Science Cards – Two Great Women

After a slew of business trips and a broken piece of software, I’ve finally got the latest–and last*???–science cards for you!

First up is Marie Curie, the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes!  Best known for her work as a pioneer in radioactivity, Curie had a distinguished career that included isolating radioactive isotopes, discovering two chemical elements (she even had one named after her!) and working to cure cancer with radiation. Continue reading

Another Nobel in The Roundup

The 2009 Chemistry Nobel Prize was awarded yesterday for work on identifying ribosome structure.  Whether you’re familiar with them or not, ribosomes are huge (in biology and in life–but not in size).  Basically the ribosome “reads” the DNA and makes proteins.  If DNA is the recipe of life, a ribosome is the chef.

And if that’s of no interest to you, how about bugs? Incredible Insect Macro Photography came across my Twitter feed and I thought you’d love to see these amazing images.

If you’re not following me, obviously you should be.  But why should you read AmoebaMike when you could be keeping up with the Kardashians or following Taylor Swift? (Yes, I <3 Taylor too.)  I read lots of science tweets and distill the very best stuff that I think the average person would find interesting.

I’m trying out this PicApp thing. Thoughts?

Nobel Prize Winners and Burgers in The Roundup

Great research is being done on telomeres, which could give us great insight into aging and cancer. For this, 3 Americans were just awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

If you didn’t catch my tweet, check out this news about crime-fighting bees!

From the Smithsonian‘s tweet, a link to NPR’s article on science island.

As both someone certified in food safety and a guy who just loves burgers, this NYT article is an eye-opener. Remember folks, 155 degrees F for 15 seconds when cooking ground beef!

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