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Brie and Milbenk se Are the New Lab Rats for Microbiologists

Trillions of microbes, a galaxy’s worth of prokaryotes, inhabit the human GI tract.Figuring out what the microbiome does, as this Brobdingnagian collection of critters is known, remains a grand challenge of biology.As always, scientists try to make a difficult problem tractable by conducting studies in a simpler version of the organism or environment they wish to observe: a mouse, rat, fruit fly or roundworm as stand-ins for humans...

STAFFJune 7, 2013 — Gary Stix

FDA Enlists Big Data to Track Down Pharma Fraud

Predictive analytics—lumped under the faddish banner of Big Data—is the high-profile set of techniques that tame numeric deluges to deduce that a new epidemic is starting to break or that a last-minute steal of an airfare has just popped up...

STAFFJune 4, 2013 — Gary Stix

Brain Scans and the Law (Watch the Full World Science Festival Event)

The question of whether brain scanning can detect the intentions of a criminal defendant fascinates cops, lawyers and John and Jane Doe. It's probably still a theoretical question and may remain so for a long time to come.Even so, Alan Alda moderated a panel of experts whose members spend a lot of time on the issue of scanners and criminal intent...

STAFFJune 1, 2013 — Gary Stix

Spring (And Scientific Fraud) Is Busting Out All Over

 I went to a panel discussion at the New York Academy of Sciences on the evening of April 30th that addressed the topic of various forms of scientific malfeasance, ranging from plagiarism to outright manipulation of data...

STAFFMay 2, 2013 — Gary Stix

Could Smartglasses Be the Next Big Tech Bust? just ran an article on smartglasses. Not just the famous Google Glass, but a whole crop of smartglasses that are supposedly going to change everything: Big things afoot for the face in Tech Land.I dunno, this technology just doesn't make sense to me...

STAFFApril 27, 2013 — Gary Stix

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