I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today and felt like I needed to cheer myself up. A video of cute, tiny animals eating cute, tiny food was the cure. In case you’re having a bad day too, here you go.
Trying to do too many internet things at once makes it hard to get anything done at all.
Can you single-task with Tabless Thursday?
I need this. I currently have 2 different web browsers open so that I can have 4 different gmail accounts open (2 work related, 2 personal), in addition to 12 other (random and work related) tabs. I need help.
Why Females Are Stripey
Each of us is made of a mixed-up jumble of cells. Most of you is you, but a few of your cells actually belong to your mom, stowaways that she left in your body.
But thanks to our sex chromosomes, it’s females who are the real mosaics. In this video from Veritasium, you’ll learn how biological females are like calico cats. Early in a female’s life, way back when her embryonic body was little more than a ball of cells just beginning to fold into basic patterns, a molecular coin was flipped inside each of her nuclei, and one of the two X chromosomes was silenced forever.
Why is this? Although our sex chromosomes are tiny compared to the other 44, they contain vital genes. But just like a genetic knockout can cause problems, so can too much of a gene product. Each cell in a female nucleus only expresses the genes on one of the two X chromosomes, muting the other so that the "dose" of X genes is pretty much the same between XY and XX individuals.
Heads or tails, that epigenetic pattern persists for life, and although we can’t see them … women have “stripes”!
Bonus: Features the wonderful molecular animations of Drew Berry!
I’ll summarize for you: Women are basically calico cats.
I can’t contain my excitement. My internship starts Monday! GIS librarianship here I come!
Stop me when this sounds familiar:
"So you’re a librarian? Let me ask you something."
"I already know the question - who needs librarians when we have Google? Who needs libraries when we have ebooks?"
This conversation has happened to me so. many. times. At cocktail parties, on the subway and…
This is a GREAT post. I’d like to add another reason we need Librarians more than ever. The library has always represented a place for all yet there are systems in place that haven’t fairly represented people and/or haven’t facilitated adequate access to information. I’m currently taking a class concerned with Indigenous Knowledge Systems; we’ve discussed the shortcomings of LCSH and we’ve pondered new ways of helping Indigenous communities better access information that is important to them, in addition to finding ways of better representing the information that those communities create. We live in a diverse world and who better to advocate for us all than librarians.