1. Not So Verily [Link]

    June 08, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Derek Lowe has some choice comments about the Google biotech Verily.

    Here's the quote from their CEO:

    . . .We’ve done a lot, to be quite humble about it. Enough to give us great confidence that this is all likely to work. . .

    We know that much of this works: we ...

  2. Mutants Among Us [Link]

    May 11, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Derek Lowe has some smart things to say about how the humnan genome is portrayed in the media now and how that's going to be changing.

    ...the steadily increasing power and scope of sequencing technology is allowing us to really get to work in the zone between those two ...

  3. Microsculptures [Link]

    May 02, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    These macro photos are a really incredible use of cameras, microscopes, and computers.

    By way of Twitter

  4. Single Bronze Age 'King' Responsible For Half Of Western European Men [Link]

    April 28, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From RT.com:

    Coming out of the Stone Age, the chieftain and his descendants controlled the population and reproduction through a new hierarchical system of powerful elites which, much like his bloodline, continues to this day.

    The gifs in the article are particularly rediculous but it's an interesting finding ...

  5. The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map [Link]

    April 19, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I'm not a huge fan of Slate but every once in awhile, I really enjoy one of their deep-dives. This article about the source of the spread of Cholera in Haiti is incredible.

    One of the several key facts this map fails to note is that three months earlier ...

  6. Depletion Ego [Link]

    March 08, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Slate has an interesting, if somewhat overly dramatic, take on recent psychology studies about Ego Depletion:

    But that story is about to change. A paper now in press, and due to publish next month in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, describes a massive effort to reproduce the main effect ...

  7. Holiday Experiments: The Wolfram Programming Language

    December 29, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Weeks before my holiday vacation, I refresh a long-standing list — my "things to try" during vacation list. This very Web site began life on that list. This year is no different and I thought I'd share them as I complete them. Today's post is about the Wolfram Programming ...

  8. Statistical Atlas of the US [Link]

    June 17, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Flowing Data has an excellent visual analysis of a ton of data. There are no conclusions presented, just data. It's fascinating to see all of this data on one page. I particularly found the Income charts interesting. It's hard for me to spend less than an hour looking ...

  9. Q&A With Steven Pinker [Link]

    May 26, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I've always enjoyed Steven Pinker's books and essays. He's a truly thoughtful scientist. This question and answer piece on parlio is a great example of his clear and logical thinking. Even when the questions veer toward unimaginative or ignorant, his responses are still thought provoking and to ...

  10. Thing Explainer Book by Randall Monroe

    May 13, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I really enjoyed the Randall Monroe book "What If?" and now I get to look forward to his latest work Thing Explainer. I love his approach to story telling through obscure problem statements. Each "answer" is really just a new problem to unpack. Thing Explainer builds on the xkcd comic ...