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(Developmental) Biology around the internet- April 2014

Posted by , on 13 April 2014

Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:


News & Research:

– This year’s Waddington Medal was awarded by the British Society for Developmental Biology to Prof Phil Ingham!

– Are you a budding science writer? The Wellcome Trust launched their 2014 Science Writing Competition, and are also posting writing tips on their blog.

– The British Library (London, UK) has launched a great exhibition about the beauty behind science visualisation. You can visit ‘Beautiful Science’ until the 26th of May.

– The Francis Crick Institute (London, UK) is running a free symposium on advances in optical microscopy.

– The Wellcome Trust’s Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Initiative is calling for clinicians and scientists to provide samples from patients with inherited genetic diseases for the project.

– The Knoepfler lab Stem Cell blog is running a stem cell image competition.

– And the winner of the 2014 March of Dimes prize for developmental biology is neuroscientist Dr Huda Zoghbi.


Weird & Wonderful:

Foldscope is a  clever origami, paper-based microscope that can be made for less than a dollar. Also watch their TED talk.

– If you work on C. elegans you will find ‘Nematode news in brief‘ highly amusing

– A company names all of their fluorescent proteins after Santa’s reindeers and other christmassy things. Next lab Christmas gift?

– And if you are a developmental biologist working on axolotls, you can now buy your own axolotl necklace here.



Beautiful & Interesting images:

– Science cakes continue to make appearances on Twitter- check out this great cellular cake, and some biocupcakes.

– The Wellcome Trust announced the winners of their 2014 Image Competition. Check their website for some stunning images.

– These cute and informative posters are for the young cell biologist-to-be in your life.

– This diagram explains why we are all born scientists.

– And we spotted this colourful image of a waterbear:



Videos worth watching:

– Remember the fantastic ‘Inner Life of the Cell‘ animation? Harvard University and XVIVO got together again to create an updated version of the animation that reflects the chaos of a real cell.

– 24 hours of zebrafish embryonic development in 1 minute.

– And is the Royal Society Charter Book the world’s greatest autograph book?



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