Tag Archive | Science

The Future Is Almost Here

Yes, the title is a little bit of a play on words, since we know that as Annie sings, tomorrow is always a day away. Still, reading this article (HT: Gene Rohrbaugh) about autonomous cars made me feel a little like the futuristic self-driving car is not that far off anymore. A new law in […]

An Interesting Take on Units

The creator of the famous and popular xkcd webcomic has done a weird analysis on his “What If” blog. The post is based on a reader question about how long you would expect it to take if you laid outdoors until a bird pooped in your mouth. Yep, actual question. The analysis is mildly interesting, but even […]

The Cutting Edge of Science

Thanks to John Chase for pointing out this amazing article from Wired.com. Here is a taste: In a stunning technical feat, an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of an archaic Siberian girl 31 times over, using a new method that amplifies single strands of DNA. The sequencing is so complete that researchers […]

Ted Davis on Theistic Evolution

In the debates on the origins of life, it is easy to argue with each other without understanding each others true positions. In that vein, Dr. Ted Davis, my colleague at Messiah College, offers his take on the tenets of Theistic Evolution as part of a series at the BioLogos Forums‘ site. He will eventually be […]

Now that Leap Day Is Over …

What are your plans for the leap second coming later this year? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this video: (HT: Rob Martin)

On Fracking, the Science is Clear

Unfortunately, while the science on natural gas fracking is clear, the public debate does not reflect this fact. Why? Here is a take from an op-ed piece in the NY Post by Jon Entine: The academic face of the anti-fracking movement — Cornell marine ecologist Robert Howarth — increasingly looks like he’s willing to turn science […]

On the High Price of Journals

I’ve commented before on the (shameful) prices of scholarly journals, especially when the research itself is taxpayer funded. If we all paid for the research, it is a shame that we can’t read the results without having more to pay. Barbara Fister comments on this at Inside Higher Ed: What is it we are getting […]