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Never send for whom the budget tolls, it tolls for thee: an open letter Part II.

Never send for whom the budget tolls, it tolls for thee: an open letter Part II. | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
The sixty years between World War II and September 11, 2001 were unparalleled for discovery and innovation even though they were fueled by fear. First, fear of Japan, Germany, and later Russia. Aft...
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Useful Products Engineered into E. coli "Poop" (Thank Goodness)

Useful Products Engineered into E. coli "Poop" (Thank Goodness) | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I can't sit back and let the internet become saturated with misleading phrasing regarding by-products genetically engineered into E. coli metabolism. The latest sensation stems from the commercial ...
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New meaning to the term "gut feeling": gut bacteria and the brain

New meaning to the term "gut feeling": gut bacteria and the brain | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
  We've been told for years that our body is composed of cells, human cells. We've also heard about the 'good' bacteria that inhabit our bodies and help us digest different types of food and c...
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Illustration: Synthetic Biology; Turning bacteria poop into a hot commodity

Illustration: Synthetic Biology; Turning bacteria poop into a hot commodity | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Related articles New Illustration: Yeastie Boys, a powerhouse for synthetic biology (mhrussel.wordpress.com) Illustration of the world of synthetic biology: a new phase in science (mhrussel.wordpre...
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Friend and Foe: Illustration of common blue-green algal species Microcystis

Friend and Foe: Illustration of common blue-green algal species Microcystis | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Sometimes in nature it's not what you are but who you are. A great example of this is the cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from the genus Microcystis. They are common in freshwater habitats. Some o...
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Illustration of a bacterium that poops electricity and can save the world: Geobacter

Illustration of a bacterium that poops electricity and can save the world: Geobacter | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
      Related articles Myth: Week 4 organism Geobacter (mhrussel.wordpress.com) Animated GIF: Extracellular electron transfer to soluble iron. Example of Geobacter respiration (mhrus...
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Living at the Boiling Point: What we can learn from extreme heat-loving microbes

Living at the Boiling Point: What we can learn from extreme heat-loving microbes | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Thanks to the decreasing costs of sequencing genomic DNA, finding novel microorganisms that add to our understanding of metabolism in myriad environments is becoming common place. Not only are we l...
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Gotta give it up to algae; I wouldn't want to live in wastewater: Illustrated Chlamydomonas

Gotta give it up to algae; I wouldn't want to live in wastewater: Illustrated Chlamydomonas | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
    Related articles Illustration of the world of synthetic biology: a new phase in science (mhrussel.wordpress.com) Bees, Biofuels and Blennies: A Glimpse of Ecological Research at UCSD ...
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Taking Science to the People

Taking Science to the People | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
A blog about science, education, technology, and climate change
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Long time, no post: illustrations and ramblings

Long time, no post: illustrations and ramblings | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
  Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Lots of 'fun' at Disney World and a big pickup in stuff to do at work. From what I have been working on, I am seeing lots of great things coming...
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For the Inner Artist in All of Us: Illustrated Bacterium

For the Inner Artist in All of Us: Illustrated Bacterium | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
      This one is for you, Jac. Related articles New Image Page (mhrussel.wordpress.com) Image: E. coli on cellulosic biomass (mhrussel.wordpress.com) A proud day: I did it! Scene 1 ...
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Soil: an under-appreciated dynamic consortium of communities. Part 1?

Soil: an under-appreciated dynamic consortium of communities. Part 1? | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Quick fact: the amount of data generated by analyzing the genetic make-up of 1 gram of soil would surpass the total for the entire Human Genome Project. That is because a gram of soil may contain b...
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Image: E. coli on cellulosic biomass

Image: E. coli on cellulosic biomass | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I finally rendered a somewhat satisfactory image of E. coli degrading cellulosic biomass to go along with my last post. Related articlesGerms, for lack of a better word, are good. Germs are right. ...
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Never send to know for whom the budget tolls, it tolls for thee: an open letter Part I.

