things. I’ve created a workspace for myself, sacrificing a significant proportion of the kitchen/livingroom in an attempt to mix things up. 629 more words