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It took me a year to write a post and it ended up being the wrong one! I am deleting the last post because it went to the wrong blog. Sorry folks. However, I hope to get back into the swing of things soon. And, for those wondering about that seemingly never-ending project that I was complaining about in August of 2011, it is still going on. {sigh}

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The Global Corporate Challenge

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The challenge starts in ten days. Today, we received our back packs today. As team captain, I have no official responsibilities, but since they went ahead and said I was the captain, I am at least keeping our profile undated.

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Would You Like to Understand What A Cell Membrane Is?

December 24, 2010 2 comments

I work at a science institute, but, in spite of my last name, I’m not actually very good at science. While science isn’t integral to my job, it helps if I know what people are talking about, if only so as not to take a major hit to my ego. (I’ve found that no matter how well I did in school, being around Nobel Laureates makes me feel kind of dumb.)

Anyway, I recently came across a copy of the HHMI report from November of last year and I started reading the article. I will admit up front that I started reading the article because I liked the picture, which was not scientific looking. In big bold letters, across from the intriguingly non-scientific looking picture, the copy read:

Picture a neatly groomed hedge between two houses. On one side, a grassy yard is strewn with jumbles of sandbox toys, half buried dog bones, and plastic cars. On the other side, neat rows of pansies frame a manicured garden. The hedge is a barrier between two worlds. Look closer though, and the border is a busy place. Insects buz through the branches without hesitation and a rabbit has traveled through the underbrush so often that a tunnel has formed. Hands reach across a low gate from one side to the other delivering cookies, wrongly addressed mail, and toys that have leapt the bushes.

The boundary of a living … cell is surprisingly similar to that hedge.

And I got it. I’ve always had trouble understanding how things can get in and out of cells. Not that I thought about it much, but the idea of blood carrying oxygen to the brain for example, never made much sense to me. If the oxygen in the red blood cell, how does it get out of there? And how did it get there in the first place?

Here is the entire story, called Membrane Awakening, but it gets more complicated after that. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t need much more than, “Membranes are like hedges.”

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I’d Better Say Something

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a test. This is only a test. If this were a real blog entry, I would say something pithy and/or fascinating. You have been warned.

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