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Day 10 of Japan: Koyasan and Okunoin

Pictures ahoy and now complete with text!

Today we set out from Kyoto for Koyasan, a village in the nearby mountains that was founded by a Buddhist monk in the 800s AD and now has over 100 Buddhist temples.


Day 9 of Japan: Kyoto: Castles, and Temples, and Shrines (and Malls), oh my!

Today we hit a number of temples, shrines, and other attractions in Kyoto. We now just updated with some travelogue text — read on for details accompanying the pictures!

Day 8 of Japan: Kurama Onsen and Arashiyama

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Day 7 of Japan: To Kyoto and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Flea Market

We headed out from Tokyo to Kyoto, taking the “bullet train.” The theme for today’s story was just barely making things in time! Read on for details and many pictures. Now updated with pictures of our tiny Kyoto room — not sure how these got forgotten before!


Day 6 in Japan: Meguro Parasitological Museum and Shinjuku

So we’ve now updated this post with text — read on for details!


Day 5 in Japan: Ghibli Museum, Yoyogi Park, and Shibuya

Alright, we got some time to add details to the pictures for today — read on! 🙂


Day 4 in Japan: Tsukiji Fish Market, Hama-rikyu Gardens, and Science Museum

Today we had a day packed full of some of Tokyo’s best fish, gardens, and science! Quite the fun combination.

Day 3 in Japan: The Imperial Gardens and Shinjuku

Today was a day of much walking in Japan, as we explored the Imperial Palace grounds, the Imperial East Gardens, Shinjuku (a huge shopping district), and generally got our feel for the city of Tokyo.

Day 2 in Japan: Akihabara

Our first day of actual stuff in Japan saw us visit Akihabara, the electronics and anime mecca, as well as the Meiji Jingu shrine and Yoyogi Park.

Day 1 in Japan: Made it to our Tokyo hotel!

Our honeymoon in Japan has begun! We’re going to be trying to keep a running travelogue as we go, mostly as a place to share fun pictures that we take. Our first day was a travel-heavy day: Over 24 hours on airplanes, at airports, or on trains. Read on for quarantine adventures and pictures of our awesome hotel.


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My first first-author paper!

Just wanted to share that my first first-author paper is now online! In the journal Stem Cells and Development, here’s my paper on “Roles of Integrins in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Growth on Matrigel and Vitronectin.”

The Future of Scientific Publishing

Just read a fascinating (if lengthy) essay on disruptive technology and the future of scientific publishing. Well worth the read!


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All Things Stem Cell

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Time for Change

Obama has outlined a strategy for America, in great depth. Read all about!

Free Rice

Okay, I’ll admit that it’s entirely possible that I am the last person to learn about this website*, but it’s really addictive. 


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