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Two great interviews with Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, two philosophers of science. CBC Ideas – Interview with Simon Schaffer on Leviathan and the Air Pump CBC Ideas – Interview with Steven Shapin on how science and truth are derived from social interactions within the scientific community If you like these interviews, visit CBC Ideas…

There’s a battle going on out there. A battle for trust. Do you get the H1N1 vaccine? Is global warming true? Will you go to hell? Is the free market the best way to run an economy? How to answer these questions? The conventional wisdom is that all members of our society should get informed.…

I’m siting at my breakfast table when I read this in the NY Times science section: Dissection Begins on Famous Brain The man who could not remember has left scientists a gift that will provide insights for generations to come: his brain, now being dissected and digitally mapped in exquisite detail. The man, Henry Molaison…

Olympus BioScapes 2009 Winners

Like Nikon, microscopes manufacturer Olympus has a yearly microscopy photo competition, this years winners are up. First place: Dr. Jan Michels Christian-Albrechts-University, Institute of Zoology Kiel, Germany Specimen: Daphnia atkinsoni (Water Flea) Technique: Confocal laser scanning microscopy For more go to the Olympus BioScapes 2009 Winners Gallery

The value of having large public award ceremonies for scientists, is that it gives their work some exposure to the public. Take for instance Shinya Yamanaka. His discovery of iPS cells in 2006 was one of the most important discoveries this past decade. It not only taught us how to generate stem cells from any…

Gairdner Talks Begin

Well this week the University of Toronto hosts the 50th anniversary of the Gairdner Foundation. If the Nobels are the Oscars of science, and the Lasker Awards the Golden Globes, this event is akin to the 50th anniversary of some big Hollywood studio. There are talks by many of today’s hottest science rock stars and…

Go and check ’em out. 4th place – James E. Hayden, Anglerfish ovary (4X) For more visit http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/ This year’s event even got covered in the New York Times. And if you want to enter into next year’s competition the deadline for entries: April 30, 2010. Get clicking.

Link love – RNA Nobels Edition

Well this year was a big year again for RNA at the Nobels. Both prizes were essentially given to RNA dependent processes. In the case of Telomerase, an RNA molecule, Telomerase RNA (hTR or TERC), acts as the template strand to help Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (TERT) elongate the end of the telomere. Here’s a great…

All Your Ribosomes Belong to Us

So more than a week has gone by and there has been little press about the science Nobels. And I must say that this year’s Medicine and Chemistry prizes are some of the most important in quite a while. But even between the two, the Chemistry is especially important. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe they…

Quote of the Day

Unraveling the ribosome is one of science’s Holy Grails. Were God a molecule, he or she would be a ribosome, a veritable galaxy of atoms whose job is to translate genetic code into the stuff of life–protein. – Brian Maffly, reporter for the Slt Lake Tribune in a recent article, Ramakrishnan: Nobel-winning work started in…