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The Best Science Television Show?

That is this week’s question from the Seed mothership. Born and raised in Canada, I have to say that there is one obvious choice: The Nature of Things. Almost every Canadian in my age group has a picture of David Suzuki seared onto some part of their neocortex. Now some folk try to diss Dr.…

Who will win this year? Some guesses for the Medicine & Physiology (or perhaps Chemistry) below the fold. Warning – the guesses presented here are highly biased towards cellular physiology.

I Need More Hours in a Day

OK time for an irreverent answer to Scienceblog’s question of the week. If I had infinite time and money I would like to figure out HOW TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF HOURS IN A DAY. Between work, the World Cup, eating and sleeping I have simply have no time to read the literature (scientific and…

This week: 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? Yes, yes, and yes. But if the public does not agree? Then the blame rests on our scientific leaders. They should be out there…

This week’s question: If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be? That’s tough. Perhaps the meaning of the word HUBRIS? But that’s not really “scientific”. I guess the easy answer would be evolution or global warming … but to be honest I would be happier if…

Ask a Science Blogger 2

While preparing for my talk, I guess I really missed the boat on this one. So the question was: Will the ‘human’ race be around in 100 years? Well if it isn’t around, it’s only ‘cuz it went somewhere else. (That would be a resounding yes.) As for predicting the future. What shall I say?

Erasing an Invention

Seed is disseminating questions to its bloggers (I guess a la www.edge.org) so this week the question is: If you could cause one invention from the last hundred years never to have been made at all, which would it be, and why? The invention I would choose to uninvent? I spent the weekend asking some…