Tagged: sociology

Biology’s next revolution - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 09, 2019

  A quarter of a century ago, when I thought my future was in science, automation and the idea of “big data” had just arrived for genetics. Automated sequencing, mathematical models, algorithms. Similar innovations spread to others areas of biology through things like better sensors, imaging systems, smarter radio tags for wildlife, data-loggers, and the like. Wet labs … Read More

Opinion: Let’s celebrate the Humanities more - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 06, 2018

Recently, there has been a great deal of hullabaloo on my Facebook timeline as people squabble over whether so-called ”hard” subjects like calculus and physics are inherently better and more difficult than the alternative, ”soft” subjects like English, drama and photography. Filip Vachuda, Onehunga High School’s academic runner-up for 2017, began ”DuxGate” when he wrote he missed out on dux … Read More

Structuring thought and imagination brick by brick, Lego is more than child’s play - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 15, 2017

Sondra Bacharach, Victoria University of Wellington You might think Lego is just a kids’ toy – one you played with as a child and now step on as you walk through the house as a parent. These days, however, the bricks are showing up in all sorts of unexpected places – on display in museums, in street art, … Read More

Learning more about Atheists - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 01, 2011

Over on his blog Pharyngula, PZ Myers comments on an article in the Washington Post entitled “Why do Americans still Dislike Atheists”. Written by two sociology researchers, Gregory Paul and Professor Phil Zuckerman, it comments on the current growth in atheism, compares different societal indicators (murder rates, level of poverty, happiness etc) in various secular countries with religious countries. It also comments … Read More

Scientific Snobbery - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 17, 2011

One of the things I like about Sciblogs is that it is a convenient way to “mingle” with those from other scientific disciplines. More and more these days, I see the really impressive advances coming out of interdisciplinary research. For example the manufacture of new body parts is a nascent technology derived from medicine, biology and engineering. Consequently, I … Read More