Never Stop Asking

An aspiring (astro)biologist. Lover of both the telescope and microscope. I eat. I tweet. I science. I climb. I sleep.

climbwithpurpose:

Bouldering has taught me to fall flat on my ass and to get back up again. 

I just have to go for that hold. 

Projects on my mind, mind on my projects. 

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— 1 week ago with 46 notes

the-goddamazon:

thecyberwolf:

Video Games Design

Created by Jed Henry

BADASS

(Source: deviantart.com, via mr-egbutt)

— 1 week ago with 12025 notes
scipak:

Gene-Swapping Plasmids Aid Antibiotic Resistance in Hospitals
Bacteria appear to be swapping antibiotic-resistance genes through mobile pieces of circular DNA called plasmids, and this exchange may be contributing to the alarming rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. To understand how these plasmids move between bacterial species in a hospital setting, Karen Frank, Tara Palmore, Julie Segre and colleagues spent two years taking environmental samples and surveillance cultures from over one thousand patients at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Over this two-year period they identified 10 patients who harbored carbapenem-resistant bacteria. Using a relatively new technology called long-read genome sequencing to decode and compare plasmid genomes, the NIH team discovered that plasmid-carrying bacteria are exchanging antibiotic-resistant genes in the biofilms of sink drains. However, they do not have any evidence of transfer of bacteria from the sink to any of the patients. The authors note that patients who carry the bacteria may not be sick, but can still pass carbapenem-resistant bacteria onto others. The study offers evidence that plasmid transfer in healthcare settings is likely aiding the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Read more about this research from the 17 September issue of Science Translational Medicine here.
[Image courtesy of Darryl Leja, NHGRI/NIH. Please click here for more information.]
© 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All Rights Reserved.

scipak:

Gene-Swapping Plasmids Aid Antibiotic Resistance in Hospitals

Bacteria appear to be swapping antibiotic-resistance genes through mobile pieces of circular DNA called plasmids, and this exchange may be contributing to the alarming rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals. To understand how these plasmids move between bacterial species in a hospital setting, Karen Frank, Tara Palmore, Julie Segre and colleagues spent two years taking environmental samples and surveillance cultures from over one thousand patients at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Over this two-year period they identified 10 patients who harbored carbapenem-resistant bacteria. Using a relatively new technology called long-read genome sequencing to decode and compare plasmid genomes, the NIH team discovered that plasmid-carrying bacteria are exchanging antibiotic-resistant genes in the biofilms of sink drains. However, they do not have any evidence of transfer of bacteria from the sink to any of the patients. The authors note that patients who carry the bacteria may not be sick, but can still pass carbapenem-resistant bacteria onto others. The study offers evidence that plasmid transfer in healthcare settings is likely aiding the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Read more about this research from the 17 September issue of Science Translational Medicine here.

[Image courtesy of Darryl Leja, NHGRI/NIH. Please click here for more information.]

© 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All Rights Reserved.

— 1 week ago with 176 notes

uniofnottingham:

allegoricaltoast:

y’all should appreciate the beauty of my university

Agreed. 

— 2 weeks ago with 38 notes
ibraphotog:

Can you spot the climbers?
No, not the 4 guys with the crashpads. I am referring to the 5 guys up on the Washington Column. See their headlamps?

ibraphotog:

Can you spot the climbers?

No, not the 4 guys with the crashpads. I am referring to the 5 guys up on the Washington Column. See their headlamps?

(via climbofreak)

— 2 weeks ago with 614 notes

the-fandoms-are-cool:

leradny:

videohall:

Astronaut readjusts to life back on Earth

> Don’t give him a baby for a while.

HE GRABS THE CUP BUT THEN HE DROPS THE PEN 0.0003 SECONDS LATER

AND HE LOOKS UP AT THE CEILING INSTEAD OF AT THE GROUND WHEN HE CAN’T FIND THEM

I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING HE JUST DROPS IT

IT’S NOT FUNNY IT’S VERY LOGICAL THAT HE WOULD HAVE ADJUSTED TO LIVING LIFE WHILE HE WAS IN SPACE BECAUSE IT’S DIFFERENT FROM EARTH BUT I CAN’T FUCKING BREATHE

*THUNK*

(via pides)

— 2 weeks ago with 489988 notes

huffingtonpost:

This Man With Severe Cerebral Palsy Created Mind-Blowing Art Using Just A Typewriter

Last year, 22-time Emmy award-winning reporter John Stofflet posted this news video he created for KING-TV in 2004, featuring Paul Smith and his artistic talents.

See the full video to see more of Smith’s artworks and to learn more about his inspiring story go here. 

(via naturepunk)

— 2 weeks ago with 373647 notes

roachasaurus:

I am attempting to paint this little predaceous oligochate and its cladoceran prey. Wish me luck…

(via scientificillustration)

— 3 weeks ago with 111 notes

adorablesnakes:

Another couple shots of the blue-eyed Lucy I got to play with :3

(via mr-egbutt)

— 3 weeks ago with 2030 notes
wisteriafield:

i’ll kick anyone’s ass. i’ll kick your ass. i’ll kick your dog’s ass. i’ll kick my own ass

wisteriafield:

i’ll kick anyone’s ass. i’ll kick your ass. i’ll kick your dog’s ass. i’ll kick my own ass

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— 3 weeks ago with 487195 notes
house-under-a-rock:

Dave MacLeod bouldering somewhere in… Scotland, where else?
photo: Steven Gordon

house-under-a-rock:

Dave MacLeod bouldering somewhere in… Scotland, where else?

photo: Steven Gordon

— 2 months ago with 69 notes