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March 19, 2014

The New Patrons of Science

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

While Leonardo DaVinci worked on his many amazing inventions, his work was subsidized by patrons such as Ludovico Sforza, Cesare Borgia, and Giuliano de’Medici.…

February 19, 2014

Your Short-Order Stem Cells May Not Have Arrived After All!

A few weeks ago I blogged about a Japanese researcher's piece in Nature, in which she claimed to have induced pluripotency in mouse blood cells simply by immersing the cells in an acid bath for a half-hour.  It now emerges that the ...
December 4, 2013

Where Have All the Negative Results Gone?

by Craig M. Klugman, PhD

This week I gave a lecture at a university in Texas on ways to teach research ethics.…

September 4, 2013

Media Meld: Science, Credit and Peer-Review

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, a research team at the University of Washington announced what they jokingly refered to as a “Vulcan mind meld.” For those of you who are not Star Trek aficionados, that fictional process is where a Vulcan can reach into the mind of another Vulcan or human to understand and read that other mind.…

August 30, 2013

Faster Than the Speed of Thought

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the 1983 comedic film, The Man with Two Brains,”  Steve Martin’s character falls in love with a female brain preserved in a jar.…

Published Articles (2)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

If I Could Just Stop Loving You: Anti-Love Biotechnology and the Ethics of a Chemical Breakup Brian D. Earp, Olga A. Wudarczyk, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

The Difficult Case of Voluntariness as Autonomy in Anti-Love Biotechnology Hywote Taye

News (50)

April 3, 2014 5:01 pm

112 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed In 3D, Image Has Many ‘Depths And Impressions’

A dinosaur chase that took place 112 million years ago has been reconstructed using 3D imagery.

March 18, 2014 2:49 pm

His Fertility Advance Draws Ire

To most people, the word “mitochondria” is only dimly familiar.  But to Shoukhrat Mitalipov, the mysterious power producers inside every human cell are a lifelong obsession.

March 13, 2014 3:49 pm

NASA contest offers prizes for citizen asteroid hunters

Think you can find Earth-threatening asteroids faster than NASA? Then there is a contest designed just for you: the space agency is calling for citizen scientists to find new and improved ways to track down space rocks.

March 3, 2014 4:04 pm

Giant virus revived from deep freeze in Siberian tundra

Researchers revived a virus dormant in a 30,000-year-old ice core. They warn that oil and gas development in far northern latitudes, such as the one shown here, near Salym, Russia, could disturb microbes harmful to humans.

February 19, 2014 2:23 pm

Scientists create a power plant: Artificial leaf could be used to produce cheap energy

The leaf uses sunlight to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen can be used to propel spacecraft, and is a potential fuel source for combustion engines and other vehicles.

February 14, 2014 12:53 pm

Crazy ants take on fire ants and win

Crazy enough to use their own venom to detoxify that of a fire ant.

February 14, 2014 12:51 pm

Ancient American's genome mapped

Present-day Native Americans are descended from some of the continent’s earliest settlers, a genetic study suggests.

February 13, 2014 6:44 pm

How your DNA can reconstruct history

Most people are carrying around historical records in their DNA, with clues to how people from genetically distinct groups intermingled over the last 4,000 years. That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Science.

January 30, 2014 4:57 pm

How much Neanderthal DNA do you have? Lots

Many of the genes that help determine most people’s skin and hair are more Neanderthal than not, according to two new studies that look at the DNA fossils hidden in the modern human genome.

January 28, 2014 4:55 pm

'Challenger: An American Tragedy:' Review

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger launched through frozen skies and exploded just one minute and 13 seconds after lift off.

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