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We spent many long nights at the Advanced Light Source, running on coffee, donuts and barbecued ribs from the legendary Everett & Jones BBQ in West Berkeley.

A very interesting historical reflection by Harry Noller entitled “By Ribosome Possessed” has just been published in JBC. It is his personal account of growing up in the East Bay; his educational, musical, and scientific influences and how these gradually but inexorably led to an exciting and fruitful career studying “one of the deepest and most central mechanisms in all of biology”. The article is filled with funny and amazing anecdotes and gives a very human face to science, and to Harry’s impressively focused and singular pursuit of one of life’s most important molecules. A great read!

Noller HF. “By Ribosome Possessed.” J Biol Chem. 2013 Jun 27.
For anyone writing grants this analysis by Rands ought to ring true. It is geared towards the business world, but clearly has relevance to the scientific sphere.

Brief but interesting history of early computers

On September 9, 1945, U.S. Navy officer Grace Hopper found the first computer “bug”: a moth stuck between the relays on the Harvard Mark II. She noted it on her log as the “first actual case of bug being found.” Though the term “bug” had meant a computer error beforehand, it became a popular term after this incident.

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Rands is even more obsessed about his writing instruments than Jane and I.

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