TOAST database is live

The TOAST (Test Of Arabidopsis Space Transcriptome) database is now live. This database has been a long time coming.  When I started astrobotany.com, I wanted it to be a resource for researchers, specifically spaceflight plant biology researchers.  The implementation of the TOAST database is a step forward in making astrobotany.com a more useful tool for […]

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Tsiolkovsky says “Show me the Money”

Molecular Biology Stuff First off, major accomplishment of the semester is the Starbucks Madison State St. baristas now know me by name. Richard was teaching one of the undergrads how to use SerialCloner this morning.  Serial Cloner is an in-silica (in the computer) molecular biology tool.  We use it before we actually perform an experiment […]

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Astrobotany and Storytelling (and an exclusive Joe Zess interview)

Let me begin with some brief comments: I’ve never been a blogger before, but so far I am enjoying it.  It’s a bit different from social media – where you can expose your friends to your thoughts no matter what they are about.  If you blog, your audience is only the people who choose to […]

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Check out UW Astronomy Club

We pitched for UW Botany Club a couple days ago… so seeing as we are an astrobotany website, we are coming full circle and now pitching for UW Astronomy Club as well! Here’s the pitch: Are you interested in astronomy? If you have a career interest in astrophysics, or if you simply want to learn more […]

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Graphic Design And a Weekend in Chicago

It’s always good to get off campus, and this weekend I traveled with my parents to Chicago and Milwaukee to run some errands.  In the suburb of Arlington Heights we ate at a really excellent Korean restaurant called Ttowa.  Their bibimbap and bulgogi was so good.  This doesn’t have a whole lot to do with […]

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Madison West Rocketry Team Visits the Lab

The Madison West Rocketry Team stopped by lab today!  Dr. Richard Barker led the discussion about spaceflight and plants.  In the past, Madison West Rocketry has launched plant samples in collaboration with the Gilroy lab.  Richard began by talking about gravity gradients and asked the students various questions.  “Is there such thing as zero gravity?” […]

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Ice Cream Scooper 3000

This morning in lab Richard and I pulled out some plants from the TOUCH-O-MATIC plant mechanical stimulus device.  Plants being touched included Mizuna lettuce, which has been previously grown on the International Space Station.  If you want some free basil or mizuna feel free to stop in lab to grab some!   Speaking of the […]

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Site Layout Updated!!!

Site Update! Our very talented web developer Isaac Evavold has updated astrobotany.com’s layout.  We’re going to continue to update the site, but this is the first step in moving the site into a more aesthetic and user-friendly direction.  Be sure to explore the site and we apologize for any formatting concerns. Chess Dirk Spencer was […]

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Happy October!!!

Boo! It’s October now and I’ve changed the site logo to something a bit more… spooktacular.  Really, Halloween is great and I’m excited for the fall weather to come in a bit stronger.  I don’t think a pumpkin has ever been grown in space; and for good reason, probably.  The logistics of growing one of […]

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An Even Slower Friday

There were a lot of molecular biology undergraduates in the lab today.  There was even a team of engineers working on a clinostat.  I didn’t get into lab until around 1:30 because I was feeling unwell.  Something’s going around in the lab.  Isaac came in and we worked on the new site design.  Hopefully we […]

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