Category Archives: random

Pitch: a Guide to the Bacteria and Archaea

Background: inspired by a post by Jonathan Eisen on his blog ‘the tree of life’, I wrote a little post on ‘a Field Guide to the Bacteria’ last year. Both our posts were about the rather megalomaniacal (in a good … Continue reading

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Is every bacterium everywhere?

I posted some excerpts from a paper in progress a while back (How many species of bacteria are there? and Bacteria vs. Animals). Here another post on the question “Is every bacterium everywhere?” (then I will stop and just link … Continue reading

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a lottery system for grant proposals

I read a series of commentaries a couple of weeks ago in Dutch newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’ on the functioning of national research council NWO. As science funding generally works the same across different countries, most of the discussion could be … Continue reading

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OpenROV

I have had the pleasure to be involved with a small internal grant application that has now been rewarded, enabling the purchasing of an underwater robot! This particular Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) is the ‘maker‘ community kickstarter project OpenROV. … Continue reading

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Bacteria vs. Animals

I mentioned a manuscript in a recent post written together with ECEHH colleague Will Stahl-Timmins on ‘The Secret Lives of Bacteria’. In this post, I wanted to highlight one of the figures from this paper highlighting the relationship between mass, … Continue reading

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always have a plan B!

From the Royal Society’s 2010 report ‘The Scientific Century’ via Athene Donald’s blog (via Gabriel Perron via Adam Dunn), which features a highly interesting discussion on what this graph means.

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Gaming for Science

Just a quick link to a Guardian post summarizing a bunch of cool online games that help advance science along the way. The human brain is very good at pattern recognition, sometimes better than computers. Sequence alignment or protein folding … Continue reading

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Teaching

I am currently preparing lectures and a lab practical for a Masters course in Environment and Human Health. A lot of work, but lectures do give you the opportunity to take a step back and identify key concepts in the … Continue reading

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Glass Microbiology

A link to an interesting art project I stumbled across: microbes made out of glass by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram. A short interview here: (bonus points if you notice the BBC’s error in one of the sculpture descriptions!)

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bug sitting

I recently took care of some of ESI colleague Chris Bryans’ bugs while he was abroad attending a conference. His cultures were unlike any other I had seen: two reactors kept bubbling at 80C and a pH of 1.5. My … Continue reading

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