Autism Linked To Absence of a Cluster of Genes

Dr Wigler suggested the missing cluster is a 27-gene grouping on chromosome 16. Most people have two sets of the cluster – individuals with autism have only one, or just fragments of the second, the researchers say. Now Dr Wigler’s colleague, Alea Mills, has found the deleted gene cluster not only plays a role in [Read More...]

A Fluorescent Green Cat Could Help Combat AIDS

For real. Learn how here. (via) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

"How People In Science See Each Other"

The absolutely brilliant and hilarious chart in most respects goes for the rest of academia too.  Only you’ll notice who is missing—we adjunct professors.  And that’s appropriate, since we are invisible. via PZ Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Learn About Dark Matter In One Minute

More one minute physics lessons here. H/T: Greg Laden Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Some Explanations for Our Universe

by Eric Steinhart The following is a quick-and-dirty survey of the current literature on explanations of our universe: It is widely thought that our universe is highly unusual. It has certain features that make it lovely. Note that the term “lovely” is merely a term of art. It has no connotations beyond designating that our [Read More...]

An Example of Atheist Faith

by Eric Steinhart Here’s a nice statement of atheistic faith by Carl Sagan: “The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” (1980: 1). Such a statement is as faith-based as any statement in the Bible or in Christian theology. After all, it’s just a mirror-image of the statement that God [Read More...]

The History of the Singularity

by Eric Steinhart Many philosophers portray the cosmic process as an ascending curve of positivity. As time goes forward, the quantities of intelligence, power, or value are always increasing. These progressive philosophies have sometimes been religious and sometimes secular. Secular versions of progress have sometimes been political and sometimes technological. Technological versions have sometimes invoked [Read More...]

Adam Winnik Illustrates Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”

Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Why Can’t God Heal Amputees?

Because apparently he doesn’t know enough science.  Thankfully UCLA, on the other hand, does: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]