NASA may have just discovered the future of air transportation in a Shark Tank-style pitch meeting with its current employees— or they may not have. It’s too soon to tell, but definitely not too soon to imagine BIG.
The debate over whether it’s smarter to rent or purchase laboratory equipment is one that will never come to a definitive conclusion because the best option differs depending on a number of variables. There is a wide range of factors that should be considered.
Finally, someone of high importance has said what I’ve been writing for a long time: artificial intelligence (AI) will not be the death of society. There will be no “rise of the robots.” They will not revolt and use their intelligence against us. Instead, they will use their learning skills to help solve challenges like food shortages, global warming, access to clean water and even stock market rises.
A Nobel scientist has resigned from his position at University College London, after suggesting that women should stay out of laboratories because they distract men. Why is there such a stigma against women in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, and how does this attitude affect school-aged girls?
A big round of applause should be given to Jennifer Doudna, a molecular biologist from UC Berkeley. She recently invented a scientific technique that can literally change the world. But rather than pounce on the fame and fortune that comes with such brilliance, the molecular biologist chose instead to take measured public actions to ensure her technology is used safely.
The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that it accidently shipped live anthrax samples from one of its labs in Utah to commercial labs in nine U.S states, as well as a U.S. military base in South Korea. But don’t worry, the CDC is on the case. The same CDC that accidently exposed 75 lab workers to a dangerous anthrax bacteria last summer—less than one year ago.
Typically, when someone chooses to donate their body to science, it’s as a cadaver. While cadavers are great learning tools, there’s something to be said for having access to living, breathing humans. Now, a group of scientists has discovered a way to circumvent the “you must be dead first” rule.
What do foreign languages and instant messages have to do with one another? A new application from MIT cleverly combines the two—seeking to teach you a new language in the standby time that is usually consumed staring at a screen with three dots or a chat box that reads “is typing.”
I read a study the other day that I find both hard to believe and disagreeable. The study centers on media coverage of public health measures, specifically vaccinations. It examines two politically charged health controversies. According to the study, media coverage of both events did not start by highlighting the political aspects of the controversies.
Scientists and clinicians need to be observant. With modern technology, this can often be overlooked. Sometimes the most important technology is the one carrying out the experiment, who has evolved over millions of years to observe and, more importantly, infer things.
The Internet is a wonderful thing. But, it can be a point of contention, with grandparents, parents and older siblings repeatedly muttering “get off your phone and live in the real world.” I may be guilty of saying this once or twice to my younger sister. What I’ve come to realize, though, is that while it may not be a tangible world, there is a “real world” inside the 0’s and 1’s of the Internet.
At the age of eight, 66 percent of girls say they like math yet, in college, only 18 percent of women study engineering. By adulthood, while they compose half the population and half the workforce, only a quarter of STEM positions are held by women. Not only is this a problem— it’s a worsening one.
Educational standards and practices differ vastly from country to country. In the face of arguments over the U.S.’ standardized testing and Finland’s abandonment of subjects, one wonders how academic prowess relates to culture and the quality of life.
As heat sources go in the academic science laboratory, the alcohol lamp has remained the old standby for many years. Unfortunately, this inexpensive heat source has been involved in a continuous series of laboratory accidents, many of which have been quite serious.
My best friend Matt contracted MRSA a little over a year ago at a hotel gym. Since then, he’s given it to two of his sisters-in-law, his wife and his baby. He even took what one doctor described as the “strongest antibiotic that will kill everything in your body.” Two courses of that and everything beside the MRSA is gone. Perhaps the White House’s new five-year plan will truly help address the antibiotic-resistant problem in the U.S.