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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Is quantum mechanics wrong?

by Mathew on November 6, 2005

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…