A Ray of Light

Bruce Fraser was a legendary imaging scientist, writer, and musician. For me, experiencing the total solar eclipse on August 21st brought back fond memories of a dear friend.

How Your Brain Resembles the Cosmic Web

The distribution of fluctuations in the cerebellum is reminiscent of the distribution of galaxies in the cosmic web.

DNA Replication Visible for the First Time

An 11-second movie shows a single DNA molecule unwinding and rewinding as its genetic information is copied.

From Engineered Stem Cells to Consciousness

We live amidst the overlap of these two worlds: the development of Sheefs rattles prior conceptions of our biological foundations, while Dennett and his colleagues assert there is no divine spark required for consciousness, even human consciousness.

You’re Probably Seeing Something Like This

Our perceptual mechanisms are predictive. The brain constructs a model of what it expects to find from moment to moment in the real world, then subsequently validates (or invalidates) that model based on input from the eyes.

Forget Those Other Monkeys, Just Save the Bonobos

Given that our conservation resources are limited, perhaps we should leave all those other monkeys to fend for themselves, and focus on saving the bonobos!

The Future That’s Already Here

So many startling advances are being made today in machine learning, cloud computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and virtual reality, that it’s easy to overlook biology.

What is There to Market?

Regardless of what vertical market you serve, if you make any kind of physical product, your industry is about to be disrupted by automated manufacturing.

Community of Amateurs Discovers Planets Around Other Stars

Unlike the work of a single scientist, a large online community can combine the independent assessments of many non-experts, thereby gaining the “wisdom of crowds” in which the group opinion is equal to or better than that of any one expert (or the best computer algorithms currently available).

The Awesome Value of Community

More than just a shared concern, a community is a shared identity, and joining a community redefines the possibility of who you are.