Category Archives: Science

Sex With A Neanderthal

If you are of European or of Asian ancestry, there is a big chance that your human ancestors from around 50,000-80,000 years ago exchanged genetic material (read: had sex) with neanderthals somewhere in the middle east, before migrating out to … Continue reading

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

This is from p.10 of my PhD thesis: The above figures (and a significant portion of my research) wouldn’t have been possible without the work of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry: Source: Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen … Continue reading

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Big Meetings

In the conference I recently attended in Vienna, there were two types of presentations. The poster presentation: And the oral presentation: Notice that the presentation is actually projected in 5 panels! It was a conference with thousands of attendees and … Continue reading

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Got Problem? Sleep!

I know it works. But only when I can remember the solution upon waking up! Source: BBC

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Darwin Year 2009

Funny that the cartoons in today’s free issue of City reminded me that this year is the bicentennial (200 yrs) of Darwin’s birthday and the sesquicentennial (150 yrs) of publication of his book “The Origin of Species.” Churchman: We who doubt Darwin’s sick … Continue reading

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The Quadratic Equation

One of my favourite mathematical equations: Either this dude fell asleep during his algebra class and was punished with some henna tattoo, or he is just a plain geek who genuinely marvelled at the beauty of the equation.   

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Intelligent Men = High Quality Sperms

BBC news reports on a recent study published in the journal, Intelligence, about a marginal correlation between intelligence and sperm quality based on data from 425 men who have undergone several intelligence tests and gave semen samples. It may be … Continue reading

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A Picture To Convince You

Some estimates the difference between the human and chimp genomes to be only 2.7%. When I mention this to my undergraduate genomics class every fall semester, I always show this picture on one of my teaching slides. Boy, ’twas not … Continue reading

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Dirty Women

Why am I not surprised? Moral of the story? Wash your hands, especially if you are a woman! Source: BBC News.

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“Glow in the Dark” wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

“To see, is to believe.” That is one of the many mantras of scientific inquiry. Although many scientific theories do not require visual proof, a picture is still worth a thousand words. For molecular biologists, being able to see literally … Continue reading

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