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So this is what I've been up to - cruising on a research ship in the Pacific ocean near Tonga, helping operate a robotic submersible collecting hydrothermal vent samples....here's our research blog!
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The World Health Organization has released a report, detailing some alarming findings in regard to antibiotic resistance.

"The report makes a clear case that resistance to common bacteria has reached alarming levels in many parts of the world and that in some settings, few, if any, of the available treatments options remain effective for common infections."

Read more from WHO and see an info graphic within: http://goo.gl/iLPs2Y
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This week in Science, researchers show that myelin distribution is diversified, and signature myelin profiles appear in different neocortical layers. Myelin encapsulates the axons of neurons and is crucial to normal function in the mammalian nervous system. It allows electrical impulses to travel quickly and efficiently by reducing sodium leakage and utilizing saltatory conduction. Action potentials hop along Nodes of Ranvier, where myelin is missing from the axon and voltage-gated ion channels are present, in order to regenerate the action potential at the next node. The degradation of myelin sheath is a trademark of many neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis. Current research is focused on understanding the structure of myelin, and big projects focus on the regeneration of myelin (it does not regenerate, hence numerous myelin-based disorders). 

Article: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6181/319.full.pdf

#neuroscience #axon  
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+Jonathan Cruz in terms of this study they were mainly looking at the structure and distribution of myelin and making comparisons. Did you check out the article? Pretty pictures abound. That's mostly why I shared it ;P
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Here are the final pictures I took on the SEM and they highlight exactly what I was looking for! Note how much longer the cells grown at 60C are from the 45C and 50C. This bug changes its length at different growing conditions.  #science   #microscopy  
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Happy snow day! 
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Hello interwebs! I'm raising money for an upcoming school trip to Costa Rica. I know I wouldn't care about donating unless there were some goodies attached so I'm offering lots of rewards! By helping me pay for this trip you're helping me graduate next year! Stay tuned, I'm hoping to get some crafty endeavors underway soon.
¡Hola amigos! I've enrolled in a class that I'm very excited about. This summer I'll be going to Costa Rica for several weeks and participating in an amazing course where I get to work on a local biodynamic farm and live with a local family. Once my class ends I hope to spend an extra week in the...
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This one's for you +Jonathan Cruz. Todd Terje - Svensk Sas: http://youtu.be/q-KGPPlAIK0
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PNNL's 2014 Science as Art contest launches Monday, April 21 ... and YOU will determine our winners. Visit and follow our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/PNNLgov) where your votes will be cast by "liking" our researchers' science images. Voting starts Monday and closes at noon PDT on Friday, April 25th. 

The more voters, the better … so please SHARE this post with friends and colleagues! 

Shown here is a Science as Art image from our 2011 contest: Lepidote scales that impart Russian Olive leaf surfaces with a silvery sheen. PNNL researchers captured this image using a Scanning Electron Microscope. To see entries from recent years, visit our Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/pnnl/ 
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This is a great read about disease transmission and safety in laboratories. Some may argue that some pathogens shouldn't be studied and modified because of the danger involved but I think it calls attention to the need for improved research on isolation and detection techniques.
A version of this essay originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The public health danger posed by potentially pandemic-causing viruses escaping from laboratories has become the subject of considerable discussion, spurred by “gain of function” experiments. The ostensible goal of these experiments—in which researchers manipulate already-dangerous pathogens...
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A pocket-sized piece of folded paper could revolutionize global health and science education.
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Today I finally got some good images of the bacterium I've been working with!
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If you like geology puns you should probably read the comments on this article.
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If only one never had to trawl down past the other awful strata in those news comment sections. So much stress...from the plates moving against each other.

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