“What is your quest?”

That thing where you indavertantly facilitate a polite-ish discussion between Michael Eisen and Ewan Birney about ENCODE’s claims regarding “biochemical function” in the genome using modified Monty Python and the Holy Grail* quotes: With a “wafer thin” side of Open Access: You can check out the Storify of the #MontyPythonidae edition of #SCInema here. *An apropos … Continue reading ““What is your quest?””

Who ya gonna call?

We typically do our #SCInema sciencing of movie quotes on Friday. This past friday happened to be Halloween. So, we took a whack at the classic film Ghostbusters, which turned 30 this year*. If you have not watched Ghostbusters recently, you are cheating yourself. It holds up. Bill Murray. Dan Aykroyd. Harold Ramis. Sigourney Weaver. Rick Moranis. Directed … Continue reading “Who ya gonna call?”

#ShakesPeerReview

It has oft been our wont on a Friday to indulge in a bit of sciencing of movie quotes – a practice we have saddled with the Twitter sobriquet #SCInema. This Friday, however, was not like most Fridays. For, on this Friday, my friends at the Science for the People podcast released a show featuring interviews with … Continue reading “#ShakesPeerReview”

Science of the Lambs

To help get us in the mood for Halloween, our most recent SCInema target was the psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Some participants may have found the ease with which they could put their thesis advisor’s words into the mouth of a psychopathic killer a bit disturbing, that should not take away from … Continue reading “Science of the Lambs”

#casLABlanca

We took some time off from corrupting classic(ish) films with science, but we came back strong this past Friday with #casLABlanca – a noble effort to science-fy the 1942 classic Casablanca. Despite the risk this posed, I was pleased with the results (measured by my lack of productivity on Friday), but I amuse easily. You can read … Continue reading “#casLABlanca”