Chi-town Mexicana making a life in Minnesnowta.

Apparently Aquaman drives

Sunrise. (at HealthPartners Corporate Building)

In the jungle, the mighty jungle.. (at Cedar/Riverside LRT Station)


Minneapolis black and white


Ran Hwang is best known for her wall sculptures that make use of common objects like buttons and crystals pinned directly onto the wall of the gallery. Using each element like a pixel on a scren, Hwang creates oversized murals.


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Housecat meets bobcat

“why are you trapped in there, tiny orange bobcat”


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T-bacteriophages chomping on e. coli [69000x magnification]

Bacteria infected with bacteriophages may commit “suicide” for the benefit of the community.

Programmed death has an evolutionary advantage for organisms infected even if community is not genetically identical.

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New Norovirus Rips Through The U.S.

After sweeping through Australia, France and the U.K., the new norovirus strain, called “GII.4 Sydney,” has finally arrived in the U.S. 

Norovirus is tough to beat. One British scientist called it the “Ferrari of the virus field” for its ability to spread rapidly. Fewer than 20 virus particle are enough to infect someone.

A recent piece titled “The inexorable progress of norovirus” in Lancet Infectious Diseases sums up what we’re up against:

Arguably among the best adapted of human pathogens, although vaccination may one day have a role in slowing the march of norovirus, there is as yet no substitute for the basics of forewarning from epidemiological surveillance and diligent infection control.

And, oh yeah, that cluster of viruses above contains enough particles to make you sick.

Image from Charles D. Humphrey/CDC

Primary source: The Lancet


Follow the leader.

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The red alga known as Galdieria sulphuraria, which thrives under the hot, toxic conditions of volcanic sulfur springs, acquired many of the genes it needs to survive such hostile environments from simpler organisms, like bacteria and archaea, according to a new study. Although most eukaryotes, or organisms with complex cellular structures, such as G. sulphuraria, rely on gene duplication to evolve, this particular alga seems to have commandeered at least 75 genes via a process known as horizontal gene transfer.

Read more about this research from the 8 March issue of Science here.

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