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Dec
10
comment fastq-dump using mkfifo to stream data
Can you give an example of the kind of piping you are trying to do? Frequently I just try something like bin1 infile | bin2 - and see what happens.
Dec
10
comment Long-term effects of antihistamines on mind and CNS
@GriffinEvo cogsci says it's off topic there too because of the personal medical orientation. I think it would be fine here or there (1) as separate questions and (2) as more general scientific questions as opposed to personal experience.
Dec
5
comment How do you accurately measure anguiliform (eel) locomotion?
Can you elaborate on why PIV is inadequate for studying anguilliform swimmers?
Nov
19
comment What are some difficulties animals had to overcome to reproduce on land?
Are you thinking of vertebrates specifically? Or animals more generally (including insects, mollusks, etc.)?
Nov
19
comment What triggers the formation of biofilm?
Your third sentence, wherein you say you understand how biofilms form contradicts your 1st and 5th sentences wherein you ask how it forms. Can you edit your question to be less vague, provide sufficient background, and generally clarify what you don't understand.
Nov
16
comment How to determine externally that a whale is a mammal?
@JeremyKemball Only milk and hairs make them mammals. Warm-blooded and live birth are present outside of mammals.
Nov
16
comment What proportion of salt in water would make it not dehydrate nor hydrate someone?
You are looking for physiological saline which is isotonic to most tissues. It is about 0.9% w/v, which equates to ~9g NaCl per liter water.
Nov
16
comment Why do mammalian red blood cells lack a nucleus?
The relationship between carrying more oxygen per cell and surface area does not follow logically to me. Enucleation will lead to increased surface area per unit volume, which will relatively increase the area for transport across the membrane. But aside from increasing Hb content or concentration, that won't lead to more oxygen carrying capacity.
Nov
8
comment A subtle test for color-blindness
This question appears to be off-topic because it has been posted to CogSci.
Nov
6
comment Insects or Birds covering least distance but most wing moves
When hummingbirds are hovering, they go 0 distance at ~80 Hz flapping frequency and ~1200 bpm heartrate. hummingbirds.net/about.html#wingbeat
Oct
31
comment How many pandas should exist?
Relevant question: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/305/…
Oct
31
comment When writing about past research should I use the species name they employed or the modern version?
I've also seen cases like this written as "Campylobacter [Vibrio] fetus". Or just use the revised genus and ignore the old name.
Oct
20
comment Is there a maximum size for an insect?
Also relevant are biology.stackexchange.com/q/13444/107 and biology.stackexchange.com/a/20677/107
Sep
28
comment Grow plants in relative darkness
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about gardening and has been answered on that SE site.
Sep
28
comment Grow plants in relative darkness
This is a duplicate of two questions on gardening: gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/3837/… gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/…
Sep
24
comment What is the biological reason for a burst appendix being potentially lethal?
The appendix is not useless. See: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/1502/…
Sep
4
comment Did Darwin ever reach the conclusion that selection will remove variation?
Do you mean genetic variance specifically? Since Darwin didn't really know about "genetics" in the same sense as Fisher, I doubt Darwin could have come to this conclusion. Phenotypic variation is another question, though.
Aug
29
comment Change of phase from juvenile to adult in plants
Can you expand on your answer? We are looking for answers with support in the form of citations, etc. Here are some suggestions: biology.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer
Aug
24
comment How to measure the total number of cells in an average human body?
What have you tried so far?
Aug
20
comment Deciding between chi square and t test
No, you can't compare just two numbers (.23 vs. .01) with a t-test.