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I'm a researcher in neuroendocrinology

I'm interested in all that regards pattern recognition, time series analysis, rhythms etc.

My current research focuses in the exploration and modulation of the neuro-endocrine patterns that contribute to the generation of hormone pulsatility.


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revised What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
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comment Why do I only breathe out of one nostril?
hmmmm.... I don't really buy the smell part. The nasal cycle lasts 2-3 hour, which seems to long to account for desensitization to smell...
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comment Life without DNA?
Also: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22798070
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comment Life without DNA?
@woliveirajr the original papers can be found here: GFAJ-1 Is an Arsenate-Resistant, Phosphate-Dependent Organism and Absence of Detectable Arsenate in DNA from Arsenate-Grown GFAJ-1 Cells. However, I wouldn't go as far as saying they "debunked" the study, just gave better explanation for their results (i.e. applied the scientific method).
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revised How much does a typical biologist know about signal processing, machine learning, and (theoretical) computer science?
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answered How much does a typical biologist know about signal processing, machine learning, and (theoretical) computer science?
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
Although what you say is correct, remember that mounting, especially if using specific microscopy mounting media increases the quality of the image. See for instance: microbehunter.com/…
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comment Is pork poisonous?
@WYSIWYG: good point. Taenia can be quite problematic especially in poor countries where it is more prevalent.
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
obviously there are many factors to consider. I wouldn't spend 2000 euros on a microscope if I just want to give it a try... better to start with a cheap one and see whether you like it, then move on if you really want to get serious. Unfortunately there are certain microscopes you just cannot afford to buy, but then get a job in an imaging lab if you want to play with those toys! It's lots of fun!
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
I have mixed feeling about this. Sure, you can see stuff with a small microscope, but sometimes you want crisper images than those you posted (and maybe with less fringing). But I am probably spoiled by using expensive scopes :P
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answered What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
Put it this way: if I come to you and ask "I am a biologist wanting to learn about ML. Should I learn about linear regression or about classification trees?". Surely you would reply "depends on what you want to do in the end". This is exactly the same situation :)
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answered Is pork poisonous?
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comment Beetroot white skin mould
To be honest, whichever the answer, better to stay on the safe side and throw it away.
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comment How do ants sense imminent rainfall?
The circadian clock is a bit of a red harring here. Circadian and circannual rhythms are widely studies, and the molecular mechanism underlying them are quite well established (at least for circadian, less so for circannual). However, this does not imply in any way animals can sense changes in barometric pressure. They may or they may not, but circadian or circannual rhythms have nothing to do with that.