One of the main disappointments of working in industry is that suddenly it’s “not good for the client” to solve a problem by having a strain route all its carbon into putrescine production. Does anyone go into biology thinking it’s going to smell good?

Hypothetical: If you were to set Alex Houser up with a coworker, where would you send them?

Best scientific fish name?

For the record, it was D) Bid for old gear on eBay. Tom Knight seems to have three roles here: lead tours of suits around lab, chitchat about interesting ideas, and order science junk on eBay (the last is probably his favorite)

Polls are fun! What did I ask "The Godfather of Synthetic Biology" to do for me yesterday?

On the subject of urine, I recently got involved with a project on the treatment of MSUD, or maple syrup urine disease. Sounds hilarious but it's actually quite nasty

"The drastic dark purple color of the urine on day 1, taken immediately after the antidote was given, is clearly of note."

-How to write the conclusion sentence of an abstract when you have no conclusions to summarize

Titles like this one are why I keep my google scholar alerts for vitamin b12 (it’s an old article, but was referenced in a newer article)

What is a good wedding present for a couple that likes to canoe, yet is not as expensive as a canoe, a paddle or a portage pack?

Poll: What's your favorite way to make polls?

@matt spotify has been playing a lot of moon hooch for me recently, which you recommended to me in 2017. Please let me know what your recommendations for 2016 and 2015 would have been so I can see if our musical tastes are undergoing convergent evolution

Also, this is a pretty good video if you're into dunking on Newton (although he gets some sick burns in too)

@matt that is a reasonable point. I really should read up more on the history of chemistry in the enlightenment era (and before), I feel like progress was very non-linear, and it wasn't until we had guys like Lavoiser and Pasteur that it could be considered a science. It's still remarkable to me that Newton spent half his life on alchemy and was probably pretty terrible at it/gave himself mercury poisoning


@matt I assume "old man puddin'" is a village eccentric who sneaks into your house, dumps out your christmas stocking, and fills it with onion gravy?

A little late, but this was shared at work. @matt please confirm its veracity

Hello! Is it is required, or just strongly recommended, that we set renaissance paintings as our profile themes?


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