The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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Pavilion Lake and the Cariboo Plateau

July 12th, 2010 1 Comment

Salt and carbonate precipitates line the shores of “Deer” Lake, which is spotted with islands of microbial mats. We’re up at 7, skipping breakfast and congregating down at the dock to find our rubber boots and tie the canoe onto the roof of our rented SUV. Over an hour of mental exertion later (remembering forgotten […]

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Mojave Desert Sampling

March 25th, 2010 1 Comment

This week’s sampling trip to Zzyzx station in the Mojave Desert was excellent! I collected samples of hypoliths (light-using microbial communities living on the undersides of rocks), endoliths (light-using microbial communities living within rocks), and desert varnishes and crusts (light-using microbial communities living on the upper surfaces of soils or rocks). These communities are interesting […]

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Quick bibliography software roundup

February 10th, 2010 1 Comment

Mendeley: free. windows/mac/linux. scans PDFs and can make group libraries. JabRef: free. windows/mac/linux. The program I use. Organizes references and export refs to LaTeX documents. BibDesk: free. mac only. iTunes style. Zotero: free. windows/mac/linux. Firefox extension that saves citations and can insert them into Word/OpenOffice docs. Zot2Bib: free. mac only. Firefox extension that links Zotero […]

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Proofing a manuscript

February 6th, 2010 3 Comments

I recently got the proofs back for an accepted manuscript and had to go about making sure the editors didn’t screw anything up when they typeset the text. One way I’ve done this in the past (idea via Gabrielle!) is to coerce a co-author into helping me read the entire manuscript. Backwards. One conspirator reads […]

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