PACHSmörgåsbord: Contemporary Science

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Central Question

I’m interested in how people reinvent the past to justify present-day assumptions or to push an agenda. At the recent 3-Society Meeting in Philadelphia Mike Keas spoke about how certain self-serving myths had made their way into astronomy textbooks from the 19th century. Specifically, how Copernicus’ replacement of the earth-centered cosmos by a sun-centered one demoted us humans from our lofty position at the very center of the cosmos. Well, it sounds convincing—who wouldn’t want to be the center of attention?

Posted by Michal Meyer on 08/11 at 12:19 PM
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calling All Clyde Tombaughs

When Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, he had to work hard at it. Now you can help find exoplanets in the comfort of your own home.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 12/16 at 10:28 PM
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Rock star genetics: the 27GP

Dude, let’s sequence the genomes of all the rock stars who died at age 27. (A tongue-in-cheek review of some recent stories in genomics and general science.)

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 12/16 at 10:17 AM
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Charles Babbage, Eat Your Heart Out

A video on the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator, is a beautiful piece of science communication.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 12/10 at 08:12 AM

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

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

Friday, September 17, 2010

Medicalizing Violence

The recent shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital provokes a historical reflection on constructing antisocial behavior as genetic disease.

Posted by Nathaniel Comfort on 09/17 at 04:50 PM

Monday, September 28, 2009

Medical Students Behaving Badly

The JAMA recently published an article on unprofessional on-line behavior medical students. The authors of the study seemed most concerned with the damage such behavior does to the image of the physician and the ideal of the profession.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/28 at 11:48 PM

Friday, September 25, 2009

HoS Micropost: When Scientific Disputes Go Bad

Dispute between groups at CERN turns ugly.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/25 at 06:43 AM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HoS Mircopost: Forecasting Innovation, or Predicting Nobel Laureates

The Wall Street Journal has entered the prediction game and offers up a laundry list of possible Nobel Laureates.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 09/15 at 11:14 AM

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