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Richard Wheeler
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Moving in a straight line - sounds simple, right?
One hundred years ago Asa  Schaeffer blindfolded his friend and challenged him to walk in a straight line. He did three loops of a spiral, before tripping over a tree stump. This wasn't a cruel prank, it was an experiment, and all people are surprisingly ba...

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Molecular Cell Biology of Protozoan Parasites - Ghana 2017
Things change fast in Ghana! Three years ago, I helped teach a course for young African scientists in the  University of Ghana  in Accra. This January I got the chance to do the same again, and it has been fantastic. The University of Ghana is becoming a ce...

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Tryptag.org
The website for one of my new major research projects is now live! TrypTag .org TrypTag is a project to tag every gene in the trypanosome genome with a fluorescent marker to see where it goes in the cell. Do you have no idea what I'm talking about? Read on ...

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Looking at the structure inside cells
How complex and structured is the inside of a cell? It's hard to imagine, but the internal organisation of cells is typically precisely controlled by molecular skeletons and scaffolds, giving cells the shape they need to function. We can discover the 3D org...

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Ergodic Analysis
My review paper about ergodic analysis came out on Thursday. Does ergodic analysis sound terrifying? It's actually quite a simple concept; it is a powerful method for extracting information about the dynamics of a cell division cycle from a single snapshot ...

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Pebbling in colour
The Pebble Time is finally out! This fantastically simple, yet massively functional, little smartwatch is now shipping to the  Kickstarter  backers who pledged their renewed support to the company that produced the original Pebble . I've been lucky enough t...

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Light-Years of DNA
Light-year, and DNA. Not two scientific terms you expect to see on the same page, but over your lifetime your body will produce around one light-year of DNA! That is about one trillion kilometres. Don't believe me? Let's do some maths: Every cell in your bo...

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Solar Eclipse
[Obligatory partial solar eclipse post, as seen from Dresden, Germany]

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Smooth Videos - AKA Correcting NASA
What makes a video look smooth? Your eye is extremely sensitive to problems with videos, and for any video to look smooth it has to have: A high frame rate A steady camera Roughly even brightness each frame Normally these are easy to get. Any modern camera ...
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