Code for life

Friday Geek Comedy Hour: Pick-up lines

Grant Jacobs Dec 18, 2009

A short collection of "scientific" pick up lines. The list below is inspired by a short blog post "Best Geek Pickup Line Ever"  by Ed Brayton who writes Dispatches from the Culture Wars. I've trawled the 'net and added a few more, avoiding the truly tasteless. Trust me, there are plenty of those... Read More

TIME's top ten scientific discoveries for 2009

Grant Jacobs Dec 18, 2009

TIME magazine’s top ten scientific discoveries for 2009 are… Our Oldest Ancestor, “Ardi” The Human Epigenome, Decoded Gene Therapy Cures Color Blindness A Robot Performs Science Breeding Tuna on Land Water on the Moon The Fundamental Lemma, Solved Teleportation! The Large Hadron Collider, Revived A New Planet (or Brown Dwarf?) … Read More

The gossip test

Grant Jacobs Dec 16, 2009

Francis Crick’s book What Mad Pursuit recounts a test he had for what he should explore that he called “The gossip test”. Introspection plays an important role in science: you get to ask yourself why you are doing something. It’s part of that thing that Feynman famously described, the “not fooling yourself” thing. Read More

GMOs and the plants we eat: neither are "natural"

Grant Jacobs Dec 15, 2009

[caption id="attachment_818" align="alignright" width="341" caption="(Source: wikipedia.)"][/caption] Some say that genetically modified plants are a concern because they're genetically modified organisms (GMOs), that "natural" plants are safer. Yet what most people call "natural" foods are rare mutants that have been selected or have been artificially bred (or often both). They have much more dramatic … Read More

Next Generation Sequencing workshop

Grant Jacobs Dec 15, 2009

Otago University’s sequencing facility will be hosting a two-day workshop, The Researchers Guide to Next Generation Sequencing, February 11-12th 2010. Places are limited to 20 and cost only $NZ100. Applications close 7th January. Be in quick! More details about how to apply for the workshop on their website or their flyer (below). The flyer may … Read More

Science talks: 100 of the best

Grant Jacobs Dec 14, 2009

Sarah Russel on Best Colleges Online offers a list of 100 Incredible Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists collated from around the WWW. For something a little more elevated that your usual movie or documentary, you might listen to a Nobel laureate or leading researcher in brain function or a sneak peek at what the … Read More

The End of Chiropractic?

Grant Jacobs Dec 12, 2009

Science-based Medicine reviews a research paper in a chiropractic journal showing that a key chiropractic claim–treatment of subluxation–has no merit. What's new is this includes chiropractors rejecting this central claim of chiropractic treatment. Progress, perhaps? Some of you will know that I have previously written about a local chiropractor's claims in advertisements. Read More