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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on November 18th, 2014, 2:14 am 

And what is that?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on November 18th, 2014, 11:47 am 

Its another organelle, Watson, packages proteins and lipids for transport. It's the only organelle named for a scientist. I was mostly playing along with the notion of having a favorite organelle.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Sara001 on November 18th, 2014, 5:24 pm 

It's the only organelle named for a scientist.


Exciting- I never knew that! Now I must engage Google to discover if this Golgi character had anything to do with Golgi tendon organs as well!
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on November 18th, 2014, 11:10 pm 

Now I must also engage Google.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Sara001 on November 19th, 2014, 9:02 am 

And the answer is....YES! GTOs and the Golgi apparatus are both named after the Italian physician, Camillo Golgi!
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Hello everybody : )

Postby Cosmo on November 30th, 2014, 11:10 pm 

Greetings!

In my quest to find a group of like-minded people with whom to discuss those topics with which most don't identify, I joined this forum.
Thought I'd make my first post an introduction.

My name is David, I'm 47 and reside in Bend, OR.
My scientific interests are rather broad: cosmology, technology, chemistry and biology, in that order.

The last forum of which I was a member was a site dedicated to the keeping of piranhas, haha... a hobby in which I'm still somewhat active, but not to the extent I was a decade or so ago.
It's time to join a new site, thought I'd try this one out, as science is my, well... obsession, and I've found it difficult to find those with whom to discuss it in person.
I'm also at that point in my career where I can finally unclench a little and stretch my creative wings.

Looking forward to delving into some of the forums and seeing what SPCF is all about : )
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on December 1st, 2014, 12:37 am 

Hello and welcome.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby BioWizard on December 1st, 2014, 8:15 am 

Welcome Cosmo. Piranhas eh? Well that's different. Hope you enjoy your science talk around here.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Cosmo on December 1st, 2014, 11:07 am 

Thanks guys : )
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on December 2nd, 2014, 2:36 pm 

A couple questions - what do you feed your piranhas? and, how many fingers do you have?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Cosmo on December 2nd, 2014, 3:04 pm 

Haha, good questions.

I only have 1 left at this point, a "solitary species specimen", S. spilopleura.
His diet consists almost entirely of "superworms" (Z. morio), the larvae of a darkling beetle.
Now and then I'll throw in a small piece of raw steak, shrimp or similar.

"Back in the day", (4 - 16 years ago) I had up to 25 red belly piranha (P. nattereri) in a large aquarium that's embedded in the wall of my theater room.
This aquarium is now inhabited by a single largemouth bass.

Although some do, I was never one to throw live critters in the tank, but would prefer to get my 'kicks' out of watching them tear apart a 200g chunk of raw beef in approx. 10 seconds.

Over the years I've kept around 10 different varieties of this intriguing/misunderstood fish.


p.s. I retain 5 digits on each hand ; )
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on December 2nd, 2014, 3:58 pm 

I saw a show recently on, I think it was the red belly brand of piranha. A guy got into the pool up to his chest in a pool full of the fish and they ignored him. They then put in a few drops of blood and through in a piece of meat and it disappeared in a froth of commotion. This was to demonstrate the blood is the feeding trigger.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Cosmo on December 2nd, 2014, 4:01 pm 

Yes, Jeremy Wade- one of my heroes!
I've probably watched every one of his episodes of River Monsters- including the one you referenced.

(That's exactly what I meant by "... misunderstood fish").
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby BioWizard on December 2nd, 2014, 4:12 pm 

Cosmo » 02 Dec 2014 04:01 pm wrote:Yes, Jeremy Wade- one of my heroes!
I've probably watched every one of his episodes of River Monsters- including the one you referenced.

(That's exactly what I meant by "... misunderstood fish").


Yes, misunderstood. Until you have a bleeding cut that is...
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on December 2nd, 2014, 4:14 pm 

River Monsters on the Discovery Channel. I have the latest show on now.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Cosmo on December 2nd, 2014, 4:49 pm 

Haha, what are the chances of that?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Cosmo on December 2nd, 2014, 4:50 pm 

BioWizard » December 2nd, 2014, 4:12 pm wrote:
Cosmo » 02 Dec 2014 04:01 pm wrote:Yes, Jeremy Wade- one of my heroes!
I've probably watched every one of his episodes of River Monsters- including the one you referenced.

(That's exactly what I meant by "... misunderstood fish").


Yes, misunderstood. Until you have a bleeding cut that is...


