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Originally from the UK, I now live in the north of Sweden with Crickson

We are scientists :)

I also knit, bake and play the recorder, but not all at once.

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Want to find out about proteins? Try this for starters - RCSB Protein data bank: Molecule of the Month in alphabetical order

Want to find out what is known about any particular gene? Here's a good place to start. - Entrez Gene This is probably my favourite starting point for finding out about a new gene of interest and has handy links to most of the references and sequence information.

Want to find a piece of peer-reviewed scientific research? Want to check the references from an article, or look up the publication record of an expert quoted in a newspaper or blog piece? Try this database. It will give you the abstract (outline) of every paper and will link to the full thing and tell you which articles are free and open-access. - NCBI's PubMed All newly published research is quickly added to this site.

Want to be able to decode DNA? This is how DNA codes for protein, and is, to my eyes, a thing of beauty. - The Genetic Code (presented here as RNA. For DNA, simply replace the U's with T's (Uracil with Thymine)).

And for geeks who need to get out more :) - The PCR Song and another PCR song

Good for your brain: - Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog

It's the little things that keep you going...

At last! Welcome home Lucia :)
About Lucia
Lucia a miscarriage of justice. English translation
Lucia. Other relevant links can be found here
Lucia De Berk - Out but not free - update from Dhamaka
English translation of original (Dutch) site here

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For Geo - sunset mode or not?

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These 2 were both taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, the 1st in sunset mode, the second in automatic. I like both, the automatic mode seems more true to life somehow. What do you think?

MaggieD says:

Wow, the sunset mode is more dramatic, and I am sure once the sun is just sinking below the horizon it might be more realistic ..... as it is the second one does look more true to life ....

13th Feb 2009, 18:39

nige says:

I much prefer the first, but then I do have an inclination towards the hyperreal ;)

13th Feb 2009, 18:48

Spiderbaby says:

Maggie - I know what you mean. It's nice to have the choice though, I'm really loving having a proper camera. Haven't really got to grips with it properly yet, but having fun all the same. I do feel disloyal to my trusty K750i though, I will have to make it up to it somehow.

nige - only an inclination? ;)

13th Feb 2009, 19:07

nige says:

Well, perhaps a bit more than just an inclination...heh

13th Feb 2009, 19:08

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13th Feb 2009, 19:17

FilbertFox says:

well i likes em both I have to say

16th Feb 2009, 13:30

Geodyne says:

I think I prefer the second one as well! Sunset mode obviously intensifies the colours.

On that note, how do you like the Lumix? I've been meaning to buy one for ages and like to canvas opinions.

16th Feb 2009, 13:44

Spiderbaby says:

I like this Lumix very much. It's my first proper camera in years, so I'm still getting used to it. It has a great many scene modes (which all have their own defaults for exposure, light balance, face detection, etc), I haven't yet worked out quite which is best to use for what but the auto mode is pretty good at telling what it is you need. The 10x optical zoom is really good, and you can add a bit more digital zoom onto that if you need to. Burst mode is pretty good too and it does a very nice macro.
Once you've selected a mode to be in (or just using auto) there is a quick menu button which quickly lets you reset the aspect ratio (choice of 3), exposure settings, burst mode or not, where you want the thing to focus, ISO and all of that. There is a quick button also for macro on/off which I like, and another for setting the type of flash you want quickly.
There's no manual focus stick like there is on Crickson's Lumix DMC-LX1, so it's not quite so versatile as the older one. Battery life is looking good so far. It has a lovely screen on the back too.
I'm really pleased with it. One day I might know what all the options mean but until then I'll let it do what it thinks best :)

16th Feb 2009, 19:57