War on Science, yet another chapter. I think that anyone working in Science or caring about it, and anyone who aims to a growth in the public opinion's awareness on the scientific issues of global interest, tends to spend some time to contrast hoaxes, misconceptions and anti-scientific propaganda. The most of the times, you end … Continue reading Italian Minister of Health authored the preface of a book supporting homoeopathy.
To anyone having to do something with immunity studies, the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells, will sound really familiar. The NF-kB is a protein complex deputed to initiate the transcriptional response to external stimuli, such as stress, citokines, antigens, bacteria, free radicals or UV light irradiation. Expressed in active B cells, it is … Continue reading Applying phylogenetics and bioinformatics to NF-kB studies
It was the early eighties, a day like any other at the MIT. And a printer was not working. The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory programmer Richard Stallman did his best to fetch the source code of the driver from the manufacturer to fix it, but there was no chance. The code was closed, and this was … Continue reading Happy birthday mr. GNU
The day of truth has come for Catalonia. The region surrounding Barcelona will meet a crucial election tomorrow in which the people will decree whether following within the Spanish State or going further with the negotiations to separate from Madrid and build and independent state. Differently from the UK in the Scotland affair, anyways, the Spanish … Continue reading The Catalan scientists' support for Independence and Science production in post-modern Europe
There is no better way to come back to my blog writing than by announcing a couple of novelties. As someone may remember,at the beginning of January I joined the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona as PhD student. Along with other PhDs at the CRAG, I am volunteering for the organisation of the … Continue reading Organising the European #PlantScience Retreat 2016 in Barcelona.
Wake up very early, of course sleepy, and stoned as fuck. The website has to be finished before noon, next congress brochure has to be sent even earlier. Fingers flowing fast on the keyboard, images, text, typo, adjustments. Why the fuck is the department mail not working? It's time to collect your stuff already, destination university. … Continue reading Snapshot of a day like any other.
Dear Fabio, welcome to your PhD. An this means welcome to whole genome analyses, cryptic pipelines, hundreds of python code lines, thousands of documentation pages. And Plant Biology. Yeah, Fabio. Welcome to all this. What? Did you believe that some time for blogging could be spared during your PhD? Well, you was not that wrong. … Continue reading Getting back to blog.