Guts guidance

It’s lunchtime in the year 2050 and you’re grocery shopping for a snack. Sandwich or salad? Sesame bagel or that gourmet cheeseburger you’ve been craving? To aid your choice, you decide to go with your gut….literally. Within minutes, you’ve consulted an app on your phone which lists your current intestinal microbe composition. Looks like you
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Mouse discrimination

Title image courtesy Mycroyance, CC BY-NC 2.0 Cages of small white mice lining a laboratory. A classic image of science research, featuring a star model organism responsible for numerous medical advances. What isn’t obvious about this image is that many, if not all, of mice used in research are male. In fact, eight out of
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East Bay Biohackers

Title image: Counter Culture Labs consists of DIY biologists and citizen scientists. Courtesy of Counter Culture Labs. Biotechnology has blossomed in the Bay Area but it doesn’t have to stay restricted to just industry or universities. The do-it-yourself biology movement is bringing biotech to the heart of the Oakland community. Counter Culture Labs (CCL) is
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Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves – A Low-Spoiler “Science” Review

Title image courtesy NASA. I’ve attempted to make this review as spoiler-light and science-oriented as possible. In some sense, discussing the degree to which spoilers will effect one’s enjoyment of a story can itself be a meta-spoiler about the overall structure of a story, so I will simply say that I read the novel knowing
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Warp drives and science fictions

Title image courtesy NASA, STScI, and ESA Excitement for science is why I’m the blog editor for the BSR.  But if history is any indication, I’m a fan of tempered excitement. If you’ve followed science news for the past few days, you’ve no doubt seen an abundance of articles about the EmDrive–the prototype reactionless engine
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