christmas tree

Janis Stoneberg

So, who has finished their holiday shopping? If you are, like me, watching your internet delivery notifications with a rising sense of panic, then never fear. We have a midweek festive roundup to cheer you through those frantic clicks of the refresh button. We can’t make your shopping happen faster, but we can make the process a little less painful.

From all of us here at FLG, have a wonderful vacation, and we will see you in 2017!

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world

If you’ve ever watched physician and epidemiologist Hans Rosling give a TED talk before, you’ll know that he brings massive population datasets to life like no one else, assisted in equal measure by beautiful visuals and a excessively long board pointer. In this article for Nature, Amy Maxman speaks to the man who has turned his attention to arming influential people with the facts. “You can do anything as long as you talk with people and listen to people and talk with the intelligentsia of the community,” says Rosling.

A medical billing code guide to holiday injuries

Toppling of a step ladder entangled in fairy lights may be par for the course at this time of year, and thankfully the new national medical billing system in the US has a code to account for many standard (and some non-standard) holiday injuries. The latter would probably be covered by W11.XXXA: “Fall on or from a ladder”. Those of us in the northern hemisphere may also be at risk from X02.8XXA: “Other exposure to controlled fire”. But we can only speculate as to the events leading up to the unfortunate W61.42XA: “Struck by a turkey”.

Babies with three biological parents are coming to the UK

Mitochondrial donation may have already been used, with the first baby created using the technique born earlier this year and more set to appear early in the new year. But last week the UK became the first country to officially approve the fertility treatment to help some women, carriers of rare mitochondrial disease, conceive healthy children. 

Watch a parrot wearing goggles fly through a laser sheet

You’re welcome. Obi-Wan Kenobi the parrot may have looked fabulous, but sadly his epic flight only served to show just how much we still don’t know about animal flight. The researchers set out to illustrate a problem that’s been warned of in their field of study, but never tested: The three most popular methods used to calculate lift, or how much force winged animals use to keep their bodies soaring, are frequently inconsistent and inaccurate.

And one from us…

Truly personal genomics – Clive Brown, Oxford Nanopore

We speak to Clive Brown, CTO of Oxford Nanopore, about the “CliveOme”: his latest project to entirely self-sequence his own genome.