Code for life

Royal science

Grant Jacobs Nov 30, 2009

Fans of popular science, read the highlights of the Royal Society of London’s first 350 years. Scientists, or anyone really, try the original 300-odd year-old manuscripts. Replica of Leeuwnehoeck's microscope (source: wikipedia) It’s not that often than a newspaper article alerts me to a science website that’s worth exploring. The Royal Society’s … Read More

Snake coughs up new species

Grant Jacobs Nov 28, 2009

New species are found all sorts of ways. In the case of British scientist Dr Andrew Marshall working in Tanzania a startled snake trying to escape spat out a new species of chameleon (see photo). New species of chameleon (Source: York University) To give some idea of scale, the twig is about the thickness of your thumb. He (she?) is … Read More

Book review: Buried Alive

Grant Jacobs Nov 26, 2009

I have to join the latest trend at sciblogs: morbid book reviews. Ya gotta love 'em... [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Buried Alive - Bondeson"][/caption] Seriously, our forensic science sciblog, Anna Sandiford, has a couple of book reviews out recently, one of which I've read (and enjoyed) and one I … Read More

150 years since the publication of On the origin of species today

Grant Jacobs Nov 24, 2009

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published in London on 24 November 1859, while Darwin was taking the water-cure at Ilkley. It was a very ordinary-looking volume bound in sturdy green cloth, 502 pages long, and somewhat expensively priced at fourteen shillings, not nearly as gaily decked out as Murray's red-and-gilt version of Darwin's earlier Journal of Researches … Read More

Genetic tests and personalised medicine, some science communication issues

Grant Jacobs Nov 24, 2009

Following on my initial post on Genetic tests and personalised medicine, I'd like to offer some loose thoughts on science communication issues associated with genetic tests. [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="394" caption="Ibn Sina (Avicenna) whose Canon of Medicine (1025) is one of the earliest examples of communication of disease risk. Image source: wikipedia (Statue in … Read More