Category Archives: Science

The First Artificial Cell?

Tweet Last month the news media heralded the creation in the lab of the first artificial cell. This work was a great achievement, but it wasn’t the creation of an artificial cell. What was done at the J Craig Venter Institute was creation of an artificial bacterial  chromosome that was successfully transferred into a bacterium…

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Sea Levels 81,000 Years Ago

Tweet Climate scientists have used sea levels past and present to help predict those of the future. Temperature affects land ice; increased land ice will lower sea levels while the melting of this ice will raise these levels. Thus increased sea levels (secondary to ice melting) reflect a warmer global temperature. The scientific debate about…

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Skeptical Science

Tweet I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. Richard Feynman When I sit on a tropical beach I like to read a fat book. Therefore, while recently on vacation, I started a big book on the history of Western science. It’s a good popular account…

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