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I'm not a real scientist, and that's okay

What kind of discipline is computer science? I thought it was a science when I received my BS. I believed its subdiscipline software engineering was engineering when I received my PhD.

November 12, 2010 — Steven Wartik

Food for thought: Musings on sustenance and what makes us human

Euell Gibbons’ Stalking the Wild Asparagus is illustrated only with ink sketches of the plants, so it is hardly a field guide for a modern aspiring forager; and since he suggests adding butter and/or bacon to almost every vegetable he finds, it is not really suitable as a contemporary cookbook either...

November 11, 2010 — Diana Gitig

Synthetic biology: Building machines from DNA

Synthetic biology is a science that lies at the intersection of biology and engineering—and is therefore quite an intriguing subject for a microbiologist to venture into.

November 9, 2010 — S.E.Gould

Glia: The new frontier in brain science

The current issue of the journal Science (November 5) marks a turning point in research on the brain. This event is fascinating not only for the wealth of new information about how the brain functions and how it fails in mental and neurological illness, but equally as a rare display of a field of science changing course...

November 4, 2010 — R. Douglas Fields

Bacteria, the anti-cancer soldier

Everyone knows about cancer. According to the World Health Organization eight million people died of one of the many forms of cancer 2007 and this number is expected to grow to more than 12 million by 2030...

November 3, 2010 — James Byrne

We all need (a little bit of) sex

Sex costs amazing amounts of time and energy. Just take birds of paradise touting their tails, stags jousting with their antlers or singles spending their weekends in loud and sweaty bars...

November 2, 2010 — Lucas Brouwers

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