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Where the Twain Shall Meet, Part 2 of 4

Janet L. Factor was born in the soot-showered industrial city of Barberton, Ohio, where as a girl she kept her head down and counted toads, turtles and snakes in the grass. She graduated magna cum laude from Hiram College, Phi Beta Kappa, having devoured a degree in biology, imbibed a minor in history, and nibbled on delectable side dishes of art and literature. Janet has expanded on that liberal ... »

Nous sommes tous Charlie Hebdo

Nous sommes tous Charlie Hebdo

I haven’t posted here at MadArtLab before today, and although you will come to find out I’m not an artist as much as an artistic supporter, today that doesn’t much matter. Many other outlets will give you more details than I wish existed about today’s terrorist attack in Paris. You can find the details of the event and the ongoing hunt for the criminals and quest for justice all over the news. We ... »

That time we went to NASA

That time we went to NASA

This past weekend, Nasa Ames had an open house to celebrate their 75th anniversary — something that hasn’t happened in 17 years. It was amazing, and some of you probably couldn’t make it on account of not being in the bay area (or not being up all night the night they released tickets). We went, and took some pictures! »

Caveman genes — what our shared history with Denisovans means

Caveman genes — what our shared history with Denisovans means

A recent article in Nature determines, fairly conclusively, that a certain variant of a certain gene which allows Tibetans to thrive at high altitudes comes directly from interbreeding with Denisovans — from an extinct cousin of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. »

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Not-So-Jurassic Park

Here’s a question for you: What do you get when you put a mammoth genome into an elephant egg? Is it a mammoth or an elephant or something else? And why would you do it? »

Stem Cells, Stressed Cells, Healing, and the Lure of Rejuvenation

Stem Cells, Stressed Cells, Healing, and the Lure of Rejuvenation

A recent study in Nature, entitled “Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency“, suggests that subjecting cells to dangerous but non-lethal conditions (such as a bath in acid, or a mechanical squeeze) can turn them into stem cells. Unsurprisingly, this publication set off a bit of a media blitz, and then it turned out that there were numerous problems with th... »

Hot Water, Cold Air – America Loses its Collective Mind

Hot Water, Cold Air – America Loses its Collective Mind

There has been a rash of people noticing that hot water lets off mist when it gets cold. I assume that this is because most Americans have never seen cold before. In hopes of adding some science to the sense of awe and wonder, I bring you this video from the miserable frostbitten planes of Canada. »

Critical Thinking and Science in the New Year

Critical Thinking and Science in the New Year

David Brooks posted his favorite essays of the year, and I wanted to draw attention to the first two, which I think will be of particular interest to Labbers. »

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