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Spare a Thought for the Scientist

An assertion that is often made by the more scientifically inclined is that it’s a great shame that the vast majority of people don’t know or apply basic scientific principles to their everyday life. Not in an over complicated sense, but rather to help overcome simple tasks, to aid getting to grips with new and…

UK Government Cultivates Synthetic Biology with Cash Grants

July 11th saw the UK government’s announcement to pledge almost £1 million to fund several university research groups’ participation in an international collaboration to create the world’s first synthetic yeast. David Willets, the UK’s science minister, made the announcement during the week of the sixth Synthetic Biology conference which is this year being hosted by…

DIYBio and Bioart: liberating the laboratory

Life is becoming like raw material, waiting to be engineered – Oron Catts What is the biolab used for today? Discovering pharma-cures, creating the next pest-resistant crop, synthesizing recombinant bacteria to glow, sense, detect, digest…? We see something slightly different: where artists work alongside scientists to create universally beautiful sculptures, where a public laboratory performance…

Saltwater Crocodiles Podcast

The city of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory lies in the heart of crocodile country. In the 1950s, saltwater crocodiles were shot, skinned, and turned into shoes and handbags. After hunting was banned in the 1970s, crocodile numbers climbed. Now there’s a croc for every man, woman, and child in Darwin. Can the human citizens…

Monarch Butterfly Google Earth Tour

A story about the migration of monarch butterflies, and the people that help them out along the way. This Google Earth Tour was produced by Atlantic Public Media in cooperation with the Encyclopedia of Life. Producers: Eduardo Garcia-Milagros & Ari Daniel Shapiro Download the Google Earth Tour KMZ file Learn more about Monarch Butterflies on the…