Tag Archive for Science

It’s Not A Delicate Balance

Another gem from Matt Ridley. Ecology and Change: Nature Has No ‘Balance’ for Us to Keep – Mind & Matter – WSJ.com: Academic ecologists have abandoned such a static way of thinking for something much more dynamic. For a start,…

Evidence of Progress – Genome Style

Quoting Maria Popova … “The human genome took 10 years and $2.7 billion to sequence, and now a $900 technology can do it in 15 minutes.” – Maria Popova To wit. Where we came from: 10 YEARS: The amount of…

Did Bees Solve the Travelling Salesman Problem?

The travelling salesman problem is one of the legendary problems in computer science.  [Update 03.06.12: via John D. Cook: "We have an embarrassment of computational riches when we can solve traveling salesmen problems on a phone."] And it looks like…

Can You Pick The Stradivarius?

Great story. (pic via Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) There might be a lesson in here for $50 HDMI cables, $120 AC power cords, $100 speaker cables, and $600 headphones. Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad? : Deceptive Cadence :…

Do You Stand With Science?

Do you stand with science? Because the implication in this video is that if you don’t support government “investment” in science, you’re anti-science. I think everyone, regardless of position in this debate, would agree that there is some optimal level…