Tag: Scientific Imaging

Science Fail Monday: How a dead salmon taught us about statistics

Science Fail Monday: How a dead salmon taught us about statistics

Any scientist knows the importance of a good negative control. A negative control in an experiment is a group of samples or subjects in which no response is expected to an experimental treatment. The experimental group can then be compared to the control group. Such…

Understanding Sea Turtle Navigation with Laser-based Imaging

Understanding Sea Turtle Navigation with Laser-based Imaging

If you’ve ever been lost in an unfamiliar city or tried to walk around in the dark, then you may have found yourself wishing you had the eyes of a cat or the echolocation abilities of a bat. But have you ever wished for the…

Uncovering Ancient Mysteries with Cosmic Rays

Uncovering Ancient Mysteries with Cosmic Rays

You probably don’t usually think of particle physics and the Great Pyramid of Giza as having much in common. In some ways, the two seem diametrically opposed: the Giza Pyramid is the pinnacle of past achievement while particle physics relies on cutting-edge technology. The Great…

The Excellent Journey of Bob Bagnell

As I enter the Microscopy Services Laboratory (MSL), a soft southern accent greets me: “Come in- want a cucumber? Help yourself!” Dr. Bob Bagnell, the faculty director of the MSL, is an institution at UNC. Over the course of thirty years, he has developed the…

The Pillars of Creation and Destruction

The Pillars of Creation and Destruction

We like to think of the Universe as static. Our time is very short compared to the age of the Universe. But there are processes in space that happen on the time scales we inhabit. The variation in brightness of certain types of stars allow…

Canis lupus familiaris gestation and postnatal development

Puppies are cute. We don’t often get to see them in utero, but now we can, thanks to this sweet radiograph courtesy of my mom, a Labradoodle breeder at Red Rock Doodles. Can you guess the number of puppies by counting the heads and tails?…