Monthly Archives: August 2013

Elon Musk on innovating

Elon Musk is an incredibly interesting person.  I love his approach to innovation and appreciate his definition of ‘success.’  I think that’s probably one of the biggest take-always from this video, for me;  I’m not completely crazy, although I feel … Continue reading

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Rising seas …. due to fish farms?

  I think we are all familiar with the implied causal relationship between Climate Change and rising sea levels.  President Obama famously said in 2008 “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our … Continue reading

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GM rice out-competes wild rice in the absence of Roundup

  I came across an interesting article today at Nature News.  It discusses a report on transgenic rice, engineered to over-express 5-enolpyruvoylshikimate-3-phosphate (EPSP) synthase which confers resistance to the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup).  This transgenic rice line was then out-crossed with a … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s disease: New pre-onset biomarker diagnostic

  New research out of Spain suggests that it is possible to determine if someone will develop Alzheimers, as early as 10 years in advance, by measuring the amount of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Aside from the … Continue reading

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Golden Rice field trial destroyed in Philippines.

Tragic news out of the Philippines; activists have destroyed a field trial for a particular Genetically Modified (GM) crop called Golden Rice.  This particular crop has two exogenous genes introduced, one from maize and another from bacteria, so that this … Continue reading

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Malaria vaccine provides 100% protection

  Yesterday I wrote an article for the purpose of illustrating how fundamental research can, in a relatively short time frame (~10 years), go from fundamental research to proven, industrial scale applied technology.  These technological developments have the potential for … Continue reading

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Scientists with social consciences: Antimalarial drugs for developing countries

  I was going back over the entries I’ve published so far and noticed a distinct negativity focused at researchers.  I don’t want this to become a theme here. Society places a lot of trust in scientists. Moreover, they invest … Continue reading

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