Best of Twitter - Week of July 26, 2021
FTO: associated with obesity in people and in… potatoes. nejm.org/doi/full/10.10… nature.com/articles/s4158…
My incredible @UChiChemistry colleague Chuan He (not on twitter) found a way to perturb RNA regulatory pathways to make essentially ANY plant gigantic! Giant potatoes! More rice! This is a huge deal for world hunger https://t.co/1TMlQtr01b
bryan dickinson @chembioBryan
This octopus was captured on camera waving back to his keeper at London's Sea Life Aquarium in March 2019. The wave was captured on camera behind the scenes at the Sea Life centre, during one of the octopus' twice-daily "playtimes" [full story: buff.ly/38I9I2e]
I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with a former roommate who's now a postdoc in number theory. I learned a lot about how math research works! Some stuff I found interesting:
A lot of number theory is figuring out how to stitch together many different such black boxes to get some new big result. Roommate described this as "flailing around" but also highly effective and endorsed my analogy to copy-pasting code from many different Stack Overflow answers
^ super interesting thread
As suggested by @HamiltonMorris , I just got finished taking a (small-ish) dose of LSD to get my sense of smell back post-covid and it totally worked. It’s back online. Like a light switch, bam, online. Wtf, psychedelics
Last week during some clinical shadowing, I saw two patients who came to the hospital for toe/foot amputation procedures. I was surprised to learn that these were actually the downstream consequences of diabetes.
Losing feeling in your feet is apparently an early consequence, leading people to damage their lower limbs inadvertently. Since they can't feel pain, infections can go unnoticed and fester until the need for amputation.
great thread on mirror DNA and it's possibilities such as trees that won't decompose due to lack of digesters and how a mirror world could cause a lack of sugar for the bottom of our food chain lol wild need to learn more
holy shit i was already long biotech but this is this is something else. kinda floored. not even sure what one would use it for but the engineering is unreal how even what https://t.co/BjVKLqKAWN
"I don't believe that the airplane will ever take the place of trains or steamships for the carrying of passengers" (!) Of all people, something the Wright brothers said. google.com/books/edition/…
smithsonianeducation.orgSmithsonian Education - Stories of the Wrights’ Flight