Tag Archives: science

Google and the end of everything

My choice for this weekend's Big Think post stems from a recent Wired article by Chris "The Long Tail" Anderson, in which he attempts to argue that the ability to sort through gigantic databases of information -- something he associates with Google -- will mean "the end of the scientific method." As I understand it,…

A literary and scientific giant dies

The death of Arthur C. Clarke didn't exactly come as a surprise when I found out about it earlier today (via Twitter, of course). After all, the man was 90 years old and had suffered from post-polio disorder for decades. Toward the end he looked a lot like the wheelchair-bound figure that shows up in…

Viruses and hacking the human genome

Via my friend Rob Hyndman (who came across it via David "Joho the Blog" Weinberger), I just finished reading a fascinating article in The New Yorker about how HIV-style "retroviruses" from millions of years ago have successively rewritten the human genome, and may have even been instrumental in reprogramming our DNA in ways that helped…

Is quantum mechanics wrong?

Anyone remember "cold fusion?" The Guardian is running a piece about a controversial claim by a Harvard University scientist who says he has developed a power source that is orders of magnitude more powerful than conventional sources -- and defies the laws of quantum mechanics: "Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical…