Despite my listening mostly to Metal, one of my favourite albums ever is All Melody by Nils Frahm. I can listen to it on repeat, I can read, write, or fall asleep while listening to it, and it never fails to make me feel better in gloomier times.

@noctiluca And that's essentially the leadership that works. It helps to have a goal, naturally, but "visions for future" are usually meaningless platitudes.

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As it turns out, my leadership skills (such as they are) lie in "There's a problem here, we need to fix it" rather than "here is a shining bright vision for the future"

I can't help but think that the philosophy of antinatalism was developed during a crowded train ride.

LGBT situation in Poland 

I can't help but find it shocking how things are developing in Poland. Not just for the LGBT people, but in general, with the erosion of the line between Executive and Legislative powers. And, most shockingly, this is a country that belongs to the European Union, which upholds diametrically opposed values.

@meena I always have to do that. Probably because I have my Firefox cookies on auto-delete (even though now I've disabled it to Pocket)

I do really like Pocket to save some articles to read later. One thing I do *not* like about Pocket is the CAPTCHA whenever I log into the website. So many fire hydrants, traffic lights, and buses to identify!

Why are all images here marked as sensitive content by default? Is it to save bandwidth to users?

Privacy and free speach on the wane 

Countries of particular concern are China and Turkey.

Social credit in China regarded as one of the so far most intrusive actions by a state, and the possibility of expanding to other countries warrants concern.

Donald Trump's take on the media also risks normalising curtailing media's free speech.

@gamehawk How did you even get that fancy test? 🤨

@danwchan short answer: because they're weird. Long-ish answer: 

@danwchan well, first it is important to say that extremophiles per se are not a phylogenetic group. You find archaea, bacteria, and even eukaryotes (like the famous tardigrade) amongst the extremophiles.
As for the similarity between archaea and eukaryotes, there are several lines of evidence. The 16s rRNA is one of them, but archaea also have eukaryotic protein signature, which are absent in archaea, e.g..

Weighing small weights might be one of the most annoying parts of the job. That and the low prospects of finding a job.


And this is one of the many reasons why talks about Turkey joining the EU should not even take place. This behaviour goes against all that the EU stands for.

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Academic journal web design fail 

No, when I click "Download PDF," I want to download the PDF

I never want to use your "enhanced PDF reader"


This paper was posted today on BiorXive, and it is significant because it described the isolation, for the first time, of a member of Asgard archaea. Asgard archaea were identified a few years ago through metagenomic analyses, and hypothesised to "bridge the gap" between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. With this new isolate we'll be able to actually see what the genes found in the metagenome are coding for, and whether the hypotheses based on the genome alone hold true

@danwchan short answer: because they're weird. Long-ish answer: 

the first discovered archaea were extremophiles, some of them living basically in boiling water, in very acidic environments. How cool is that? Also, they look like bacteria, but they are actually more closely related to Eukaryotes (and, as such, to us). This is from an evolutionary point of view fascinating. And since they are not known pathogens (though important in other areas), they are nearly not as well understood as bacteria

Hey, hey! I'm a grad student, currently based in Germany and working on microbiology, specifically archaea. Never heard this word before? Glad you asked, I'll be happy to talk about it :)

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