The Open Science movement and beyond

Arguments for the open science movement often use the funding structure of science as a motivation for free access to scientific literature. If science is funded by governmental grants that are created with taxes from citizens in the country, then data created by this funding source should be accessible to …

Sean B. Carroll’s “Brave Genius”

There is an element of chance to the root of genius (Albert Camus, Notebooks 1942-1951). This quote sums up Sean Carroll’s main point in his interesting new book “Brave Genius”. The book explores the achievements and friendship of two French Nobel laureates: Jacques Monod and Albert Camus. Both men were …

Your science appears everywhere

Anyone notice that they start seeing scientific patterns in every day life? For example, there’s a water fountain next on Harbord Street with the lettering SPKK. I always thought it was a CDK1 phosphorylation site. Here’s an ordered region. Here’s a disordered region.

Moss growing on lava fields!

Here’s something I was kind of fascinated by in Iceland last summer. I’m not 100% sure what this moss is called (it might be Racomitrium canescens??), but you can see it all over the lava fields in the southern part of the island. Apparently there are 600 different species of …