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THE DIABETIC DISASTER

Knock-knock. Knock knock. A pause. Knock-knock… Knockknockknock—KNOCK-KNOCK! Insulina the Insulin Molecule pounded her fist against the door in frustration. She’d tried knocking politely, ringing the doorbell, waiting a minute, and then knocking again with some more doorbell-ringing in between, but the cell simply wasn’t answering. It was unheard of. Cells always responded to hormones, otherwise they wouldn’t know what to do half the time! She looked over her shoulder to see the Glucose molecules snickering at her expense, and tried to regain her composure. She cleared her throat and tried again. “Hello, ma’am? This is Insulin Molecule Three-Four-Six on behalf…

CASTING CALL

Are you: an out of work writer, a devoted YouTube commenter, laboring over a screenplay? Are your Instagram captions two paragraphs long? Do you have a mommy blog? A major cable network (Spike TV) is casting talent for Written Off — A reality show, focused on writing, hosted and judged by supermodel Kate Upton and spiritual self-pleasurer and author of more than 30 books (all pretty much on the same topic) Paulo Coelho. Each episode requires writers to showcase their mastery of the English language with challenges such as: penning e-cards (conveying emotions people are too lazy to put into…

EPISODE 3: PAPERS

EPISODE 1 | 2 | 3 Papers, deadlines, awkward conversations with your professor, and PhD job prospects – we tackle all these issues in our latest episode. But of course, we do it with some humour. Think managing your PhD is hard? Wait till you get into the real world. Be sure to watch this third episode all the way to the end. What are conversations with your prof like? How far will you go to get that lab reagent you desperately need? Share your grad school experience with us on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watchTheLab), Twitter (www.twitter.com/watchTheLab), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/watchTheLab). Cast: Frank…

BUTTERFLIES

for Julie Bianca Dahl Surgeons in an airport bus are lions at a zoo. They laze, dimly happy to see you. Tails barely flickering in the stagnant savannah air, Khaki pants sticking to pleather seat cushions, They look up only when you mention meat. Their forearms are clean, but you can smell the blood, See the line of skin roughened from washing. I tell them that I paint the body parts they move. We speak of organs as objects of art, The pinking liver finding itself alive in a new home, The invigorated pancreas, spurting kidneys—oh, joy of piss! Above…

THE EFFECT OF NOVEL TELOMERASE REVERSE-TRANSCRIPTASE wTERT2 ON THE PATHOGENESIS OF WOOKIEE IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS

Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics (2015). Vol 1. pp81 download pdf ABSTRACT The Wookiee population on Kashyyyk is responsible for a majority of the labour workforce in the Mid Rim. Maintaining and improving Wookiee lifespan and productivity is vital for Imperial operations in the area. The long Wookiee natural lifespan of 400 standard galactic years is truncated in approximately 3% of the popula- tion. These Wookiees are afflicted with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and show early-onset leukocyte se- nescence. Once diagnosed, Wookiees live for an average of 30 more years before death. This translates into a 70% reduction of life for…

IS THERE A SANTA?

- FROM THE ARCHIVES – Being a scientific investigation of a cultural conundrum Soon it will be Christmas Eve, and once more children will be divided into distinct factions. Here, Cyr [1] described younger children (<7 years) who believe in Santa Claus, and older children (>12 years) who have ditched this ‘childish’ belief. But he fails, by excluding from his questionnaire, to describe a third group who aren’t really sure – the undecided voters if you like. And as the eldest child, I have spent a large part of my life in this group. Moreover, being scientifically minded even at…

FORCING THE WOOKIEE. HOW TO BE BOLD BEING BALD.

Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics (2014). Vol 1. pp79-87 download pdf ABSTRACT The lack of scientific findings in the biological relationship with the Force has limited the therapies available against Force hypersensitivity to psychological therapy. Our lab has unearthed the first link between the Force-enabling midi-chlorians and a regulated biological process, hair growth. Alopecia areata (AA) is a hair condition depicted by hair loss with varying degrees of severity. A recent study has revealed a strong correlation of AA with enhanced connection to the Force. Exome sequencing has revealed two hot spot mutations in the transmembrane protein “so much hair” hormone…

EPISODE 2: UNDERGRADS

Regardless of what you’re studying, if you’ve ever been a TA (teaching assistant), you can relate to this episode. Trying to balance research with his TAing responsibilities, Dave encounters that one student we all love to hate – that’s right, the keener. Meanwhile, Steven tries a different approach when training undergrads. What are some interesting things students have said/done in class? Share your experience with us on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watchTheLab), Twitter (www.twitter.com/watchTheLab), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/watchTheLab). Cast: Frank R. Bailey IV, Daniela Tempesta, Walt Yao, Jonathan Tan, Jasleen Kaur, Dawn Williamson, Dave Walden, Cara Halseth, Diane Nhan, Tanveer Kahlon, Max Clough, and…