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On Scrappy Advice Tuesday

@Roxanne Rholes Yeah, when I live with someone or hang out with them often I find myself caring more about how I look and how my home looks, as well as cooking meals more often and going out to do fun things more often. When I'm alone I spend most of my time in the bath reading books and I learn how to "not see"' that pile of dirty clothes on my floor or dishes in my sink. Other people are so much more motivating than the insides of my head.

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm 0

On Liquid Nitrogen: Still Liquid Nitrogen

@DH@twitter It's more or less safe! I mean, make sure no one swallows any dry ice, but drinking the liquid around it is totally fine. The main danger would be if people were *really* drunk and didn't notice themselves swallowing a piece. Our (biology) department has an annual party that involves something similar to your "witch's brew", and no one has been harmed by the ice so far. The alcohol, on the other hand...

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm 0

On Liquid Nitrogen: Still Liquid Nitrogen

@Ti:Sapph maybe? But drinking vodka that has been chilled even to some fraction of the temperature of liquid nitrogen could definitely cause damage. Also, it may not cause frostbitten immediately, but pouring LN2 on yourself freaking HURTS (I speak from accidental experience).

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm 1

On The Agonizing Ecstasies of Male Contraception

@Lola McClure I'm curious: what are the reasons? I certainly appreciated it when I was offered it during my IUD insertion.

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm 0

On The Agonizing Ecstasies of Male Contraception

@brigid j barry@twitter Yep! In the clinic I went to in Vancouver, Canada (where I live and got my IUD even though I am American), they use it regularly. I think it is the same stuff the dentist uses on your gums? I remember the name sounding familiar.

Oh Canada! I love thee. Especially for not being crazy about sensible (reproductive) health care.

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm 0

On What Does a Scientist Look Like?

@MollyculeTheory They look like me! I guess I look like how you'd expect a scientist to look. (Which is good, 'cause I'm a scientist)

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm 0

On Graceland Turns Twenty-Five

@HeyThatsMyBike That's my favorite line of the whole album! It always makes my next breath feel a little tighter and more important, if that makes sense?

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm 2

On The Fungus Among Us

@Xanthophyllippa currently sunflowers (mainly this one: http://www.zombiejuice.com/weedsworth/plants/asteraceae/Helianthus_argophyllus.html)

Can you link me to the story of S. marcescens? I am very interested!

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:46 pm 0

On The Fungus Among Us

@Xanthophyllippa Are you a microbiologist? Or a microbe enthusiast? Either way, nice to meet you. I'm an evolutionary biologist but generally I only work with the big things.

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm 0

On The Fungus Among Us

That pink stuff is a bacteria (probably Serratia marcescens, http://www.zandair.com/library/Pink-Bacteria/), not a fungus! It was excluded because of kingdomism.

Mmmmm bacteria.

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm 0