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Written By: grant on January 6, 2014 No Comment

The Guardian polls scientists to get their favorite (and corniest) science jokes:

? A weed scientist goes into a shop. He asks: “Hey, you got any of that inhibitor of 3-phosphoshikimate-carboxyvinyl transferase? Shopkeeper: “You mean Roundup?” Scientist: “Yeah, that’s it. I can never remember that dang name.”

Made up by and first told by me.
John [...]

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Written By: grant on November 5, 2013 No Comment

You might have seen on BBC and elsewhere that India launched a rocket to Mars. But have you seen the Quartz article on just how inexpensively they managed to do it?:

Christened Mangalyaan, or Mars vehicle, the rocket is part of a scientific mission that cost a grand total of Rs 4.5 billion, [...]

Written By: grant on October 25, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg is sending out the call, as the Pentagon prepares to team up with brain-tech DIYers:

[...A]t the Maker Faire in New York, a new low-cost EEG recording front end was debuted at DARPA’s booth. Known as OpenBCI, the device can process eight channels of high quality EEG data, and interface it to [...]

Written By: grant on July 29, 2013 No Comment

FT.com introduces us to the genteel, cultured Fabiola Gianotti – accomplished pianist, paleontologist’s daughter, coffee enthusiast, trained classicist… and the kind of person who hunts the Higgs boson:

Nature is her ultimate inspiration, Gianotti says, and she explains how she inherited her love of it from her father, an Italian micropaleontologist. His work meant [...]

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Written By: grant on July 10, 2013 No Comment

Slate has printed his controversial plan to live up to the promise of gene science without the industrial agriculture downside:

The GMO story has become mired in the eco-wrecking narrative of industrial agriculture, and that is too bad for those who understand the real risks of climate change and discern our desperate need for [...]

Written By: grant on June 26, 2013 No Comment

Nature bemoans the fact that America’s technological prowess is on the wane – and it’s getting really obvious that our science fleet has seen better days:

“The community is deeply concerned that the ability to go to sea will be significantly reduced in the next decade, as research ships are retired or laid up,” says [...]

Written By: grant on June 6, 2013 No Comment

Scientific American looks forward to an experimental party. We’re going to watch what happens when you put 30 young chemists in a room with some of the world’s brightest scientists:

Each year hundreds of the best and brightest researchers gather in Lindau, Germany, for the Nobel Laureate Meeting. There, the newest generation of scientists [...]

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