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Apparently they do . . .too bad it doesn’t carry over to behavior. My dogs, who are much better looking than I am, also behave really well!

man-dogGo figure . . .

By Katherine Harmon in 60-Second Science Blog

read it here–on Scientific American, of course


For those of you revising your work, check out Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.  Let’s get the passive voice out of those sentences and eliminate use of the second person pronouns before it’s too late!

Of course, you can always visit the University Writing Center for a fresh pair of faculty eyes to help you spot patterns of grammatical error and areas for improvement. They’re extremely helpful both on critical and organizational levels. They can also assist you with more effectively integrating source material into the body of your writing and to appropriately contextualize that material with the reader in mind.

Check with me before making an appointment, and I’ll reccomend a tutor best suited to your writing.

Most of you have already heard of the Purdue Owl by now, yet another great timesaving online resource for working out those pesky bugs in your writing . . .


Nature 457, 1058 (26 February 2009) | doi:10.1038/4571058a; Published online 25 February 2009

It’s good to blog

More researchers should engage with the blogosphere, including authors of papers in press.

Is blogging a part of science, journalism or public discourse? In fact it may be all of these — an ambiguity that can sometimes leave scientists feeling uncertain about the rules of the game.

Read more . . .

From the New York Times “Home & Garden” section, December 31, 2008.
By Eric Konigsberg

IT TAKES TWO MissyToo, left, and Mira, clones from the same dog, share a love of chicken, which they wait for here. Heidi Schumann for the New York Times

IT TAKES TWO MissyToo, left, and Mira, clones from the same dog, share a love of chicken, which they wait for here. Photo by Heidi Schumann for the New York Times.

THE most difficult thing about the cloned puppies is not telling them apart, but explaining why they don’t look exactly alike. This was the problem Lou Hawthorne faced on a recent afternoon hike with Mira and MissyToo, two dogs whose embryos were created from the preserved, recycled and repurposed nuclear DNA of the original Missy, a border collie-husky mix who died in 2002.

To be sure, they have a very strong resemblance to each other and to Missy. It’s just that sometimes, as soon as people hear that the dogs are clones, the questions start coming:

“Why is one dog’s fur curlier?”

“Why aren’t the dogs the same size?”

“Why is one of them darker?”

“Why does this one have a floppy ear?”

Mr. Hawthorne, who is 48, is highly invested in the notion of likeness. With clones, after all, what good does similar do? It is Mr. Hawthorne’s biotech company, BioArts, which is based here in the Bay Area but has arrangements with a laboratory in South Korea, that performed the actual cloning.


This Wikipedia site lists mind mapping software . . .

For an explanation of mind mapping history, check out the explanation here: