Jan. 19th, 2013

bagpuss: (mimas death star)
A while ago Randal Monroe drew/wrote an excellent comic about the Saturn V only using the 1000 most common words in the english language, it is titled Up Goer 5

http://xkcd.com/1133/

Someone else who I don't know the name of has created a text editor which tells you if you using a word which isn't part of that 1000 so we can all try and explain something

http://splasho.com/upgoer5

I first saw the explaintation of Saturn which is amazing

http://io9.com/5977086/this-upgoerfive-about-saturn-and-its-moons-is-a-truly-beautiful-thing

Ben Goldacre's explanation of RCTs is also good

http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/randomised-trials-blinding-systematic-reviews

I had a go at genomics, I didn't get very far
All cells in your body have a long line of letters inside them. These letters show the cell what work needs to be done to grow. We study these lines of letters to understand life

It is quite difficult

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