What do you think of when you picture a marine biologist at work? Perhaps a SCUBA diver counting animals underwater, or people leaning over the side of a boat to put tags on whales, or exploring the deep ocean using submarines. Or even a person bending over a microscope, trying to identify tiny plankton. Few people would picture someone sorting through the contents of ancient trash heaps, or comparing Roman mosaic artworks, or poring over old colonial maps. After all, those are jobs for archaeologists and historians. Marine biologists study ocean life, not human history, right?
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Recent work by the Buckwalter Lab at Stanford University indicates that eliminating B cells following stroke may protect patients from later developing vascular dementia.
Cancer is difficult to treat because it mutates quickly and frequently, enabling cancer cells to develop resistance to many therapies. However, scientists and doctors can take advantage of the many mutations in cancer using a concept called synthetic lethality.
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We can use mathematical and computational techniques to analyze texts with unknown authorship to see if we can determine who wrote them. I present two simple examples of these techniques and use them to answer questions about the writings of William Shakespeare.