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noun, plural: observations

(1) The act of attentive watching, perceiving, or noticing

(2) The data measured, collected, perceived or noticed, especially during an experiment


Word origin: Latin observationem (a watching over)


  • (scientific) findings

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Lacking in the list of largely useless and wasted testing is the observation of hemolysis on sheep blood agar.

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by Cepacia
Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: ID OF UNKNOWN?!?!
Replies: 5
Views: 1358

Re: Re:

... or an artifact. Otherwise the blue 'dots' in the images look mostly extracellular, though I am not certain what is the significance of this observation. I have looked at a fair number of blood films and bacterial samples in my life, but unfortunately I do not recall ever seeing a case of ...

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by biohazard
Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: What do you think these are, in my blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 3425

Re: Please help me decide which microscope to buy

... may end up being within the culture flask plastic instead of up far enough to see cells. However, an inverted scope is hard to beat for culture observations if you are working with flasks and need to keep them sterile during observation. If you need high-resolution images, down to the level ...

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by jonmoulton
Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please help me decide which microscope to buy
Replies: 2
Views: 789


... countermanding the prediction is logically equivalent to observing it, and the sciences we appeal to for the relevant laws are dependent on observation, so we cannot simply rule out an observation which conflicts with our thesis. The consequence of this is that no law of empirical science ...

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by ughaibu
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Do We Have The Freedom Of Choice?
Replies: 27
Views: 18498


... Jack made the point that living things are very well adapted, or optimized, for what we do. This isn't hubris. It's data; it's a fundamental observation about living things which cries out for an explanation -- and evolution is the biological explanation for the superb adaption we observe ...

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by ChrisHoStuart
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Beneficial mutations vs harmful
Replies: 12
Views: 3811
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