Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Panopticon Inverted

The recent release of thousands of diplomatic telegrams by Wikileaks may represent the extension of data freedom to the world of international diplomacy.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 11/30 at 09:12 AM
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sundials at Haverford College, Then and Now

Some thoughts about the three sundials at Haverford College and the broader relationship between sundials and science.
UPDATE: Added a photo and description of a fourth sundial on campus.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/23 at 10:56 PM

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Monument to Kopernik, a.k.a. Copernicus

Another history of science site in Philadelphia is the memorial sculpture to Nicolaus Copernicus. The sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Copernicus’s birth.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/20 at 10:53 PM

Friday, November 19, 2010

“His chromosomes made him do it” — again

A new case of crime and sex chromosomes suggests that we haven’t left the seventies behind after all.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 11/19 at 09:22 PM

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tycho Brahe, Mercury, and Retro-diagnosing Illnesses

A team of scientists has be given permission to exhume Tycho Brahe’s body so that they can take samples of hair to test for the presence of mercury. They hope to determine Brahe’s cause of death, and clearly expect that cause to be mercury poisoning. This is the latest attempt by scientists to retro-diagnose historical diseases.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/17 at 10:30 PM

Monday, November 15, 2010

Science, Religion, and Demons

Two recent announcements are oddly linked: The Catholic Bishops’ conference on exorcism and demonic possession and the announcement that Notre Dame’s HPS program will now have a “Science and Theology” track to complement their “History of Science” and the “Philosophy of Science” tracks.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 11/15 at 10:53 PM

Monday, November 01, 2010

Sequence just wants to be free

Myriad Genetics is trying to be the Microsoft of genetic testing--and failing. The recent history of biomedical metaphors suggests that becoming the biotech Facebook would make more sense.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 11/01 at 02:54 PM

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