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Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

If your students are having trouble thinking up an idea for a story, you'll definitely want to check out Writing Prompts for Kids. There are four …

Digital PCR or Quantitative Real-Time PCR: Which Method Is Best for Your Quantitative PCR Application?

So you’re designing a new experiment that requires PCR quantification. You used to have only one method to choose from, but now you have two – …

Medicine

10 Favorite Online Tools for Molecular Biology

What did we do before the internet? And where would we be without handy online molecular biology tools?<p>Apparently in the ‘olden days’ doing a simple …

Atoms

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

What is Digital PCR?

Digital PCR (dPCR) is a quantitative PCR method that provides a sensitive and reproducible way of measuring the amount of DNA or RNA present in a …

Next-Generation Sequencing

The Science Behind 'Brain Training'

Increasing fluid intelligence has proven beneficial for people diagnosed with ADHD, and selling memory improvement is a big business. Are the claims overheated?<p>In 2002, Torkel Klingberg, a psychologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, published a study involving 14 children with attention deficit …

How Bisulfite Pyrosequencing Works

Bisulfite pyrosequencing is becoming a routine technique in molecular biology labs as a method to precisely measure DNA methylation levels right down …

Genetics

Avoiding Plagiarism in Science

I remember when I first learned about plagiarism during my undergraduate course. The lecturers were so firm in telling us that if we got caught …

Writing

A Primer for Designing Degenerate Primers

For those of us who work with <i>Mus musculus</i> or <i>Homo sapiens</i>, to name a couple of species, a few clicks on UCSC Genome Bioinformatics Site or Ensembl …

Biology

Random Sample

AAAS login provides access to <i>Science</i> for AAAS members, and access to other journals in the <i>Science</i> family to users who have purchased individual …

Science

Open Access Vultures

If ideas are born as a heresy and die as superstition, many enterprises are born for the bettering of humanity and serve as a source of scam at a …

Vultures

8 Essential Papers and Reference Guides for Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

It can be daunting to learn about a new topic when you look at the literature and realize that thousands of papers have been published on the topic. …

Clinical Trials

A (very) Short History of Histology

Some recent conversations I have had got me to thinking about bioscience students and their first encounter with the word and the world of …

Homemade

What is PCR? - The Beginner's Guide

PCR is THE technique of modern molecular biology labs. If you need to copy, sequence or quantify DNA , you need to know PCR. In short, PCR …

San Francisco

How to Deal With a Failed Experiment

<i>Scientific success</i> is often defined by how well your experiments progress and the results you produce. However, <i>scientific research</i> is driven by a …

Schadenfreude

MITIE: Simultaneous RNA-Seq-based transcript identification and quantification in multiple samples | Bioinformatics | Oxford Academic

Differential expression analysis for sequence count data<p>Detecting differential usage of exons from RNA-seq data<p>Accurate identification of a-to-i rna …

Some things R can do you might not be aware of

Jeff Leek 2013/12/30<p>There is a lot of noise around the “R versus Contender X” for Data Science. I think the two main competitors right now that I …

Play

Jackie Gerstein<p>From Jackie Gerstein's resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we'd like to instill in our students. The …

Alternatives to Paraffin: Cryo and Resin Embedding and Sectioning for Histology

In most areas of research, the chances are that you have done some kind of histology and most probably used paraffin-embedded tissue. However, the …

DIY

9 Top Education Longreads of 2013

Some­times, it takes a longer art­icle to il­lu­min­ate something as com­plex as edu­ca­tion in Amer­ica. Here are nine art­icles that the Next …

Education

This Chart Makes A Joke Out Of The American Dream

One prominent feature of the American Dream is the ability of people to move up and down income groups. This is called economic mobility. In a society with perfectly equal opportunity, a person born in the top quintile should have just as high a chance of finishing there as a person born in the …

Paolo Creative Toy

Paolo is a toy after my own heart. Totally modular and slightly goofy. Each Paolo box comes with 122 durable figure pieces and 50 plug-in connectors …

Top 10 coolest high tech toys for kids

1. Sphero 2.0<p>The Sphero 2.0 robotic ball is what every little ball might aspire to be, if it could but dream. You can take it for a jog, see it swim …

Kids

The Best Education Posts of 2013

• Show and tell<br>• Tap into prior knowledge<br>• Give time to talk<br>• Pre-teach vocabulary<br>• Use visual aids<br>• Pause, ask questions, pause, review<p>Each scaffolding strategy …

Loman Labs · Research group at the University of Birmingham

25 May 2018<p>DNA extraction strategies for nanopore sequencing<p>Joshua Quick and Nicholas J. Loman<p>Institute of Microbiology and Infection, School of …

A landmark study suggests Britain’s children are lagging behind the developed world in maths, reading and science while the Far East rockets ahead – despite billions of pounds of spending under Labour. Does the secret to success lie in pushy parents? http://fw.to/AsOX0II

3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

The answer is to have them produce ideas without writing at all. That’s right, the way to get hesitant writers to produce as much writing as they do …

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set …