Source: Challenging Evolution?
Bruno Lemaitre is professor at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he works on insect immunity. His open and partly bitter account will not make him many ‚influential‘ friends. So welcome reading…
Source: Bruno Lemaitre on Science and Narcissism
What to think? Panic or sense? Much of the first, but also much of the second. So debating politics.
„This Spring (Autumn where I live in the southern hemisphere) Stefanie Fishel, Audra Mitchell, Simon Dalby, Daniel Levine and I published “Planet Politics: A manifesto from the end of I…“
Source: Manifesto of Planet Politics
Plastic rubbish from western Europe spends years drifting in sea before reaching the Arctic, one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet
Source: UK’s plastic rubbish ends up in fragile Arctic ecosystems
Researchers found a fix for a 3-billion-year-old glitch in one of the major carriers of information needed for life, RNA, which until now produced errors when making copies of genetic information. The discovery will increase precision in genetic research and could dramatically improve medicine based on a person’s genetic makeup.
Put into a philosophical context, it is comforting that the error prone process worked reasonably well for 3-billion-years and it is encouraging that we (humans) learned how to improve it.
Source: Fix for 3-billion-year-old genetic error could dramatically improve genetic sequencing
A guest blog from Paul Younger, Professor of Energy Engineering at the University of Glasgow* Shale gas fracking is not really my fight: I do not have (and never have had) any vested interests in t…
Source: Confronting the fracking furore with facts
Consilience and Ethics
Source: Consilience and Ethics
By Matthew Mulrennan, lead of the Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE Our ocean remains the greatest mystery on planet Earth. The ocean takes up 70% of our blue planet, yet we’ve only explored 5% of it. The o…
Source: 8 Breakthrough Innovations Saving Our Ocean