Why it’s time to lay the selfish gene to rest. Surprise, the biology you learned in high school isn’t necessarily correct.
Obama’s Ethanol Policy an ‘Ecological Disaster.’ A story of how one borderline environmental policy can have far-reaching and disastrous consequences.
An astronomer’s vision for an energy revolution. Feature story about Roger Angel and his goal for bringing sustainable energy sources on to a smarter electric grid.
The importance of stupidity in scientific research. Sometimes fully realizing the infinite scope of our stupidity is the most liberating thing. This is a cool essay about the importance of productive stupidity.
Locked in the Ivory Tower: Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research. The proscriptive part of the article is shallow, but the process of how an article gets published is fascinating. If you’re looking for an area of higher education ripe for disruption I’m not sure it gets much better than this.
Innovation Starvation. We’re struggling to get big stuff done in the world and Neal Stephenson has some ideas as to why that may be. Interesting thoughts as to what context allows a society to take risks and strive to accomplish the difficult.
It’s taken a while but I got around to reading the Center for American Progress report, Disrupting College. It was a really fascinating read, highly recommend it. One quote particularly stood out. While describing the disruption that occurred in the computer industry the authors characterize the old mainframe model by writing:…