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Lindau 2013: Unity and diversity

This blog post originates from the Lindau Nobel Online Community,the interactive forum of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, will be held in Lindau, Germany, from 30 June to 5 July 2013...

June 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Lindau 2013: Chemistry and diversity

This blog post originates from the Lindau Nobel Online Community,the interactive forum of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, will be held in Lindau, Germany, from 30 June to 5 July 2013...

June 20, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Promise or problem? A debate on nuclear power

Yesterday's post about nuclear power sparked a minor but enlightening exchange on Twitter whose culmination is a thoughtful perspective by Nicholas Evans (Twitter handle @neva9257), a research associate at Charles Sturt University in Canberra...

June 6, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Theorists, experimentalists and the bias in popular physics

Most people with more than a passing interest in physics will tell you who came up with the idea of quarks - Murray Gell-Mann.Now gather around the same crowd which knows about Gell-Mann and ask them who Henry Kendall, Jerome Friedman and Richard Taylor are...

June 3, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Thanksgiving

It's one of those moments which make being a scientist worth every bit of sweat, toil and tears.A few years ago we designed some molecules that disrupted the interaction between two proteins involved in cancer...

May 29, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

What is chemical intuition?

Recently I read a comment by a leading chemist in which he said that in chemistry, intuition is much more important than in physics . This is a curious comment since intuition is one of those things which is hard to define but which most people who play the game appreciate when they see it...

May 24, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Cancer, genomics and technological solutionism: A time to be wary

In his new book "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism", the philosopher of technology Evgeny Morozov develops the concept of "technological solutionism", the tendency to define problems primarily or purely based on whether or not a certain technology can address them...

May 20, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

An invasive ladybug uses a biological weapon to kill off competitors

When the Europeans discovered the "New World", they infamously brought with them diseases which that world had never before encountered. Infectious agents like smallpox, typhus and cholera were generously shared with the local population - often deliberately so - and were responsible for significantly decimating the natives' numbers...

May 17, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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