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Fun science moments

-When a scientist you admire comes up to you at the end of a talk to talk excitedly about different perspectives on nutrient regulation

-When you discover that the random person hanging out late in the lab is shaving particles off of a humpback whale barnacle in order to quantify oxygen isotope ratios and figure out where the whale has migrated. And he's doing it because he will then do a similar procedure on a rare humpback whale barnacle fossil.

-Talking with grad students who are trying to figure out how to measure the respiration rates of small beetles and tiny jumping spiders

-Chatting with another grad student who wants to learn how certain butterflies manage to develop transparent "windows" in their wings

-Bumping into the student who is flying geckos in a vertical wind tunnel (large fan pointing up in the air - but with the air flow carefully standardized)

But really, the humpback whale barnacle story took the cake today. :^)

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bluepapercup
Dec. 6th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Flying geckos!!!

All of these are charming.
twoeleven
Dec. 6th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with these sentiments. :)

You've hit the one thing I miss about academia: the wide variety of nifty projects that one can hear about and talk about. Industryland does nifty things too, but we don't talk about them.
randomdreams
Dec. 7th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
I think I'd find the transparent windows one the most interesting: how life manages to figure out transparent tissue is something that's completely amazing to me.
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