Happy Birthday, Noam Chomsky
Today, on Noam Chomsky’s 84th birthday, Gary Marcus reflects on the legacy he’s created, and his influence on linguistics: “Chomsky may not always have the right answers. But he has always had the wisdom to pose the right questions.”
Continue reading: http://nyr.kr/VnwY7Z
Photograph by Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum.
12:29 pm • 7 December 2012 • 249 notes
A Wise Decision
Catch the Wormhole of 3:45 PM
By Eugenia Loli, on Tumblr
10:11 am • 7 December 2012 • 3,204 notes
Every time I am reminded of Christina Agapakis’ unique twist on synthetic biology research, I smile. It’s such a wonderful blend of design, art and pure cool. I had the pleasure of helping her with one of her “body bacteria” projects at this year’s SXSW conference.
To put it bluntly, the cheeses you are looking at were cultured using bacteria swabbed from the armpits (and elsewhere) of human bodies. The species of bacteria living on us, and the volatile (read: “smelly”) compounds that they produce aren’t that far off, chemically speaking, from what we normally find in cheese. I mean, some cheese smells like feet because feet smell like feet bacteria, know what I mean?
It challenges our perception of what is “gross” and what is “good”. Check out Christina’s site to read more about this cheesy project, and follow her Scientific American blog, Oscillator.
Want more cool/gross synthetic biology projects? Check out E. chromi, a project to use colored poo to diagnose medical conditions.
1:15 am • 1 December 2012 • 416 notes
when people ask me what jobs there are with my degree, after slapping them in the face I’ll show them this photo.
10:18 am • 28 November 2012 • 3 notes
“Actually, there are two basic theories about how the universe was created. There is a scientific explanation: that the universe began to expand about 13.7 billion years ago and continues today to do so. And there’s an explanation offered by people who believe that angels are real… People who suggest that we teach children competing theories are using a sophisticated code to further the forces of creationism.”
— Michael Specter responds to Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s comments in GQ magazine about the age of the Earth. Continue reading. (via newyorker)
8:46 pm • 20 November 2012 • 164 notes