Neuracademia : vulgariser les neurosciences avec les moyens d’aujourd’hui

De retour de la pause estivale, j’aimerais repartir cette semaine en vous parlant du projet Neuracademia, initiative de jeunes chercheurs et chercheuses suisses qui a pour objectif de « Mettre les neurosciences au service de tous! ». Tiens, tiens, ça me rappelle quelque chose ça… Ce n’est d’ailleurs pas le seul point commun avec le Cerveau à tous les niveaux. D’abord, le projet de la plateforme est ambitieux puisque huit grandes thématiques qui couvrent de…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part VI: Is working remotely really that great?

As a postdoc/grad student/ECR, have you ever wished that you could work from home on a regular basis? You have probably done this a few times, or perhaps you do it a couple of days a week. Do you find you get more done? It seems great, right? Many non-academic businesses are openly embracing the work-from-home or work-remotely ideology because with today’s technology it is often pretty easy to do so. There’s teleconferencing, VPN connections,…

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Water Is…

“An unforgettable, mesmerizing journey with water that will alter the reader’s perception of the universe forever … I took Nina Munteanu’s “Water Is …” on a journey, an unexpectedly exciting and unusual one. The more I read the book, the more I began to take note of the very presence of water and its impact on the environment around me. Munteanu explains the meaning of water, both in scientific and spiritual terms, in this fun,…

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Using the Solar Eclipse as a Learning Opportunity

A lot of excitement has been generated over the upcoming solar eclipse. I don’t think that a single news outlet, print or video, has neglected this opportunity to weigh in on the topic. What more could I add to the mix? Not much beyond some personal experiences with students. If you want to learn more details about this eclipse or others go to NASA as your first source. Perhaps the giddiness over this 2017 solar…

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What’s noise, what’s Illumina bias, and what’s signal?

The PhD student and I are trying to pin down the sources of variation in our sequencing coverage. It's critical that we understand this, because position-specific differences in coverage are how we are measuring differences in DNA uptake by competent bacteria.Tl;dr:  We see extensive and unexpected short-scale variation in coverage levels in both RNA-seq and DNA-based sequencing. Can anyone point us to resources that might explain this?I'm going to start not with our DNA-uptake data…

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Right Turn: Vacationing on Mars

Hi Loyal Readers, Happy summer! Thanks for your visits all year. I’m on vacation this week, but I thought I’d leave you with something anyway. Next week, I’ll provide some more details about the upcoming blog carnival taking place August 29th. I hope you’ll drop by to read all the interesting blogs and different points of view. No, I’m not vacationing on Mars, but maybe one day.   Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every…

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