The Scan

This NYT article looks into whether evolution helped form human morality.

Dawkins! No, Collins!

In a Wired survey, you get to decide who wins the faith-versus-science argument: Francis Collins or Richard Dawkins.

A blogger says research universities churn out scientists much faster than the funding system can absorb them.

Harvard says its new science center will cut greenhouse gas emissions well below federally mandated levels.

A blogger takes challenges what he sees as a pejorative use of the term "junk DNA."

A survey tests your ability to distinguish between computer programmers and serial killers.

A high-performance computer is powered by bicyclists.

A bevy of articles contend that science is chock-full of mistakes.

Former Millennium honchos start up a new venture fund.

A blogger wants Congress to refund the Office of Technology Assessment.

Stop Calling it Junk!

Geneticists find that "junk" DNA is actually evolving.

This Week in Science

Science has starch genes, geek camp, and more in this week's issue.

Personalized medicine needs good genomic data to move the field forward.

GenomeBoy wonders how much genomic information about himself he can take.

Some publishers are distancing themselves from PRISM.

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley told Wall Street analysts it's time to get to know their genome.

The US Senate will soon consider requiring federally funded research to be made freely available within 12 months of publication.

The Edge Foundation's annual event hosted a small group of science rock stars.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on NIH funding woes, neglected diseases, and DNA methylation.

VentureBeat ponders the fate of the US health insurance system in the era of personal genomics.

Made-to-order genes are a multi-million dollar field.

Google's health VP leaves.

Firefox extension CoScripter can be used for sharing, and automating, bioinformatic computations.

The new Mass Biotech Council leader may be just as "ethically challenged" as the previous one.

Reed Elsevier launches an experimental program to test free access to 100 of its journals.


At Nature, Johns Hopkins' Gundula Bosch describes her graduate program that aims to get doctoral students thinking about the big picture.

Patricia Fara writes about childcare funding, and women in science and science history at NPR.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researchers have visualized the career paths of former postdocs.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds that half of women working in STEM have experienced gender discrimination at work.