Apr. 6th, 2017

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M and I are gearing up for the Open Water Regatta this upcoming Sunday, so she heaved herself out of bed and over to the BAP for my usual Thursday morning practice time. The water was nice and flat, and we managed to get in a solid workout, wrapping up just as it started to sprinkle.

That made this a 3-for-3 week, for the first time in a long time. And it feels like it. Now I just wish I could curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea while I work on another manuscript review.
rebeccmeister: (cricket)
I'm trying to work on a bunch of concentration-heavy computer tasks these days, blasting through a couple of manuscript reviews, working on manuscript-writing, and analyzing the data from the circadian experiment.

The lab is NOT the ideal place for these projects, but on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, I have undergrads working on various things, so I can't leave. They're pretty independent, but have occasional questions.

White noise is inadequate.

I get one of these, if I could:
http://www.pierreemmanuelvandeputte.com/work/2012/corkhelmet.php

Instead, for now, I'm ruining my hearing with this.
https://youtu.be/qUZfGc_Y6LY
rebeccmeister: (cricket)
Two interesting things that popped up on the Tweet-machine today:

A paper was recently published in the journal Nature showing how groundwater depletion is linked to international food trade. The first figure shows geographic patterns of groundwater stress and which crops are grown. Let's just say the American Southwest isn't looking great. Figure 3 shows how much goes where, and Extended Figure 1 shows historic data from 2000. Fascinating.

Secondly, apparently octopuses and other smart cephalopods employ way more RNA editing than researchers anticipated, compared to all other organisms studied to date. To me, this is a great example of why it's important to study a diverse array of organisms. Nature is more creative and clever than you might think.

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