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Methane-digesting Enzyme

Scientists used X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory to characterize the first enzyme in the pathway that bacteria use to convert methane to methanol. This important breakthrough is helping researchers improve the synthesis of methanol—a process that would make natural gas a viable energy alternative to petroleum.

Credit: A.C. Rosenzweig and R.L. Lieberman (Northwestern University) using Argonne National Lab’s Advanced Photon Source
We only need to look at our own bodies to discover mysterious monsters and amazing creatures—if one can agree that such things sometimes come in very small packages. In case you didn’t know, you are a minority in your own skin. You are a walking ecosystem of immense complexity and diversity. So much so, that the space occupied by your body is less “you” and more “other creatures.” By this I mean that some ten trillion cells are “yours” in the sense that they contain your DNA, but there are more than one hundred trillion parasites, predators, freeloaders, and helpful cohabitants that…
heythereuniverse:

Molecular model of a ribosome | Wellcome Images
Molecular model of a bacterial ribosome showing the RNA and protein components in the form of ribbon models. In the large (50S) subunit the 23S RNA is shown in cyan, the 5S RNA in green and the associated proteins in purple. In the small (30S) subunit the 16S RNA is shown in yellow and the proteins in orange. The three solid elements in the centre of the ribosome, coloured green, red and reddish brown are the transfer RNAs (tRNAs) in the A, P and E sites respectively. The anticodon loops of the tRNAs are buried in a cleft in the small subunit where they interact with mRNA. The other ends of the tRNA, which carry the peptide and amino acid, are buried in the peptidyl transferase centre of the large subunit, where peptide bond formation occurs.
Your mind is a universe inside a universe. The cells of your body resonate with the energy of your environment, and cells of your brain resonate with those of your body. Consciousness is a fractal of the Universe simulating itself.
“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain will also be a mystery.”
― Santiago Ramón y Cajal
diamidinophenylindolee:

Single neuron under the electron microscope.
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Mouse neuron showing multiple neuritis with fan-shaped growth cones.
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neuroimages:

3D reconstruction of 20,000 serial electron micrographs showing a 379-neuron visual motion detection circuit in the fruit fly retina. From Takemura, et al. (2013).
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