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(NPR)   This week in "scientist's daughter does cool science fair project": Trees may kill you with a fungal infection   ( ) divider line
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1389 clicks; posted to Geek » on 23 Aug 2014 at 2:48 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-08-23 11:56:14 AM  
Obviously, we have to get the trees before they get us.
2014-08-23 12:20:18 PM  

/M. Night Shyamalan was right!
2014-08-23 12:33:25 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: OH MY GOD!

/M. Night Shyamalan was right!

The twist is that someone thought it was interesting to find out
2014-08-23 02:21:12 PM  
Actually he's doing much better.
2014-08-23 03:03:36 PM

2014-08-23 03:15:28 PM  

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2014-08-23 03:21:19 PM  
Let's see, what was I doing at 14?....
2014-08-23 03:48:10 PM  
That's what happens when you don't use protection:
2014-08-23 04:38:25 PM  
Okay I'm convinced. Get out the buzzsaws! Thneeds for everyone!
2014-08-23 04:39:06 PM
2014-08-23 04:39:12 PM  
Oh, and before anyone else gets to say it................

2014-08-23 06:16:13 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Oh, and before anyone else gets to say it................


Never go full groot, best to sudo

/with great power comes great responsibility
2014-08-23 07:20:38 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Oh, and before anyone else gets to say it................


2014-08-23 09:49:36 PM
2014-08-23 10:25:26 PM  
Pretty sure this was an episode of X-Files...
2014-08-24 09:14:09 AM  
Man...  That was a terrible movie.
2014-08-24 11:09:49 AM  
Elan Filler, a 7th grader who was looking for a science fair project. Her dad, , an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, ran into , Springer's advisor, at a conference, and told him about Elan. Heitman told Springer.

Elan Filler at the LA County Science and Engineering Fair with her project on Cryptococcus gattii.
Anne Maben/Courtesy of LA County Science & Engineering Fair

Elan Filler and Springer connected on email and figured out a plan. Soon Elan was making her way around greater Los Angeles, swabbing tree trunks and growing out the fungus in Petri dishes. None of the eucalyptus trees in the first batch she gathered tested positive for C. gattii, so she expanded her tests to include more types of trees.
Springer analyzed the genetic fingerprints of fungi in the samples that Elan sent to North Carolina.

So... a post-doc had to take time away from her own slavery work to analyze this brat's data?  Because her boss' friend's daughter wanted to look like a prodigy at the science fair?  Sounds great to me.
2014-08-24 11:24:28 AM  

Schmerd1948: Let's see, what was I doing at 14?....

I was swabbing something, but not trees.

Playing doctor FTW!
2014-08-25 03:22:26 AM  

Cpl.D: Are you kidding me?  This place is ripe for a Chell/Potato reference.

Beware of science projects, especially those left in abandoned mineshafts..
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