Archives for September 13, 2011

Has NASA discovered aliens? Again?

Probably not, but they are cagily announcing a rather unusual press conference that has a certain familiar ring to it. MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Sept. 15, to announce a new discovery by the Kepler mission. The briefing will be held in the Syvertson auditorium,…

Michele Bachmann, Anti-Vaxers, Close Ranks

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The Species Seekers: Free Book Chapter!!!!

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth sounds like a cool book, though I’ve not read it yet. From Publisher’s Weekly: Until about 1834, the word “scientist” didn’t exist. According to naturalist Conniff (Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time), it was likely at a meeting of the British Association…

Land of Lisp

Land of Lisp: Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a Time!

Lee Cronin: Making matter come alive

Before life existed on Earth, there was just matter, inorganic dead “stuff.” How improbable is it that life arose? And — could it use a different type of chemistry? Using an elegant definition of life (anything that can evolve), chemist Lee Cronin is exploring this question by attempting to create a fully inorganic cell using…