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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August 27th, 2014 No Comments

Hello Seoul! Make sure to meet Cryomics postdoc Anne-Lise Ducluzeau at poster #109A in Session PS23 – Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme environments. Also don’t miss Jeff Bowman‘s talk on Friday at 2:30 in CS40: Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme — “Increased rates of horizontal gene transfer in psychrophilic genomes and potential links […]

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Graduate Student Assistantship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

July 29th, 2014 No Comments

to begin Spring/Summer 2015 A graduate student assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Collins at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ( Contact Dr. Collins ( to discuss the position in more detail. Please include a brief description of your research interests, experience, and academic preparations. Competitive applicants will have […]

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The coming extinction of old sea ice

February 22nd, 2014 1 Comment

This video shows the disturbing truth hidden in the data, which is that while Arctic sea ice extent (the area of ocean covered by ice) has been declining at 13% per decade (in summer, 3% in winter), the volume and age of the ice have been declining more rapidly. Whereas in 1987 there were extensive […]

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Day 1: On the Ice

January 14th, 2014 No Comments

Barrow, Alaska January 13, 2014 -24°C (-11°F), partly cloudy, light wind We made two trips to the ice today. The first trip was to a near site, just offshore, at about 10 am. At that hour it is still dark and we needed headlamps to work — the sun hasn’t risen here since November 18, […]

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Bacteria! the video game (beta)

January 5th, 2014 No Comments

Are you a microbiologist? Do you just play a lot of video games? I’m looking for suggestions for how to make the game more educational and fun. Let me know your ideas! Already implemented: Physics — environmental parameters allow setting the viscosity and diffusivity of the environment by changing the Temperature and Salinity Respiration — […]

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