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"We know that the living world depends on sequences of nucleic acids for its existence and ongoing operation. We also know that humans evolved the ability to create, manipulate, and copy acoustic sequences, and later to commit those sequences to the more permanent medium of writing. Finally, we know that our advanced technological civilization is increasingly dependent on storing, moving, and processing bit strings—sequences of zeros and ones. So what is it with sequences?"

Guest post by my dad +Dennis Waters 
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The law/rule distinction is so so important when thinking about biology.
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Natural history museums are great at showing off some very impressive backbones, but at the expense of invertebrates and smaller animals. The Grant Museum of Zoology in London is experimenting with putting small invertebrates, which make up ~95% of animal species, on display by building a backlit chapel of gorgeous microscope slides

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/culturing-science/2013/03/01/micrarium/
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what a fantastic idea, awesome.
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Love this comparison between thrifting and wading through the internet muck -- "There's a billion choices and if you don't have an eye, if you don't care, you end up just spending your time on whatever is presented to you. And in my mind, it's so worth spending a little bit of extra effort on the front end to get so much more reward on the back end."

http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/19/3965166/jesse-thorn-talks-podcasting-put-this-on-and-watchmen
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Dear Pett,
I am sorry,Do you a writer.?What kind of science you usually write it.?Please,answer to me.Ila
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I wrote a new post about treatment options for people with mutations that carry a high cancer risk, such as the BRCA1 breast cancer mutation. It's pretty amazing that such preventative surgery is possible at all and maybe in the future, it will be possible for other types of cancer.
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You may have seen those incredible photos of monstrous sociable weaver nests floating around the net in the past weeks. Why do the birds live together in a nesting colony?

A bit of evolutionary biology for your Tuesday night - 

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/culturing-science/2013/02/19/sociable-weavers/
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* clears throat * - is this thing on?
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Mosh pit psychology. Love it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19335267

ps: HI GOOGLE PLUS
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HII!

Great article. I'm reminded of an interview I heard with a fellow who spent a great deal of time organizing and coordinating security for various events. He shared an anecdote that that serious injuries were far more likely to occur at pop concerts than metal and rock concerts. 
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