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From Molecular Therapy , (10 July 2012) | doi:10.1038/mt.2012.126

Retargeting Sleeping Beauty Transposon Insertions by Engineered Zinc Finger DNA-binding Domains

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Scientists DO use metaphor to explain, clarify, and present concepts
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Rhetorical figures in science

Rhetorical figures in science | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it

A comprehensive guide to the language of argument, Rhetorical Figures in Science offers a renewed appreciation of the persuasive power of the English language.

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File:Pneumonia strikes like a man eating shark.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File:Pneumonia strikes like a man eating shark.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
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SUMMARY: Poster encouraging citizens to "consult your physician" for treatment of the common cold, showing a shark.

MEDIUM: 1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: [New York] : Federal Art Project, W.P.A., [1936 or 1937]

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Date stamped on verso: Dec 1 1937.
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
Date 8 December 2007 (original upload date)
Source Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Nobunaga24 using CommonsHelper.
Author Original uploader was G716 at en.wikipedia
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New control strategies for 'bipolar' bark beetles

New control strategies for 'bipolar' bark beetles | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Population explosions of destructive pine beetles may be prevented by boosting competitor and predator beetle populations, a new study suggests.
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KBaake

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I am an associate professor of technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University.

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Author of Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science

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Scientists build with DNA bricks

Scientists build with DNA bricks | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have coaxed single strands of DNA to fit together like Lego bricks and form scores of complex three-dimensional shapes, including a teeny-tiny space shuttle.

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Wedge Issue: Climate Researchers Debate an Iconic Climate Study - ScienceInsider

Wedge Issue: Climate Researchers Debate an Iconic Climate Study - ScienceInsider | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
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Ask a Quantum Mechanic

Ask a Quantum Mechanic | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Teleporting data.. time travel.. quantum computers. Sci-fi or science reality? 'Quantum mechanic' Seth Lloyd joins us to talk about the mysteries of the quantum world.
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Lloyd compares quantumness to James Brown and funkyness.

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Genomic 'hotspots' offer clues to causes of autism, other disorders

Genomic 'hotspots' offer clues to causes of autism, other disorders | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that "random" mutations in the genome are not quite so random after all.
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'Glitch’ in pulsar ‘glitch’ theory

'Glitch’ in pulsar ‘glitch’ theory | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have called in to question a 40 year-old theory explaining the periodic speeding up or ‘glitching’ of pulsars. A pulsar is a highly magnetized rotating neutron star formed from the remains of a supernova.
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...from German glitschig, meaning "slippery," and likely entered English through Yiddish form spelled "glitsh."

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Psychologists: Scrooge's transformation parallels real life-changing experiences

Psychologists studied 14 people who had sudden life-changing experiences. They say Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation fits right in. George Bailey from "It's a Wonderful Life" is another realistic movie character who embodies sudden change.
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Fast DNA origami opens way for nanoscale machines

Fast DNA origami opens way for nanoscale machines | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Molecules can now be folded into shapes in minutes, not days.
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New way to look at dawn of life: Focus shifts from 'hardware' to 'software'

New way to look at dawn of life: Focus shifts from 'hardware' to 'software' | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
One of the great mysteries of life is how it began. What physical process transformed a nonliving mix of chemicals into something as complex as a living cell?
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My, what big teeth you have! Threatening objects appear closer

My, what big teeth you have! Threatening objects appear closer | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
When we're faced with things that seem threatening, whether it's a hairy spider or an angry mob, our goal is usually to get as far away as we can.
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Oh, the Red Riding Hood effect.....

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ScienceShot: Fairy Circle Mystery Gets New Explanation | Science/AAAS | News

ScienceShot: Fairy Circle Mystery Gets New Explanation | Science/AAAS | News | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
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Protein origami: Quick folders are the best

Protein origami: Quick folders are the best | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
The evolutionary history of proteins shows that protein folding is an important factor. Especially the speed of protein folding plays a key role. This was the result of computer analysis.
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Chameleon star baffles astronomers

Chameleon star baffles astronomers | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
New observations of a pulsar challenge all proposed pulsar emissions theories, a new study reports. This reopens a decades-old debate about the nature of these bizarre stars.
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Amazon.com: Ken Baake: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Amazon.com: Ken Baake: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Visit Amazon.com's Ken Baake Page and shop for all Ken Baake books and other Ken Baake related products (DVD, CDs, Apparel).
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Rich reflection on metaphor use in science for both knowledge construction and communication. Wonderful.

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The genius of Jodie Foster's speech

The genius of Jodie Foster's speech | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Jodie Foster's 'coming out' speech at the Golden Globes was beautiful, says Sam Leith.
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Not science!  But, these words are all used and defined: (1) Anaphora: repetition of words or a phrase at the beginning of a clause or sentence. (2) Polysyndeton: overuse of conjunctions. (3) Ethos: attempt to establish authority or connection with the audience. (4) Occultatio: a figure that brings in material while pretending not to talk about it. (5) Tricolon: three units of speech put in a row. (6) Peroration: final part of an argument.
(7) Chiasmus or antimetabole: four terms in a criss-crossed relation to each other.

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Study deflates notion that pear-shaped bodies more healthy than apples: Abnormal proteins from buttock fat linked to metabolic syndrome

Study deflates notion that pear-shaped bodies more healthy than apples: Abnormal proteins from buttock fat linked to metabolic syndrome | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
People who are "apple-shaped" -- with fat more concentrated around the abdomen -- have long been considered more at risk for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes than those who are "pear-shaped" and carry weight more in the buttocks, hips...
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Armchair science: Bag and tag glowing galactic clouds

Armchair science: Bag and tag glowing galactic clouds | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
A new galactic game launches today that lets citizen scientists identify the glowing clouds where future stars will be born.
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Bag and tag....like marking species for study in an ecosystem.

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A mathematical formula to decipher the geometry of surfaces like that of cauliflower

A mathematical formula to decipher the geometry of surfaces like that of cauliflower | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Scientists are describing laws that govern the development of certain complex natural patterns, such as those found on the surface of cauliflower.
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Not really a metaphor but how can I resist not posting about cauliflower and topology. 

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Cream of the crop: Sandwich chips combining the best of two technologies

Cream of the crop: Sandwich chips combining the best of two technologies | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Two Leibniz institutes broke new technological ground and successfully combined their -- up to now separate -- technology worlds. Due to their high performance, the novel chips developed within the HiTeK project promise to open up new applications.
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Two!  Cream of crop and sandwich wafer.  Looks rather like an Eggo frozen waffle, too.

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Schrödinger's cat has a light touch: Quantum physics used to observe delicate systems

Schrödinger's cat has a light touch: Quantum physics used to observe delicate systems | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
A new paper introduces a novel way to observe very delicate bodies based on quantum physics.
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Dreidel-like dislocations lead to remarkable properties

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Dreidel-shaped dislocations put a new spin on two-dimensional materials for advanced electronics, hinting at sub-nanometer signal paths.
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How Many Fish Does Gollum Need? | Wired Science | Wired.com

How Many Fish Does Gollum Need? | Wired Science | Wired.com | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
Gollum lives underground where it's cold. How much would he have to eat to keep a constant body temperature?
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Physics blogger Rhett Allain uses Gollum as a way to talk about aspects of physics.  This extended metaphor also teaches modeling a probem.

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Searching for the best black hole recipe

Searching for the best black hole recipe | Metaphor (plus other rhetorical figures) in Science | Scoop.it
In this holiday season of home cooking and carefully-honed recipes, some astronomers are asking: what is the best mix of ingredients for stars to make the largest number of plump black holes?
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