#Science Quotable: Mark Gerstein on genetic model organisms!

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“One way to describe and understand the human genome is through comparative genomics and studying model organisms. The special thing about the worm and fly is that they are very distant from humans evolutionarily, so finding something conserved across all three – human, fly and worm – tells us it is a very ancient, fundamental process.” – Mark Gerstein on genetic model organisms, and the modENCODE and ENCODE projects.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-scientists-human-worm-genomes-biology.html#jCp

Cyborg moth biobots? New video shows how to make complex #science exciting and accessible #scicomm

Check out this amazing video that summarizes experiments from a recent JOVE article titled, “Early Metamorphic Insertion Technology for Insect Flight Behavior Monitoring.” JOVE is the Journal of Visualized Experiments and the authors are Alexander Verderber, Michael McKnight, Alper Bozkurt from North Carolina State University. The video does an awesome job communicating complex science on a more-or-less basic level! Phys.org has a equally great summary article that describes the work as, “research paves way for development of cyborg moth ‘biobots.” Definitely a great example of making science exciting and accessible.

A short summary of our JOVE article “Early Metamorphic Insertion Technology for Insect Flight Behavior Monitoring”.
Full article and complete video is available at:
http://www.jove.com/video/50901/early…
For more info visit:
http://ibionics.ece.ncsu.edu

Cool earthquake simulation lab tests new bridge design, see video! #STEM

Check out this awesome news article from phys.org about the earthquake testing facility to go along with the video.

A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic engineering facility.