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Posts tagged with "General Scientific News"

  • Business and Markets

    Anarchist Drugs For All. Yeahboy.

    I’ve had numerous requests for my opinion about this article, so here it comes: it’s largely bullshit. It’s about “a volunteer network of anarchists and hackers developing DIY medical technologies”, and I can see why is running the article, because that drugs/anarchists/hackers combo is absolute catnip to thei… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Problem With Information

    Here are some statements from a noted information scientist, which even he admits leads to “a pessimistic and even rather cynical conclusion“. Have a look and see if any of this is behavior that you have encountered yourself: In many work environments, the penalties for not being diligent in the finding and use of information… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Science Reform in China

    There have been all sorts of scientific scandals involving faked journal articles, faked peer reviews, duplicated papers and figures, etc. over the last few years. It’s been a running battle: our current technologies allow for these things to be done more easily, but caught more easily as well. And a pretty significant share of these… Read More
  • Chemical News

    The Thoughts of George Whitesides, Part I

    A number of readers have mentioned this new paper by George Whitesides on organic synthesis. I can state as a fact that the first time I heard a joking reference to his attitude towards traditional synthetic organic chemistry was in the summer of 1983, so it’s not like he’s been keeping his thoughts bottled up. Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Verily Says “We Grew Up”. We’ll See.

    Some not-very-flattering stories have run about how things have been going at Google’s Verily life-sciences startup. For some time, they’ve been making big pronouncements about all their transformative technologies (tricorders! glucose-sensing contact lenses!), but actually turning any of these things into working products has been a bi… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Woodward 2.0

    I really enjoyed this Curious Wavefunction post on being born at the right time. He uses the example of R. B. Woodward, who was several years older than most of the other big names from the glory days of synthetic organic chemistry (Corey, Stork, etc.), and had already had a chance to use his immense… Read More
  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Bill Gates and His Moonshot

    The rocket’s supposed to be moving, and it probably is, but everyone knows that you can’t see that with the naked eye. Not at first. The announcer said “Lift-off” – well, that probably happened sometime during the lunch hour, it’s easy to miss – and the first thing you look for is the exhaust starting… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Molecular Machinery: the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    The 2016 Chemistry Nobel has gone to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard (Ben) Feringa for their work on molecular-sized machinery. This field has been growing steadily over the last quarter of a century, fueled by advances in synthetic organic techniques, analytical instrumentation, and the imaginations of the people who are pract… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Nobel Season 2016

    It’s Nobel Prize week! This morning we already had the Medicine/Physiology award (Yoshinori Ohsumi, for autophagy), and Chemistry is coming out on Wednesday. As is traditional, we shall now uselessly speculate about who will (or should) win the thing. I’m late to the game this year: here are predictions by Wavefunction, an all-star webi… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative

    So there’s another big tech-comes-to-cure-disease story, the announcement that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are starting a $3 billion dollar initiative in biomedical research. After saying what I did yesterday about Microsoft’s cancer treatment efforts, I might be expected to have similarly caustic words for this one. But after lo… Read More