Thursday, September 21, 2017

Yeast domestication

There is this fascinating article about yeast genetics.  The number of bread yeasts is pretty small in this study, probably because graduate students prefer beer to bread, but it is surprising how much variation there is in yeast genetics.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.08.020

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The eclipse was awesome!!!!


We went to my friend Jon's sister's house - which sounds way complicated,  but it was a great time.  I was surprised how emotional the moment was when the sun was completely covered by the moon and the corona of the sun was visible with a few bright spots where there edge of the moon has a crater.  

I wish I had a picture of the corona, but the moment was pretty fast and I was surprised how visible it was and I doubted I could capture that with my iphone camera.  I could see in that moment Mercury near the sun, Venus brightly off to the left and another planet to the right of the sun.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back to school



This summer went way too fast. 

Our summer activity list in no particular order. 

1. Camping at Onandaga caves
2. Visiting colleges with Emily - Go Truman State!
3. Swimming at the pool
4. Science museum
5. Roasting marshmallows and hotdogs
6. Birthday parties
7. Leila's family visiting
8. Kate turned eight and was baptized
9. My car accident
10. Biking to work
11. Iowa state fair
12. Fireworks
13. Swim team
14. Garden
15. Deer and raccoons
16. Biking to work
17. A bike for every kid 
18. Kate and Becca learning to swim
19. Johnson shut ins swimming
20. Emily's drivers license
21. Trips to LA and Davis, CA
22. Canola
23. Peaches
24. Farmers market
25. Weedy flower beds
26. Ms Pam's trampoline
27. Picnic at the park
28. Onandoga cave tours