Pulling Life Out of Thin Air (Science Ink Sunday)... →
Jason Affourtit writes, “The encircling equation represents biologicalnitrogen fixation, which was at the core of my undergrad/graduate labwork. Working in that research lab (which was originally just part of requirements for med school!–my intended goal) totally changed my focus…So it’s an homage to that period of time, my wonderful advisor, and that lab. DNA has been central to my work life in...
Why Is Your Blog Called "The Loom"?
In Moby-Dick, the cabin-boy Pip falls out of the ship and sinks deep in the ocean (emphasis mine): The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul. Not drowned entirely, though. Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes; and the miser-merman, Wisdom, revealed his...
clickspopsandwhitenoise asked: Oh my goodness! You are the man that wrote Microcosm! That blasted book ended up changing my major, hahaha. I went from slightly scientific 9th grader, to insatiably curious scientist in about 200 pages. Thank you so much for giving science that initial bit of entertainment, it hasn't lost it since.
Invisible Residents - NYTimes.com →
A diagram of the microbes that live inside of us, from my story in tomorrow’s New York Times.