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Michael Faraday Watches a Candle

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on Tuesday, 27 December 2011
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Teachable Moment: A beautiful reminder from Michael Faraday of the power of observation:  Observe....everything. Think about...everything. And don't interfere. Then do it again until you are sure you have it.

We take for granted that we understand the simple, and have moved on to the less simple. Michael Faraday gave an annual lecture on the burning candle, which is reproduced here. A beautiful read - and even better when spoken and delivered emphatically.

References: http://www.bartleby.com/30/7.html
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1860Faraday-candle.asp#Lecture%20I

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Protein Synthesis - An Epic on the Cellular Level

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on Friday, 29 April 2011
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Teachable Moment: Memorable illustration of protein synthesis, acted out.

Directed in 1971 by Robert Alan Weiss for the Department of Chemistry of Stanford University and imprinted with the "free love" aura of the period, this short film continues to be shown in biology class today. It has since spawn a series of similar funny attempts at vulgarizing protein synthesis. Narrated by Paul Berg, 1980 Nobel prize for Chemistry.

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