Never send to know for whom the budget tolls, it tolls for thee: an open letter Part I. | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
To whom it may concern,This letter is for any and all that have a genuine interest in the future of our country. Many whose livelihood and passion dwells under the umbrella of Research & Develo...
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What do you say when #sequester eliminates your position?

What do you say when #sequester eliminates your position? | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Warning: this will be a personal post with not much in the way of explaining scientific wonders.   I had just graduated with my Ph.D. and was in the job market; ready for an exciting post-doc ...
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Simplistic view of bacteria in your intestine: a first draft illustration

Simplistic view of bacteria in your intestine: a first draft illustration | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Related articles Bacteria; They're not only for biofuel anymore. Unsung heroes for bioplastics (mhrussel.wordpress.com) The Good Bacteria and Autism (talkingtoanonymous.wordpress.com) Autism and Gu...
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E. coli: easily the most loved and hated bacterium is quickly becoming a superhero

E. coli: easily the most loved and hated bacterium is quickly becoming a superhero | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Love it or hate it, E. coli is a "Jack of all trades". Fifty years of research has made this small organism the best characterized living thing on the planet. And, this activity doesn't look like i...
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Mother Nature's Lego Collection: Unfinished illustration of cellulose degrading polycellulosomes

Mother Nature's Lego Collection: Unfinished illustration of cellulose degrading polycellulosomes | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
It is amazing, to me anyways, how much we borrow from Mother Nature. Legos are no different. These small pieces of plastic that can be connected with infinite possibilities have stirred the imagina...
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Breaking down the wall: Illustration of the cellulosome as an impressive bacterial machine to degrade plants...think Legos

Breaking down the wall: Illustration of the cellulosome as an impressive bacterial machine to degrade plants...think Legos | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I have heard of the cellulosome for quite some time. It discribes a extracellular 'factory' of enzymes some bacteria (or fungi) are equipped with to degrade the components of the plant cell wall. T...
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Microalgae: renewable biofuel source with no need for fresh water. Just give them our wastewater.

Microalgae: renewable biofuel source with no need for fresh water. Just give them our wastewater. | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Last week, I presented illustrations for yeast and a microalgal species of Chlamydomonas. Today I will expound on part of this. Ongoing research is working to identify ways to circumvent the need f...
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New Illustration: Yeastie Boys, a powerhouse for synthetic biology

New Illustration: Yeastie Boys, a powerhouse for synthetic biology | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
When it comes to synthetic biology, two species of microorganisms should automatically come to mind; E. coli and the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Both have been used extensively for proof of pr...
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Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com

Ethanol Producer Magazine | EthanolProducer.com | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
The U.S. EPA has proposed categorizing as advanced biofuels ethanol produced from corn fiber and butanol that meets the 50 percent GHG emission reduction.

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The NCERC's curator insight, May 28, 2013 9:49 AM

NCERC has long held that cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is a viable way to transition from first generation ethanol to cellulosic ethanol and on to other advanced biofuels, said Sabrina Trupia, assistant director of biological research for NCERC. In the years that NCERC has studied corn fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol many people have expressed skepticism. The EPA’s proposed rule makes Trupia feel vindicated and happy that NCERC’s persistence paid off. “When it came out yesterday, we were dancing in the corridors,” she said.

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Irish scientists uncover link between gut bacteria and autism

Irish scientists uncover link between gut bacteria and autism | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
Another clue into the molecular processes of autism. Irish scientists uncover link between gut bacteria and autism - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk.   Related Article: Bacteria boost fixes symptoms of...
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Combing the Earth One Genome at a Time: In Pursuit of "The Next Big Thing" in Sustainability

Combing the Earth One Genome at a Time: In Pursuit of "The Next Big Thing" in Sustainability | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
There is one thing that can be said about scientists: they're never satisfied...thankfully. Observation and curiosity leave them on a never-ending quest to understand Mother Nature and improve huma...
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Image: Cells of the Rhizosphere

Image: Cells of the Rhizosphere | Science Education and Communication | Scoop.it
I have a blog post that I have been trying to write for weeks about the soil and rhizosphere. Until I can get a handle on it, here is a little image I did today to illustrate how cells initiate col...
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