NASA has overcome political tension with Russia to ensure continued operation of the International Space Station. However, there is still a law that prohibits NASA from working with China's space agency on the ISS. Isn't that a bit hypocritical of the U.S.?
As the Founder/CEO of a laboratory supplier, I’d love to tell my clients to buy everything from us. However, I find it is more valuable for them to explore multiple options. Because let’s face it—as much as I’d love for my company to be the end-all-be-all for them, it’s just not the reality.
Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos are having a great week. First, the FDA cleared the company’s finger stick technology. And just a few days later, the state of Arizona passed a law that will usher in a new generation of preventative health care, and open an even wider door for Theranos' blood tests. Of course, the success is not without its detractors.
A new report from the USA Today calls into question the number and safety of high-containment research facilities in the United States. But is the number really the problem? Or is the lack of safety standards for today's laboratories?
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.