Words of science: variegated

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Like many other fields, science has its own style of communication full of specific jargon and guided by unwritten rules.  Most of the posts on this blog focus on breaching this barrier to the public’s understanding and appreciation of science.  In this series, I’d like to take another approach by highlighting scientific words which have escaped the confines of jargon to reach a broader appeal because of their sound or their evocative power as metaphors.  Today’s word is variegated. [Previous words of science were petrichoralluvium, nychthemeron, crepuscular, interstitial, and science.]
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Update on my Beacon project — goal reached!

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With a couple of days left to go, we’ve already got more than enough backers to launch my Beacon project! A huge “thank you!” to each of you who contributed, whether by joining the project or spreading the word. Many of my backers came via your Facebook posts and the emails you sent out. Thanks for helping get my first crowd-funding experience off to a great start — I couldn’t have done it without you! And if somebody wants to sign up but hasn’t yet, they still can.

Thanks,
Sedeer

We’re getting closer to a malaria vaccine

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Malaria parasite (photo courtesy Wikipedia)Malaria hardly needs an introduction. With over 200 million people infected, it takes the life of an African child every minute. Although we have drugs to help treat the disease, there isn’t an effective vaccine available, partly due to the malaria pathogen’s variability. Now, a research collaboration between labs in the US and Australia has brought a step closer to that goal by figuring out how to produce a vaccine which works against many different strains. Continue reading

Update on my Beacon project — 8 days to go!

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First of all, I’d like to say a big “Thank you!” to everyone who’s already joined my project or shared the link. With your help, we’ve gotten a quarter of the way there in just six days. That’s a great start, but we’ll need to pick up the pace to hit the target on time! Continue reading