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DNA Analysis Of Ancient Excrement Reveals The Diets Of Centuries Past : The Salt : NPR
Just another reminder that living in the 21st century is fucking awesome.
history  science  food  health 
yesterday by cmananian
Buddhism is a religion of the intellect
My decades as a biologist, along with comparable decades as a Buddhist sympathizer, have convinced me that of all the world’s religions – and especially by contrast to the Abrahamic Big Three (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Buddhism is unusually science-friendly.
[Not a good article, but it reminded me of The Everlasting Man, which I'm reading right now. Chesterton makes the same point about Buddhism, calling it a philosophy rather than a religion.]
gk-chesterton  buddhism  religion  science 
yesterday by xianoforange
The case for storing digital data in DNA / Boing Boing
Using DNA to store digital data has been a classic forecast in infotech futurism for more than two decades. The basic concept is that you could synthesize strands of DNA encoded with digital information and then decode it with DNA sequencing techniques. While several amazing experiments have demonstrated that DNA data storage is possible, it's…
science  biology  genetics  storyResearch 
yesterday by basemaly
Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body - MIT Technology Review
Extremely normal paragraph:

“There are going to be a lot of weird questions even if it isn’t a brain in a box,” said an advisor to the NIH who didn’t wish to speak on the record. “I think a lot of people are going to start going to slaughterhouses to get heads and figure it out.”
grim-meathook-future  science  brrrrraaaaains 
yesterday by bokane
Scientific Communication As Sequential Art
Bret Victor's (worrydream) paper on interactive explanatory communication, for explaining science.
paper  science  visualization  design  communication  education 
yesterday by tswaterman
What can we learn from data analysis failures? · Simply Statistics
"I think the data analytic lesson learned from the Duke Saga is that data analysts need to be allowed to say “stop”. But also, the ability to do so depends critically on the relationships between the analyst and members of the investigator team. If an analyst feels uncomfortable raising analytic issues with other members, then arguably all analyses done by the team are at risk. No amount of statistical expertise or tooling can fix this fundamental human problem."
science  statistics  sociology 
yesterday by arsyed
TED-Ed and Periodic Videos
A lesson about every single element on the periodic table
Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-Ed platform.
chemistry  education  science  ted  video 
yesterday by mandarine

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