Also this week: lessons for science communication from 1918, syllabi vs. terms of service, and more.
Ken Hughes reviews what science was like in the ol’ days, and asks what aspects of science today will someday be viewed as bizarre. Back in the old days of this blog, Meghan answered Ken’s question. She met Jim Crow, has sequenced DNA by hand, got what may be the last NSF grant for allozyme sequencing, has given a talk using a slide carousel, has submitted paper copies of a manuscript, and made figures in CricketGraph! No word on whether she’s made dynamite in her garage, or performed surgery with equipment purchased from a hardware store (to pick out two of the more striking bits of old school science from Ken’s post). But none of you are allowed to make fun of Meghan for being old, because I’m
older less young than Meghan, and I refuse to be considered old non-young. 🙂
Sam Perrin on how the current board game renaissance seems like a good time to revive On the Brink, a board game about saving endangered species. While we’re at it, I think somebody should bring back SimLife, modified so that willow trees are not a superspecies that invariably takes over the world, and so that something besides plants can sustain a population.
Science profiles epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers.
This seems apropos: