The Plastic Brain

My article on RNA, the Queen of Molecular Biology, is out.

MOTHE.R NA.TURE – On Dit – Issue 6!

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‘Good cholesterol’ structure identified, could help explain protective effects

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This is the first sketch of the DNA double helix, drawn by Francis Crick. Read the article here

Reblogged from geneticist.

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This two page teaser is what this blog would look like if I ever turned it into a real-world ‘zine.

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Animal photosynthesis pops up again!

Remember my post back in October about photosynthesis in Salamanders?

http://adenozine.tumblr.com/post/1401001565/mindblowingly-awesome-discovery

Now insects are getting in on the game. To be precise, hornets.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9254000/9254445.stm

They use pigments to generate energy, viz:

“Xanthopterin works as a light harvesting molecule transforming light into electrical energy.”

…I wonder if you could put it in a solar cell?