It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

How is astronomy like biology? Every time we build better tools for observation (eg, space telescopes & next-generation sequencers), we learn about the incredible variety of things that we are missing and get to wildly speculate about what it all means (we also get to regularly confuse “wild speculation” for actual “knowledge”).

“Exoplanet Neighborhood” by Randall Munroe at xkcd (CC BY-NC 2.5)

Significant cell death

xkcd by Randall Munroe (CC BY-NC)
xkcd by Randall Munroe (CC BY-NC)

Bleach also works. And high concentrations of ethanol (works for humans too).

Also, just leaving the petri dish out on your lab bench to desiccate.

Quanta Sutra

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has spent more than 42 seconds on the Internet that there is a small, but erudite niche of love/sex humor based on particle physics and quantum mechanics. I like to refer to this branch of comedy collectively as the Quanta Sutra. I’m telling you this, because I recently found the following effort, at the expense of physics students, by Zach Weiner of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

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xkcd: Clinically Studied Ingredient

xkcd by Randall Munroe