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Friday Coffee Break: Gamers Solve AIDS Enzyme, Texas Fights for Stem Cells, and Further Fantastic Feats of Science

September 23, 2011

Bits and pieces (largely but not always entirely related to life science) to muse over–or check out and save for later–while enjoying a well-deserved Friday coffee. Or tea. Enjoy!

ONLINE GAMERS CRACK AIDS ENZYME PUZZLE
Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE THERMOMETER
Watch the Golden Gate Bridge rise and fall as much as 16 feet based on the temperature.
THE UNITED STATES OF AWESOME/SHAME
They can’t all have the most organic farms or the lowest air pollution, but every U.S. state is No. 1 in some environmental or public health category … and No. 50 in another. These infographics show each state’s strengths and weaknesses.
TEXAS FIGHTS FOR STEM CELLS
Governor Rick Perry prepares to face off against the FDA over stem cell treatments.
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