Science

For years now, I have been expecting people to use synthetic biology to make complex organic molecules like pharmaceuticals. If you splice the genes that allow some organism to make the molecule in question into another organism that is easy to cultivate, you can go from making the drug in a large and costly factory […]

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Wasp v. cockroach

May 18, 2015

in Science

I sometimes talk to people who think nature is generally benevolent or cooperative. This system of reproduction seems to raise grave objections to that viewpoint.

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In response to the decision to let Shell drill for oil in the arctic: This is climate denial of the status quo sort, where people accept the science, and indeed make long speeches about the immorality of passing on a ruined world to our children. They just deny the meaning of the science, which is […]

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One article and one paper

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Friday’s presentations to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuel went very well. A version of the text with citations is online.

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As promised, Toronto350.org got the electronic version of our final fossil fuel divestment brief to the committee members a week before our presentation: The Fossil Fuel Industry and the Case for Divestment: Update. My friend Anne designed a great cover, using a photo from our November 2014 divestment march. I also have a version of […]

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Tonight, we are proofreading the brief update for the final time. On Friday, I am getting copies printed.

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I fear that my list of project ideas, which I assemble out of an optimistic hope that the future will bring a long span of free time for such undertakings, includes an idea for a screenplay. It would be a film in the style of Apollo 13 (technically and historically accurate, and developed with lots […]

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From The Economist: “Body-disposal teams are credited with checking Ebola in Liberia. But such teams are often attacked in Guinea. Resistance is reported in over a third of prefectures. … At times last year it looked as if Ebola was under control in Guinea, the largest of the affected countries. But health workers have trouble […]

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