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Introduction to Science Mastodon

After a first try back in 2020, I’ve recently migrated my account to my new social handle (@bruvellu) and started using Mastodon again. I’m excited about it. Migrating away from Twitter (and other corporate social silos) will be good for the web in general and for science communities in particular. Here’s my introduction to the […]

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Orwell’s Roses goes deep

Orwell’s Roses is a book written by Rebecca Solnit.I heard about it from The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings) in a delightful post about nature, beauty, and things that give us meaning. George Orwell is one of the most influential political writers of the twentieth century. His words had a worldwide impact on authoritarianism during the […]

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UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

UNESCO released a recommendation last year with the first international framework for open science policy and practice. This is something every researcher and institution should be aware of and strive for. Science is an amazing endeavor, but it can be more diverse, inclusive, and fairer. The four pillars of open science Open scientific knowledge (publications, […]

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biology articles

The tardibot

I work with fascinating creatures. Bryozoans, brachiopods, nemerteans, priapulids, echinoderms, acoelomorphs, among others! However, despite their splendor, they are little known. Perhaps because they are small or because they are difficult to find, they remain anonymous among the public. But their charisma is so strong that from time to time one or another ends up […]

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Bryostatin symbiotic origins

Today, I discovered that bryostatin—a promising bioactive compound extracted from bryozoan colonies with potential medical applications for Alzheimer’s, cancers, and HIV therapy—is actually produced by bacterial symbionts:

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Tim Jackson’s economic reality check

“It’s a story about us, people, being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about.”

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Linux in schools

Consider the following breakdown for market share by operating system as of June 2010. “A” … 91%”B” … 4.4%”C” … 1% One could easily assume that “A” is Microsoft Windows, “B” is Mac and “C” is Linux. This list, however, does not include family computers purchased at your neighborhood electronics store. Rather it looks at […]