Why ‘Failure’ Is Good For Science

Picture this. You’ve grinding away at your lab bench or instrument workstation or computer (for those computational folks) for hours trying to come up with some usable data. You’ve spent the last few days trying new approaches to the same problem, to no avail. Maybe you’re sick with a cold. Maybe it’s late in the evening and you’re trying to get home. A notification pops … Continue reading Why ‘Failure’ Is Good For Science

St. Patty’s Post: Beerzymes (Alpha & Beta Amylase)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! EDIT: This was obviously supposed to post on March 17th.  Personally, this is one of my favorite holidays. Cured meats, good beer, and stories of missionaries driving snakes (an obvious metaphor for Irish druidism) from Ireland – what more could you possibly want? In the spirit of the holiday, I’m going to showcase two interesting enzymes (or beerzymes as I whimsically … Continue reading St. Patty’s Post: Beerzymes (Alpha & Beta Amylase)