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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Entries from July 2012

Notes on Proofs

July 12th, 2012 No Comments

I just finished going over the galley proofs for our newest manuscript, using my good old ‘proofer‘ program. This time I found mostly minor errors on the publisher’s part, including some misplaced thousands separators, misplaced column headings, and missing bold emphases where they should have been. The copyeditors also made a bunch of stylistic and […]

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Goldschmidt 2012 wrap-up

July 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

I’ve returned from my first Goldschmidt conference in Montréal, which was excellent. There are so many connections between biology and geochemistry that await research, it is a very exciting time to be working at the interface. However, one thing I noticed that was strikingly different from other recent conferences I’ve attended was the complete absence […]

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Genome Sequencing of 3 Sulfate Reducing Bacteria

July 1st, 2012 No Comments

Good (if somewhat old) news: my JGI Quarterly Community Sequencing Project proposal with Boz Wing was successful, so we will be getting complete genome sequences, plus transcriptomes, for 3 members of the Order Desulfobacterales that exhibit exceptionally large sulfur isotope fractionation effects (ε). Desulfobacula phenolica (ε = 37) Desulfospira joergensenii (ε = 26) Desulfotignum balticum […]

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