Category Archives: Snarkings

Snarking the Science of Scorpion

I don’t normally watch the TV show Scorpion, the pitch meeting for which I imagine included someone saying “Imagine Big Bang Theory was a cop show.” But my girlfriend’s parents were visiting, so I didn’t have control of the remote. … Continue reading

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Why our count of protein-coding genes should not necessarily shrink

Sometimes the most obvious, first-pass questions are the hardest ones to answer: How big is the universe? What kinds of cells are in the body? How many genes do humans have? Yeah, despite the work we’ve done with them, we … Continue reading

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Snarking Pea Genes in Guns, Germs, and Steel

So I’m finally getting around to reading Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer winner (spoiler: humans with guns win and those that don’t don’t), and I stopped in my tracks when I got to a bold genetics claim. It smelled a little too … Continue reading

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Snarking Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – FZZT

*SPOILERS WITHIN* This episode centers on an alien virus wreaking havoc on the team. They eventually figure out that it’s passed from victim to victim not by common ways like airborne particles or physical contact but instead by static shock. … Continue reading

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Snarking The X-Files: The Post-Modern Prometheus

Before we get into it, look at this picture from a different episode. Look at it! Then-NIH Director and current NCI Director Dr. Harold Varmus in a Senate hearing with FBI Assistant Director Skinner! Anyone? Fine, I guess I’m the … Continue reading

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