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CRISPR and Human Characteristics

On September 9th PBS series NOVA presented a two hour program devoted to the genetic technique CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats). It’s a technique that allows for gene editing. You can read about by clicking the link above. The PBS program does a pretty good job of explaining how the technique works and…


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Climate Change

The video below, despite its sarcastic title, makes an important point. It’s that when looked at over a long time frame climate change is not as pronounced as some believe it to be. I am not an expert in this field and am not qualified to pass judgement on this view or those who think…


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You Cannot See My Face

              The Universe is not only stranger than you think; it’s stranger than you can imagine. Richard Feynman The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. WB Yeats And he (Moses) said: “Show me, now, Your glory!” He (God) said: “I will let all…


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Dumber Than a Broom Handle

A state similar to the instrument in the title is often the condition of  prominent people who offer pronouncements about issues not related to their expertise.  Typically, these proclamations concern politics, economics, and/or science and technology. Athletes and actors are obviously entitled to their opinions. Because they are prominent, their opinions get disseminated and commented…


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15 Minute Time Lapse From Space: Around the World Twice

The video below has nothing to do with the usual subjects of this site, but it’s so impressive that I thought it deserves as wide an audience as possible. The European Space Agency released this nearly 15 minute time lapse shot by astronaut Alexander Gerst. It’s the longest continuous time lapse from space yet available.


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Science and Knowledge: The More We Learn the Less We Know

The Universe is not only stranger than you think; it’s stranger than you can imagine. Richard Feynman The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. WB Yeats I take a walk everyday that passes me by the side entrance to a large building. The door is set at the back…


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A Troublesome Inheritance – Book Review

Subtitled Genes, Race and Human History, Nicholas Wade’s book has managed to get itself denounced by 144 geneticists in a letter to the New York Times Book Review. How has Wade managed this feat? He has a long and distinguished career as a science writer which includes a stint as Science Editor for the same…


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The Gene – Book Review

That children share traits with their parents, grandparents, and siblings has been recognized since antiquity. How these traits were transmitted remained a mystery for more than two millennia. Unmasking this process has been the greatest scientific discovery since man discovered fire. Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a history of this entire process – The Gene: An…


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The Paris Climate Accord and Reasoned Debate

                                                                     The center cannot hold…                                  …


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The Genetically Modified Organism in Your House

Vermont in a spasm of enlightenment has mandated that all genetically modified foods sold in the Green Mountain State be so labeled. According to numerous polls 90% of the population of the USA thinks this a good idea. This is the same concerned and informed group that by an 80% margin supports labeling food that…


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