0000-0002-8715-2896 GRAVITATIONAL WAVES MAKE WAVES Here it is only February, but the long-sought detection of gravitational waves announced last week is likely to be the biggest science news of 2016. The ability to see/hear gravitational
0000-0002-8715-2896 “LEAD MAKES THE MIND GIVE WAY” Old news, from a doc in Rome–in the second century BC, quoted by William Finnegan in the New Yorker. Finnegan’s is a fine angry summary of thousands of
0000-0002-8715-2896 The headlines called it “incredibly condescending” (Alexandra Petri, ComPost), “unrealistic” (Jia Tolentino, Jezebel), and “bonkers” (Olga Khazan and Julie Beck, The Atlantic.) The post from the aptly named Brandy Zadrozny at The Daily Beast)
Explosive disagreements over the origins of CRISPR, the leading methodology for editing genes, were inevitable. CRISPR has given scientists (and journalists) dizzying dreams of a near-unlimited ability to manipulate the genomes of animals and plants,
0000-0002-8715-2896 If you read anything at all about the US Department of Agriculture’s 2015 dietary guidelines, which have finally been issued now that it is 2016, it was probably a diatribe arguing that the government
0000-0002-8715-2896 Last Friday, On Science Blogs was given over to the many “best of science” lists of 2015. This week’s post is about what bloggers foresee for 2016–and beyond. THE CANCER MOONSHOT: WELCOME TO 2016
0000-0002-8715-2896 THE HUMAN GENE EDITING SUMMIT, CONT’D Citizens seeking to understand what was decided at last week’s Human Gene Editing Summit might be understandably confused by the contradictions in these headlines: Scientific community approves human
0000-0002-8715-2896 Despite the MMR vaccine controversy resulting from a series of now discredited studies linking the vaccine with autism, childhood vaccination rates remain high in the United States. In 2013, 92% of children aged 19
0000-0002-8715-2896 Ed Note: Today, we’re happy to welcome Jenn Lau to the blog. More information about Jenn can be found at the bottom of this post. Picture from Flickr user Pascal (pasukaru76). Click for source.
0000-0002-8715-2896 In the Northern hemisphere, cold and flu season usually strikes in late fall and early winter. Both are really unpleasant, but can’t be treated by antibiotics because viruses cause the common cold and influenza.