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raft

1. A collection of logs, boards, pieces of timber, or the like, fastened, together, either for their own collective conveyance on the water, or to serve as a support in conveying other things; a float.

2. A collection of logs, fallen trees, etc. (such as is formed in some western rivers of the united states), which obstructs navigation.

3. [Perhaps akin to raff a heap] A large collection of people or things taken indiscriminately. A whole raft of folks. Raft bridge. A bridge whose points of support are rafts. A bridge that consists of floating timbers fastened together. Raft duck. [The name alludes to its swimming in dense flocks.

(Science: zoology) A large, square port in a vessel's side for loading or unloading timber or other bulky articles; a timber or lumber port.

Origin: Originally, a rafter, spar, and fr. Icel. Raptr a rafter; akin to Dan. Raft, Prov. G. Raff a rafter, spar; cf. OHG. Rafo, ravo, a beam, rafter, Icel. Raf roof. Cf. Rafter.


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caveolae and caveolin1

1.caveolae which are a special type of lipid raft, are small (50–100 nanometer) invaginations of the plasma membrane in many vertebrate cell types, especially in endothelial cells and adipocytes. have several functions in signal transduction.[1] ...

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by taruntbiotech
Mon May 14, 2012 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: caveolae and caveolin1
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Does muliplication Rule of probability apply on sexes?

... and then they can do magic. Actually it just in par with juggling with burning working chain saws blidfolded while staying afloat on an unstable raft on lake of gasoline. Basic science skillset ;)

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by canalon
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:20 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does muliplication Rule of probability apply on sexes?
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Lipid Trafficking

oh I did not contest that the proteins specifically associate with lipid rafts. this is a common phenomenon in membrane biochemistry. I just don't see how a cell could specifically target proteins at lipid rafts. well. I can imagine an abstract way: receptor ...

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by MrMistery
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Lipid Trafficking
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A Monkey's Uncle

... of geophysicists (if that’s what they called them in those days) cleared their throats and brazenly suggested that whole continents might just raft around the globe on magma. When the laughter died down and a few decades had passed by, the idea didn’t seem quite so silly. But nothing had changed; ...

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by narrowstaircase
Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:46 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: A Monkey's Uncle
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A Monkey's Uncle

... of geophysicists (if that’s what they called them in those days) cleared their throats and brazenly suggested that whole continents might just raft around the globe on magma. When the laughter died down and a few decades had passed by, the idea didn’t seem quite so silly. But nothing had changed; ...

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by JDavidE
Sat Mar 17, 2007 10:35 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: A Monkey's Uncle
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