Monthly Archives: May 2016

The viruses inside us

Dendogram of endogenous retroviruses. Source: Wikipedia. Last month I posted a discussion on a PNAS paper that reported the discovery of a new class of viruses, called pithoviruses, found in a layer of Siberian permafrost. In their paper [1], the researchers conclude: “Our results further substantiate the possibility that infectious viral pathogens might be released […]

To all of you who think New Mexico is all desert …

… think again! 😉The Jemez mountains are covered in ponderosa pines and rivers like Rio Puerco give rise to the beautiful waterfalls we scouted with some photographer friends this past week-end. Enjoy! © Elena E. Giorgi © Elena E. Giorgi © Elena E. Giorgi © Elena E. Giorgi   Stay In Touch – Join My […]

Using Supercomputers to Probe the Early Universe

Artist’s depiction of the WMAP satellite gathering data to understand the Big Bang. Source: NASA. For decades physicists have been trying to decipher the first moments after the Big Bang. Using very large telescopes, for example, scientists scan the skies and look at how fast galaxies move. Satellites study the relic radiation left from the […]

May IWSG: Spring is finally here!

This is a monthly event started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh and organized by the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Click here to find out more about the group and sign up for the next event. You can also sign up for the newsletter. First off a big announcement: the IWSG anthology, titled Parallels: Felix […]