Posts tagged ‘science’


So it seems that we should expect full genome sequences to be quite cheap within the next several years, if this trend is anything to go by. I think it’s time to start thinking about what effect this might have on health insurance.

Is a genetic disposition toward risk or alcoholism or cancer a pre-existing condition? Should it be treated as such? For what might a sequence be legally requested?

As far as things like personal medicine and gene therapy and the like go, the rapid decrease in sequencing cost is a big step forward. It also exposes an extremely private part of us, one that we shouldn’t want to be disseminated to government or corporations without a clear set of rules.

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jtotheizzoe:

explore-blog:

75 scientific mysteries, illustrated by 75 of today’s most exciting artists

This is “what existed before the Big Bang?”, but don’t miss the rest at the link above.

Gooood morning everybody








devoureth:

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More than a little disconcerting, especially considering Russell’s vipers are of the genus Daboia, which means the lurker and that lies hid(den), and enjoy living in high-density human populations. 

On the plus side, at least it’s not among the dozens of poisonous animals trying to take over Australia!



tachypomp:

sciencecenter:

The Vancouver Science World museum wins at advertising

Click through to see the whole gallery of awesome ads.

HELP THIS IS GREAT

Nothing proves science is awesome by demonstrating it! I think we can all agree that science demonstrations like these in public areas would make them much more enjoyable.

Sort of like these Seattle street corners!

jtotheizzoe:

Curious gorillas gaze at a caterpillar

This is awesome. I love how the dominant male pushes the other guy out of the way to get a better look.

Here we are, walking the fine line of animal behavior and human interpretation thereof. There’s curiosity in their eyes, but is this proof that they are bored, merely checking out their surroundings, or is there some deeper message about animal cognition there?

What do you think?

(via Why Evolution Is True)

What I would give to know what was going through their heads!

I think the focus on such a small, fairly insignificant creature in their domain has to indicate curiosity on a near-human level. Not to mention there is a ton of other distractions, people everywhere, a (probably) reflective lens right in front of them.

Things like this make it undeniably clear that humans and gorillas are relatively closely related.

The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program (UO SLP) offers General Education courses for non-science majors designed to improve scientific awareness and general science literacy of the educated public by enhancing competence in and appreciation of science. The SLP will empower undergraduates to consider scientific approaches to societal issues, enable graduate students in the sciences to effectively communicate ideas to audiences of non-scientists, and assist faculty in improving teaching techniques using modern pedagogy.

The Science Literacy Program at the University of Oregon

Yes. Yes. Yes. We need this so badly.

(via sciencecenter)


jtotheizzoe:

discoverynews:

star-driver:

Sir John Gurdon, Nobel Prize winner, was ‘too stupid’ for science at school

At the age of 15, Prof Sir John Gurdon ranked last out of the 250 boys in his Eton year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject.

Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation after being awarded the £750,000 annual prize, which he shares with Japanese stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.

Speaking after learning of his award in London on Monday, Sir John revealed that his school report still sits above his desk at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which is named in his honour.

my mom always said grades are important, but they’re not the most important thing.

I love how he framed that. He probably looked at it every day and said, “Oh yeah?”

Here’s a bigger image of the letter.

Grades are poor measures of one’s potential to be curious.