In a post alerting us to some very important developments in genetically engineered foods, Tabitha M. Powledge at On Science Blogs wonders whether a technology called CRISPR could ease the concerns of anti-GMO activists.
Powledge takes note of the sequencing of the genome of bread wheat, which turned out to be far more complicated than we might expect--"more-than-usually incestuous" is how she puts it.
And she gives us a short and useful explication of CRISPR, which some are calling a natural
Movies that incorporate science can provide journalists with great teachable moments. It’s fun and educational to discuss what movie makers get right and what they get wrong. And why not take advantage of these intersections between science and pop culture to delve into the plausibility of traveling back in time, building antimatter super-bombs, reanimating frozen people, endowing apes with speech or erasing memories of bad relationships.
Cognitive enhancement is a
[Editor's note: Tara Haelle is a freelance science writer whose specialties include medicine, vaccines and public health. Her work has appeared in Scientific American and Slate. She blogs at Red Wine & Apple Sauce and is working on a book about science-based parenting with Emily Willingham.]
It’s a favorite media trope – whiz kid makes amazing scientific discovery. So it was no surprise that the story of 12-year-old Lauren Arrington went viral. For her sixth-grade science
It's not just a new craze, people, it's a movement!
It's Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, and Vox, and The Upshot at The New York Times, and now--a new entrant--Storyline at The Washington Post.
"Explanatory journalism," writes media analyst Ken Doctor at Nieman Journalism Lab, is "the new craze of the past year, built on ideas as old as good journalism itself. Or call it the wonk wars...How do we explain this movement?"
Doctor's post--mostly an interview with David Leonhardt, who runs The
Diatoms. Images a and b are raw diatoms; c and d are fossilized, and e and f are fossilized diatoms that were frozen but not shot. Mark Burchell et al., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Since 1996, scientists have debated about whether the Martian meteorite ALH84001 contains evidence that life once existed on Mars. The rock holds some microscopic wormy-looking structures that some scientists have suggested could be fossilized remains of life on Mars, whereas others say the