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Archives for June, 2007

I’ve been thinking a little about having another go at a Puzzle Fantastica, what with the first being kind of cool, and the second solved much too quickly. Along those lines (and because the previous post has that marvelous cover image), I was happy to discover that at one time (back in April of 2006),…

Isn’t this a great cover? It’s called “Bright Idea” and was done by Bob Staake.

When your grandchildren ask the inevitable question — “Was Dick Cheney real?” — you would do well to pull out this week’s four-part series in The Washington Post to verify that he truly existed. Today’s feature, the fourth part, addresses the means by which Cheney has consistently and disturbingly sacrificed environmental and human health for…

(Image by The Norweigian) Chalk it up to a life size model of the blue whale. Yup, I can say with certainty that the reason I got into science, biology, all of the things that have led to my current place as an academic, started with a freakishly impressive (especially if you’re a young child…

This is the third of three parts in our Nanotechnology series with Cyrus Mody. (Part I; Part II; plus, a previously unmentioned angle on it.) The Wild West? Perhaps. It’s the OK Corral of the nanoscale. For all installments of this Authors-meet-Bloggers series, see our archive.

RNA: the new Paris Hilton.

Well, who would have thought? RNA makes the cover of the Economist. Mind you, I don’t think its importance is that surprising to folks already in the field, since RNA has always garnered a certain amount of respect as a macromolecule of note and curios.

Part II of our conversation with Cyrus Mody, Ph.D., about nanotechnology and society. Part I is here. Part III is here. For all installments of this Authors-meet-Bloggers series, see our archive.

Don’t you think it’s twisted that so many kids know what this creature is, but so few can go about naming the birds in their backyard? – – – Well, I had briefly talked about this before, more as a whimsical train of thought, but there you have it – we’re going to give it…

The World’s Fair sits down with Nanotechnology Scholar Cyrus C. M. Mody to discuss the history, ethics, and policy world of nanotechnology. And other stuff. Mody is a Science and Technology Studies guy, and now a member of the Department of History at Rice University. He is a leading light in science studies and/of nanotechnology;…

So here’s a thought experiment. Part of the challenge of scientific literacy is finding the audience, or maybe better to say, to create the audience. In particular, the attracting the audience that doesn’t normally read things like ScienceBlogs, or subscribes to the New Scientist, etc, etc. So, let me ask “if we could get anybody…