Scientists are studying why some athletes with a sickle-cell mutation face a greater risk of sudden death
At TED Education, we're obsessed with learning. Whether it's about the history of the cell theory, or how to write a slam poem. And since I happen to be obsessed with science, I have a particularly fond place in my heart for our science lessons.
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Whoa, we are in Iceland. Our thirty days at sea are over. This is the sappy wrap up post, so I'll try to keep the poetic waxing to a minimum.In the last 30 days, the scientists aboard the R/V Knorr have woken up early, gone to bed late, collected data, fought about which condiments were superior, eaten (a lot), sampled, sequenced, read, broke, fixed and finagled.
An M.I.T. Media Lab professor talks about new wristbands that measure seizures
For the past few days we've covered some of the scientists on board through their PI's: Kay Bidle, Jack DiTullio and Rachel, Petey and Jacob, Marco Coolen and Cherel, Anna Martins, Assaf and his gang.
So far we've met five of the six principal investigators of the cruise: Kay Bidle, Jack DiTullio, Marco Coolen, Anna Martins and Assaf Vardi. The only one left is Ben Van Mooy.Broadly, Ben's lab works on marine chemistry.
There's a lot going on here on the R/V Knorr. So much that I can't always keep track of it all. So I made a little flow chart for myself, and thought it might be helpful for you too.
Yesterday I mentioned that two of the coolest things about this cruise are time and scale. We covered time yesterday, looking at Marco Coolen's work on paleo-genetics and the history of Ehux's battle with the virus.
There are two really cool things about this research cruise: time and scale. The researchers are going from satellite images taken from far above the Earth, all the way down to the lipids and proteins found within individual Ehux cells, bridging a huge range of scales.
A while back I wrote about how the CTD was the most important instrument on board. Well, it turns out, I was wrong. Here's the most important instrument: Ena, the coffee maker.
One of the things a lot of people want to know is just who these scientists are in the first place. So in the next few days I'm going to introduce you to some of them.
One of the scientists on board, Chris Brown, visualized the relationship between Ehux and ship morale. The top there is real data, so you can see just how big the spike was in Ehux concentration in our new spot.
The Knorr is a big ship as far as research vessels go - but there's still no getting around the fact that you're in a little metal box in the middle of the ocean with 49 other people for a month.