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Last night we went to see “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” by Mike Daisey. Two hours vanished as we sat riveted and listened to interspersed stories of Apple and Shenzhen. Mike spoke of Apple and computers as a lover, familiar with the details, and knowledgeable in the special language of geeks and…

These days, DNA sequencing happens in one of three ways. In the early days of DNA sequencing (like the 80’s), labs prepared their own samples, sequenced those samples, and analyzed their results. Some labs still do this. Then, in the 90’s, genome centers came along. Genome centers are like giant factories that manufacture sequence data.…

We always enjoy home science experiments and it was fun the other night to learn about a new experiment we could try with our teenage daughter and an iPhone. As it turned out, the joke was on us.

“Digital biology,” as I use the phrase, refers to the idea of using digital information for doing biology. This digital information comes from multiple sources such as DNA sequences, protein sequences, DNA hybridization, molecular structures, analytical chemistry, biomarkers, images, GIS, and more. We obtain this information either from experiments or from a wide variety of…

The auditorium could have been empty as I focused on the slide overhead. Questions formed out the mist, and my heart pounded as I took a deep breath and began to my raise my hand.

Some people, like Imelda Marcos and our new Dr. Isis, have a thing for fancy shoes. I go crazy for gadgets. technorati tags: iphone, DNA, molecules, molecular structure, molecular modeling, Science education For my birthday this year, my family bought me a new iPhone! Yeah! So, I’ve been killing several hours today filling it with…

There’s no question that the ability to work with information is one that will be required and valued for a long time to come. I think it’s imperative for teachers to have students practice this skill whenever an opportunity comes about. The problem for many teachers is finding the time to identify good data sets.…

Poor PZ! Stranded without a working laptop in a strange town! This is the kind of situation that gives me nightmares, so I like to upload presentation materials to the web just in case. Lately, I’ve been looking at different methods for doing this to see which ones l like the best. A few days…

Well, I had to test Scribd with something. Why not use a document on the Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry? Scribd is sort of like the YouTube of electronic paper. I found Scribd from TomJoe’s post about Life on Mars. His PowerPoint talk is really much more interesting than the life science document that I uploaded…

Worldmapper is a web site with 366 maps of the world. These maps however, are not the kinds of maps you’ve seen in school, with every country shown by size. These maps are cartograms. It’s a bit like seeing a cartoon version of a Thomas Friedman book. These maps present a whole new way of…