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Current Topic: Science

How One Decision Affects Many Players
Topic: Science 1:38 am EDT, Jun 24, 2002

The observations of Albert-Laszlo Barabasi about networks have broad applications in business. In an interview, he explained a few of the implications.

How One Decision Affects Many Players

Lessons From Networks, Online and Other
Topic: Science 1:34 am EDT, Jun 24, 2002

Albert-Lazlo Barabasi, a professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, became fascinated with the structure of the Internet in 1998. He and his student researchers designed software robots that went out on the Net and mapped as many of its nodes, hubs and links as they could. He then began studying other networks and found that they had similar structures. The Internet in particular, he found, had taken on characteristics of a living ecosystem.

That made for a valuable insight in itself. But Professor Barabasi went a step further and analyzed the genetic networks of various living organisms, finding that their genes and proteins interacted in much the same networked way as the Internet.

This conclusion, described in Professor Barabasi's new book, "Linked: The New Science of Networks", could alter the way we think about all the networks that affect our lives.

I've already recommended this book, but today's NYT interview provides some additional background in case you haven't already bought the book.

Lessons From Networks, Online and Other

Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense
Topic: Science 12:16 am EDT, Jun 19, 2002

"When Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution through natural selection 143 years ago, the scientists of the day argued over it fiercely, but the massing evidence from paleontology, genetics, zoology, molecular biology and other fields gradually established evolution's truth beyond reasonable doubt. Today that battle has been won everywhere--except in the public imagination."

Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

Could It Be A Big World After All?
Topic: Science 9:02 pm EDT, Jun 11, 2002

Abstract: The idea that people are connected through just "six degrees of separation," based on Stanley Milgram's "small world study," has become part of the intellectual furniture of educated people. New evidence discovered in the Milgram papers in the Yale archives, together with a review of the literature on the "small world problem," reveals that this widely-accepted idea rests on scanty evidence. Indeed, the empirical evidence suggests that we actually live in a world deeply divided by social barriers such as race and class. An explosion of interest is occurring in the small world problem because mathematicians have developed computer models of how the small world phenomenon could logically work. But mathematical modeling is not a substitute for empirical evidence. At the core of the small world problem are fascinating psychological mysteries.

Could It Be A Big World After All?

Gould's Serious Fun
Topic: Science 1:36 pm EDT, May 23, 2002

"Can you imagine having Stephen Jay Gould as a babysitter?"

Gould's Serious Fun Technology | Clone free
Topic: Science 10:02 am EDT, May 21, 2002

Maybe in 2053, when my clone is having coffee with your clone, the arguments in Francis Fukuyama's cautionary polemic "Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution" will seem as quaint as the early opposition to railroads does today.

... Fukuyama told Salon why he thinks that the right to be cloned and to tinker with our offspring's genes aren't liberties that we should all enjoy, and what should be done to restrain the onrush of biotechnology.

This appears to be more oriented toward concerns about actions rather then concerns about thoughts. Therefore I find it more reasonable. Technology | Clone free Famed Harvard Biologist Stephen Jay Gould Dies
Topic: Science 9:10 pm EDT, May 20, 2002

Stephen Jay Gould, a famed evolutionary biologist and prolific author who influenced his field for decades, died Monday. He was 60.

Gould died of cancer at his home in New York City.

It is a sad day for science. And given his failing health, I am all the more impressed with his recent publication of a mammoth 1464 page treatise on evolutionary theory. Famed Harvard Biologist Stephen Jay Gould Dies

AIDS cured?
Topic: Science 5:51 pm EDT, May  3, 2002

Researchers Use Gene Therapy to Destroy HIV Virus

Interesting approach here... Hurry up and wait 3 years for trials/maturity...

AIDS cured?

Stem Cell Research Yeilds Cure for 'Bubble Boy' Disease
Topic: Science 3:32 am EST, Apr  4, 2002

Impressive and very cool application of biotech. Which sometimes appears somewhat creepy to me; however, this kind of application is why we should continue (carefully) to continue this important research.

Stem Cell Research Yeilds Cure for 'Bubble Boy' Disease || technology and culture, from the trenches
Topic: Science 5:27 am EST, Mar 11, 2002

This post is a little rambly... Basically you can get a standard DNA paternity test and then line it up with databases that are developing on the net... if everyone got a paternity test done you could track your genetic degrees of separation from anyone else. If you're one of those people who has no idea where the hell your ancestors lived you might get a good general idea through this database. (I had the good fortune of having a cousin who became obsessed with geneology in retirement and figured out exactly where my ancestors lived and all kinds of other neat information about them... ) I'm glad we're fairly well along the way toward seperating the concept of blood heredity and legal power prior to the invention of this sort of technology, but I agree with the poster that this sort of thing is going to cause some static in some of the older cultures. || technology and culture, from the trenches

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