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Posts tagged with "General Scientific News"

  • Business and Markets

    Peter Thiel’s Uncomplimentary Views of Big Pharma

    See what you think of Peter Thiel’s characterization of the drug industry in this piece for Technology Review. Thiel’s a very intelligent guy, and his larger points about technology stalling out make uncomfortable reading, in the best sense. (The famous quote is “We wanted flying cars; instead we got 140 characters”). But ta… Read More
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    The Broad Gets $650 Million For Psychiatric Research

    The Broad Institute seems to have gone through a bit of rough funding patch some months ago, but things are looking up: they’ve received a gift of $650 million to do basic research in psychiatric disorders. Believe it, that’ll keep everyone busy, for sure. I enjoyed Eric Lander’s characterization of much of the 1990s work… Read More
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    Chemistry Class For the “Food Babe”?

    I found this article from the Charlotte Observer on the “Food Babe” (Vani Hari) very interesting. A “menu consultant” for Chick-Fil-A, is she? Who knew? I’ve come across a horribly long string of chemistry misapprehensions, mistakes, and blunders while looking at her site – she truly appears to know nothing whats… Read More
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    No Scripps/USC

    The proposed Scripps/USC deal is off, according to reporters Gary Robbins and Bradley Fikes at the San Diego Union-Tribune. No details on what comes next, though – but something presumably does come next. Read More
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    All Natural And Chemical Free

    Yesterday’s link to the comprehensive list of chemical-free products led to some smiles, but also to some accusations of preaching to the choir, both on my part and on the part of the paper’s authors. A manuscript mentioned in the blog section of Nature Chemistry is certainly going to be noticed mostly by chemists, naturally… Read More
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    Don’t Learn to Science?

    In keeping with the discussions around here about STEM jobs and education, I wanted to pass along this link from Coding Horror: “Please Don’t Learn to Code”. It’s written by a programmer, as you might guess, and here’s his main point: To those who argue programming is an essential skill we should be teaching our… Read More
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    Scripps Update

    I’m told now that after a number of faculty at the Scripps Research Institute have objected to the proposed deal with USC, that UC-San Diego is ready to explore some sort of merger deal. Going down North Torrey Pines Road would seem to be logistically easier than going to Los Angeles, but there are other… Read More
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    Scripps Merging With USC?

    This news broke last night: that USC might be acquiring Scripps. It all looks to come down to tight federal money: that’s where most of the funding comes from, and institutions that rely on grants (and overhead from grants) to survive are having to cut back. (There were, for example, a number of layoffs earlier… Read More
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    Freeman Dyson on the PhD Degree

    From this interview: “Oh, yes. I’m very proud of not having a Ph.D. I think the Ph.D. system is an abomination. It was invented as a system for educating German professors in the 19th century, and it works well under those conditions. It’s good for a very small number of people who are going to… Read More
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    Sydney Brenner on the State of Science

    Via Retraction Watch, here’s an outspoken interview with Sydney Brenner, who’s never been the sort of person to keep his opinions bottled up inside him. Here, for example, are his views on graduate school in the US: Today the Americans have developed a new culture in science based on the slavery of graduate students. Now… Read More
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