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Jan202011

Science Highlights this week:

Russia may be cooler than us: Raiders of the lost lake

“Arguably the most exciting — and certainly the most controversial — scientific endeavour in Antarctica's history is close to a breakthrough.”

(Original article: 17 January 2011, Nature 469, 275 2011)

Twenty years ago Russian researchers began a project to drill down 3,650 meters to get test samples of the largest subglacial lake on the planet, Lake Vostok in Antartica. They believe that in a matter of weeks they will hit this subglacial lake (methods found in original article). Samples from this lake will potentially provide us with an insight into life up to 35 million years ago. Imagine what could live under a 3,650 meters of ice, cut off from the atmosphere for millions of years (hint: bound to be cooler than arsenic bacteria)!

A new impact factor: How famous are you really?

“This is a new way to measure a scientist's influence. It captures fame on the grandest scale, weighing the cultural footprint of scientists across societies and throughout history.”

(Original article: 14 January 2011, Science 331 - 6014)

Adrian Veres and John Bohannon have created a database of the most noted scientists in the last 200 years ranked by their appearance of people’s names in books. Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden made this endeavor possible by creating an enormous data set based on trillions of words within Google Books (raw data, try it yourself).

Introducing the Science Hall of Fame (SHoF) (Don’t forget to look at their tips for being a famous scientist).

My science grandfather (Stanley Falkow) ranks at 4 milliDarwins, know anyone famous?

Visualizing the tiny: Malaria caught on tape

Watch the live video via New Scientist

(Original article: 20 January 2011, Cell Host & Microbe 9: 9-20)

David Rigler and David Richard, et al. have shown for the first time a live video of P. falciparum, a parasite from the genus Plasmodium, the causative agent of Malaria. They recorded the invasion of a human erythrocyte by P. falciparum. Not only is this just awesome to watch, this insight will help shed light on the complex mechanisms used by parasites to invade their host.

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Reader Comments (3)

"Science Grandfather" - is that your adviser's adviser?

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTripp

Yes! That D. Weiss's post-doc adviser.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke N.

Malaria caught on tape? Did TMZ catch a malaria nip-slip?

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill Clarke

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