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Graduate student at Northwestern University studying bio sciences and BIGG DATAAAAA; still know my electrical engineering though.

  • Learning:
    • Python (+ wxPython, PIL Image, others),
    • PowerShell
    • Java (on Android platform)
  • Know C on embedded well (what's a file? stream? :P)
  • Used to know HTML (sort-of now), CSS (less-so...), JScript (no.) At least I was able to forget most of this stuff just in time for AJAX to become useful. (Because it's totally different from DHTML...)

I like stout, esp. oatmeal stout. Gin and tonic if we're talking mixed drinks. Also like Portal (hell, all Valve games), and would kill a bus full of baby nuns with fire if Gabe would release Half-Life 3 already.


Aug
22
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
If you count coal or CO2 as "life", why not water? In that case you're boned as it was all once in a dinosaur: what-if.xkcd.com/74 Granted, most wasn't molecularly incorporated and liberated (via dehydration/hydration reactions).
May
19
comment What is the PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) curve, numerically speaking?
@daniel a safer way to provide links in comments is using markdown, e.g. [Google](http://www.google.com/) = Google. The second link you pasted has a "--except" appended on the end that I had to manually remove.
May
19
comment What is the PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) curve, numerically speaking?
@daniel your link was cut off
Oct
21
comment Can I image Coomassie and GFP in gels at the same time with a fluorescence scanner?
@leonardo the standard running/gel/loading buffers do not seem to be so aggressive as to destroy (all) the GFP; it may be denatured in the loading dye, but when washed out into the gel buffer it seems to recover. On the other hand, putting the gel into destain or fixing solution is very effective at obliterating the fluorescence.
Jul
13
comment Does cockroach lay eggs in human flesh when they “bite”?
Because hydroxide solutions are not usually for-sale unless you're looking in the plumbing aisle.
Jul
12
comment Does cockroach lay eggs in human flesh when they “bite”?
I assume you mean peroxide solution (hydrogen peroxide); not hydroxide (e.g. sodium hydroxide, a strong base).
Jun
21
comment Turn off multithreading in pymol
@DanielStandage So on the (fictional) Builders.SE site, "How do I fix my circular saw?" should be closed because it's not about building anything?
Apr
1
comment How can I pare down a PDB file in Python to only include specific residues?
@David unfamiliar with that site, if you think it's better there, feel free to flag a mod down.
Mar
29
comment What is the advantage of using starter cultures for growing bacteria?
I'm not sure if I'm reading into this incorrectly, but does E. coli (or monocultures in general) function commensally? e.g., if I inoculate 5 mL or 1 L with the same number of cells, will the 5 mL produce more cells (not density) faster?
Mar
25
comment How can I pare down a PDB file in Python to only include specific residues?
@MadScientist from within a script running outside of PyMol?
Mar
25
comment How can I pare down a PDB file in Python to only include specific residues?
@leonardo some sort of manual hack like that may work (as mapmask seems to expand a little anyway), but doesn't seem that optimal. I'll beat on this for a while and let you know what I come up with.
Feb
2
comment How do I change bond colors to something besides a different hue in Coot?
@Rory, they're not buttons
Jan
24
comment Why have humans evolved much more quickly than other animals?
I don't understand your last question; evolution is largely directed by genetics, a modified organ doesn't pass itself along (just as amputees don't have limbless children).
Jan
24
comment Why have humans evolved much more quickly than other animals?
@MatthewPatrickCashatt it seems like you're coming at it from a fairly anthropocentric view which stoicfury is trying to address
Jan
24
comment Why is a lack of oxygen fatal to cells?
You're being a bit anthropocentric, plenty of organisms get on fine without, some are even harmed by free oxygen. :P
Jan
24
comment Do mitochondria simply automatically convert glucose to ATP?
Mitochondria only have a handful of genes; their regulation is utterly intertwined with their host. Additionally, only the TCA (Krebs, Citric Acid...) cycle occurs within mitochondria; glycolysis occurs in the cytosol.
Jan
20
comment How do I get the current “camera position” in PyMol so I can reuse it in scripts?
Ah, I guess if I translated the "command line/interactive form" of the commands into the API version, I should have also kept those parenthesis that get_view returns so they're really nested (so you do pass it a tuple). Would look like cmd.set_view((1,2,3...))
Jan
17
comment What is the origin of “melting” in molecular genetics?
What if you just consider melting where the intermolecular forces (here, base pairing) give way?
Jan
17
comment Are there any plants that fix their own nitrogen?
Fun Fact: 80% of the nitrogen in human tissues was fixed synthetically via the Haber-Bosch process
Jan
8
comment What causes the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria?
@J.M. you're eluding to how calling it a "war" is a bit of a lie; reminds me of a guy on TotN talking about the "war on cancer"