From “Preventing Dangerous Nonsense in Human Gene Expression” (ScienceDaily, Oct. 14, 2011), we learn: Human genes are preferentially encoded by codons that are less likely to be mistranscribed (or “misread”) into a STOP codon. This finding by Brian Cusack and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin and the CNRS in Read More…
More complicated than a Saturn V.
“covering all forms of speculative science and speculative fiction”
Is the panda a “very badly adapted animal”?
One thing about these OOL news stories is that you find out what’s wrong with the earlier theories marketed to the public in documentaries a couple of years ago.
“The complete lack of growth of the arsenate cultures in the screw-capped glass tubes contradicts my previous results. “
In “Walters researchers decode the secrets of the Archimedes Palimpsest” Baltimore Sun, October 18, 2011), Mary Carole McCauley reports on the massive reconstruction job that has made available to us, after two millennia, the lost writings of the great, ancient Greek mathematician, Archimedes. It’s unfortunate that many know him only as the ancient Greek cartoon Read More…
“Most of the blades of were made to have one sharp cutting edge and one naturally dull edge so it could be easily gripped in a human hand.”
We’d thought the essential mystery was the exact relations between the four fundamental forces, but now that writer Stuart Clark mentions it, ….
“I think it’s amazing that there are a near-infinite number of these conversations going on in the ocean right now, and they are affecting Earth’s carbon cycle.”
So Shermer’s books don’t sell well because the masses are stupid? If they do not, maybe people considered his theories and disagreed.
The result of bacterial colony traffic control is target-like concentric rings.
News staff here have known about all that and more for decades, while writing for the Christian press. But it wasn’t popular to say so directly two decades ago.
Anyone who even imagines such a thing should read frightful books like Sam Harris’ Moral Landscape and failed books like Roy Baumeister’s Willpower.