Science Report

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ottawa Citizen
16 Sep 2007

“If I hadn’t opened my big mouth a couple of times,” says Tim Patterson. He doesn’t finish the sentence, though it’s pretty clear where the front half of it was heading. If he hadn’t mounted a very public critique on the common view that fossil fuels... read more...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


The Age
20 Aug 2007

Dr Jenny Martin 33, zoologist, University of Melbourne It was almost inevitable that Jenny Martin would become a zoologist. Sure, her parents are scientists (her father was actually one of her lecturers), but it’s due to her lifelong “fascination with... read more...
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bangkok Post
21 Jul 2007

When people call Felice Frankel an artist, she winces. In the first place, the photographs she makes don’t sell. She knows this, she says, because after she received a Guggenheim grant in 1995, she started taking her work to galleries. ‘‘Nobody wanted... read more...

Monday, July 02, 2007

Scientist’s next big goal: create life form
By Gautam Naik
The Wall Street Journal Europe
02 Jul 2007

Biologist J. Craig Venter and his colleagues have changed one species of bacteria into another, a key step on the road to building what could be the world’s first artificial living organism. Having famously deciphered the human genome seven years ago,... read more...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Devout doctor writes prescription for the stem-cell research debate
By Gautam Naik
The Wall Street Journal Europe
18 Jun 2007

ONE MORNING IN APRIL, Dr. Donald Landry, the interim chairman of Columbia University’s department of medicine, boarded a 3 a.m. train from New York to Washington, D.C. He was there for an unfamiliar kind of meeting: Though he’s neither a political... read more...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ambassadors of the soul
by Simon Ings 322pp, Bloomsbury, £17.99 by Stuart Clark 415pp, Oxford, £35
The Guardian
02 Jun 2007

After Albert Einstein died of a ruptured aorta on April 18 1955 his brain was removed for medical research. What is less well known is that his ophthalmologist, Henry Abrams, also took out the great physicist’s eyes. Quite why he did so is unclear. To... read more...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Too many scientists, not enough managers
The Globe and Mail
23 May 2007

Canada is experiencing a serious gap in management talent that is a major contributing factor in its lagging prosperity compared with the United States, says a new study co-written by one of the country’s leading business school deans. The study,... read more...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A ghostly halo that could unlock the dark secret of the universe
Ian Sample Science correspondent
The Guardian
16 May 2007

A ghostly halo detected around a distant cluster of galaxies is the strongest evidence yet for dark matter, the cosmic scaffold around which the planets and stars form, astronomers said yesterday. The discovery is a milestone in a 70-year search for a... read more...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Times of India New Delhi Edition
09 May 2007

Washington: A gargantuan explosion ripped apart a star perhaps 150 times more massive than our Sun in a relatively nearby galaxy in the most powerful and brightest supernova ever observed, astronomers said on Monday. And there is one such star in our... read more...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Biotechnology sector comes of age
pharmaceuticals catherine boyle
The Business
21 Apr 2007

For three decades, biotech was notorious for sucking cash into a black hole. That has now changed. In 2006, worldwide revenues of listed biotechnology firms hit $70bn (£35bn, e52bn) for the first time, according to Ernst & Young. Biotech companies... read more...