Archive for November, 2006

Limb Regeneration

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

This morning’s Wall Street Journal had a brief article about some really interesting research done at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. Working with chickens, scientists have demonstrated that higher vertebrates can regenerate limbs. Their experiments involved cutting off a chicken’s wing while it was still at the embryo stage, then using […]

New and Old Approaches Co-exist

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

There were reports in the news today about progress being made in reconstructing the genetic code of Neanderthals. Scientists are hopeful that they will soon know the entire DNA sequence of the closest relatives humans have ever had. This work has been made possible by incredible advances in the machines that sequence snippets of DNA. […]

Good Quip

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Tonight I was flipping back and forth between the Gopher hockey game and a Saturday Night Live rerun.  At one point I arrived at the SNL channel just as a character said: “It’s not like this is rocket surgery.”

Tundra Swans

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Today Pat and I went to Riecks Lake in Alma, Wisconsin to see Tundra Swans.  A few photos from this trip can be seen here.

Way Beyond Leeches

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

There was a story in the NY Times Science section today about the use of electricity to block migraines.  The article starts out with the claim that in ancient Rome people with intense pain in their heads were sometimes treated with jolts from the black torpedo fish, also called the electric ray. One question I […]

Fall Photography in Wisconsin

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

This morning I went over to Grantsburg, Wisconsin to photograph sandhill cranes at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge. It was 15 degrees when I got to Grantsburg, but at least there was very little wind. Got some nice shots of the cranes, both at the refuge and around Grantsburg, as well as pictures of Canada […]