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A Scientist in Time

If you could have practiced science in any time and any place throughout history, which would it be, and why? That’s what they are asking us this week. And, once again, I’m going to skirt the question. You see, it depends on whether the future counts as a “place throughout history.” Currently, the future is…

Who (or What) Deserves Protection?

At one point in my life, I wanted to study conservation genetics. Now, I just make fun of molecular ecologists and their flawed data. The most recent installment of Ask A ScienceBlogger takes me back to the days before I discovered the wonders of genomics: Is every species of living thing on the planet equally…

Dolly is 10 Years Old

I’ve missed the last two Ask A ScienceBlogger questions. My lack of answers were due to a combination of being busy and apathy toward the questions — more busy with the science education question and apathy for the science policy question. But this week’s question is on cloning, so I kind of feel obligate to…

Finding Time to Blog

They are asking another question of us. They have also changed their name — just remember where you first saw that gimmick. Anyway, on to their question: How is it that all the PIs (Tara, PZ, Orac et al.), various grad students, post-docs, etc. find time to fulfill their primary objectives (day jobs) and blog…

‘Dem fools is asking us this: “Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why?” I guess “novelist” isn’t an acceptable answer as it’s not an “area of scientific research”. Well, that and I’ve never really wanted to write…

Spending Other People’s Money

Another week, another question from the Seeders. This week they ask us: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? My answer is below the fold.

Get it? Got it. Good.

This week, the SEED kings are asking us: “If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be?”

You Are All Part of My Delusion

SEED is asking us the following question: “Will the “human” race be around in 100 years?” Considering: (1) the entire universe is just an artifact of my imagination; (2) when I die everything in the universe (including humans) will disappear; and (3) I doubt that I will live 100 more years. I’d say, “NO, the…

SEED asks, I answer

The grand overlords behind ScienceBlogs are asking us: If you could cause one invention from the last hundred years never to have been made at all, which would it be, and why? That’s simple, atomic weapons. Not only for the damage they have cause, but for the perpetual state of fear they put us in…