Agreed.
At that point it's understood that they have razor-sharp, interlocking teeth ; )
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby life_sucks on December 5th, 2014, 2:37 am 

Hi.My name is Lajnarp.I'm 17 and a high school science student.
I know classical physics.Like it.But,I dont think there's much I have to discuss in physics with my current level of physics and mathematics knowledge.
I'm mainly interested in discussing philosophy.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Cosmo on December 5th, 2014, 3:09 am 

Hi Lajnarp, I'm too new to extend you a "welcome to the site", so I'll just say "hello and it's a pleasure to meet you".
I'm far from an accomplished physicist or mathematician, but I have a huge interest, especially in the area of cosmology (hence the name).

I'm very "into" philosophy as well, everybody's got something to share in that department ; )

I'm mainly here to mingle and exchange ideas with people who share the same interests, and to learn as much as I can.
Looking forward to seeing you around the threads ; )
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby wolfhnd on December 15th, 2014, 3:17 pm 

life_sucks » Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:37 am wrote:Hi.My name is Lajnarp.I'm 17 and a high school science student.
I know classical physics.Like it.But,I dont think there's much I have to discuss in physics with my current level of physics and mathematics knowledge.
I'm mainly interested in discussing philosophy.


Tell us about life in Kolkata, West Bengal. I will never get to go there so I would really enjoy hearing a first hand account of your experiences.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on December 15th, 2014, 7:24 pm 

And thanks for making me have to plug coordinates into google maps!


If I reverse the letters of your name, it also looks like a Bengali name to my western eye - Pranjal. Am I right, or just taking crazy pills?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby life_sucks on December 16th, 2014, 2:20 am 

To Brainvat,
Let us assume for the moment that you are taking crazy pills... :D

To wolfhnd,
Well, I don't know if my life here is much different from that of kids from other countries...
I go to school everyday, study, go to tutions, play during holidays,etc. normal stuff a teenager is supposed to do...
My location has more to do with the difference in people, mentality, administration, ....
Well, the roads are very congested with people and vehicles...India has a large population, you know...And Kolkata being a metro-city has even more population density....
And since India is in the growing stage, in respect to economy,etc. there are various problems...
From time to time, there are "bandhs", I dunno what to call them...Roadblocks? People from political parties or common demands, setting up protest campaigns....and so for a day or two public transport is hampered...
Some times, the students protest, sometimes political parties, other times bus drivers, etc..
As for people, well... everybody speaks in Bengali, a few in Hindi...But for some time now, English schools are very popular....So, many of us "new generations" are more or less like kids in the west...
I mean...we read western books, hear western music,etc. etc.
Bengali and Western culture has fused extremely...

Well.....I dunno what to say...
If you asked me specifically about some aspect of life, I could clarify further I guess...
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby wolfhnd on December 16th, 2014, 2:35 am 

Hey thanks LS I will be bugging you shortly for more info.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby life_sucks on December 16th, 2014, 3:06 am 

Ok. :D

And sorry for the late reply...
But we have a time lag...
I come back in the morning, and find a lot of posts have been made....
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby wolfhnd on January 9th, 2015, 1:52 am 

It's time to bug you again LS. Tell us how you feel about India's colonial past. If you don't want to play that is ok too.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby BruceJ on January 9th, 2015, 7:20 am 

Hello all of you i am Bruce and i am new here, hope will enjoy staying here on this forum.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Faradave on January 9th, 2015, 12:56 pm 

Hi Bruce,

Welcome to SPCF! Nice to have you with us. I grew up in Bethlehem PA, not too far from you and still visit family in the area. I interned at St. Luke's then practice for 5 years before moving on to clinical research (transplantation immunology then female health). I'm confident you'll enjoy it here.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on January 9th, 2015, 8:32 pm 

Hi, Bruce. You seem to have the identical IP address of banned members MikeHotchkiss and Bruce123. Care to explain?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on January 9th, 2015, 8:48 pm 

People may learn from past things. Can we judge on what they do now. Not on what them have done in the past. If they are interested in coming back, a new, then fine. Watch, short lease, but welcomed. Depending on what got them banned in the first place, of course.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on January 9th, 2015, 9:16 pm 

Well, yes, nothing wrong with new leaf and all. However, his previous clones seemed to oscillate between living in PA and CT, and would post about cellphones in your pants making you sterile, or how stinging nettle remedies infertility. So, yes, short leash. Am also hoping for the citing of peer-reviewed studies on the fertility powers of raspberry leaves. Normally, I'd keep mum, but his flexibility regarding location and name made me wonder if he might be wasting Faradave's time.
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