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by debogail
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 277900

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

I found the first 1.5 books of LoTR to be particularly unenjoyable. In terms of overrated, I have had more than one person tell me how powerful and moving the symbolism is in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe . Admittedly, the last time I read it I was under 10, but I remember it as a fairly mud...
by debogail
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Scientists produce spider silk in lab
Replies: 21
Views: 3323

Re: Scientists produce spider silk in lab

I presume based on the questions you asked that you have better than a laymans understanding of proteins, which makes your question about 'what do you mean by tertiary attraction?' somewhat confusing to me. I'm used to using different terminology. I would usually refer to "tertiary structure o...
by debogail
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Scientists produce spider silk in lab
Replies: 21
Views: 3323

Re: Scientists produce spider silk in lab

One neat thing about why it is so strong is that the fiber itself forms periodic tangles due to tertiary attraction, and when pulled, all those interactions resist. What do you mean by "tertiary attraction"? Presumably a structural feature of the protein? Do you know if there's fiber ...
by debogail
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [CHEMISTRY] What have I created?
Replies: 3
Views: 2752

Re: [CHEMISTRY] What have I created?

I couldn't resist trying to figure out what it is, and since I found it I figured I would share. It's a synthetic polysaccharide used as an enzymatic inhibitor. A few directions to look if you're still interested: (Sorry I can't post the links!) S. Parks, S. Hyun, SI Do, J Yu. "Selective α-gluc...
by debogail
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 68139

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

I couldn't resist the urge to stop lurking and start commenting. To be upfront about the biases that I bring to this discussion, the first 13 years of my education were at private religious schools in the US, and the remainder at public universities. I don't believe I have suffered significant cogni...

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