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David Bikard
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Microbiologist and Synthetic Biology enthusiast
Microbiologist and Synthetic Biology enthusiast

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Interesting story. Would you drink milk from a GMO cow if it means less animal suffering?

“Progress in science results from new technologies, new discoveries and new ideas, probably in that order.” Sydney Brenner
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13659.html

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Find the bird!
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If you've ever wondered how Google determines which data to trust in Freebase, this research paper gives a rare glimpse into one of the algorithms used to estimate the quality of individual contributions.

Paper: http://www.ipeirotis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/wsdm2014-cqual.pdf
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RNA interference (RNAi): by Nature Video
RNA interference is a process in which particular gene expression is inhibited by the destruction of mRNA molecule. 
This is used to prevent the infestation of plants by parasites especially nematodes.
In short, this method involves silencing of a specific mRNA due to a complementary dsRNA molecule that binds to mRNA prevents translation (silencing) and eventually destroys it.
RNAi takes place in all eukaryotic organisms as a method of cellular defense.
This video shows RNAi in action beautifully. 

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The Food Lab baked 1,536 cookies to uncover the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe

"Cookies are fickle and the advice out there is conflicting. Does more sugar make for crisper cookies? What about brown versus white? Does it matter how I incorporate the chocolate chips or whether the flour is blended in or folded? How about the butter: cold, warm, or melted?"

check out the science here:
http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2013/12/the-food-lab-the-best-chocolate-chip-cookies.html
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A really cool demonstration of the reversibility of laminar flow
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