December 13, 2017

Review: Life at the Speed of Light by J. Craig Venter

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Genetic engineering may well be the next big revolution of our age. Sparked with the discovery of the DNA double-helix by Watson and Crick in 1953, we may just now be on the edge of being able to custom tailor life.

And no one has been farther out on the cutting edge of that revolution than geneticist J. Craig Venter. This week, we take a look at Mr. Venter’s latest book, Life at the Speed of Light: from the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life out from Viking Press. Mr. Venter is the author of a Life Decoded and the CEO and founder of Synthetic Genomics Inc. [Read more...]

Review: Denialism by Michael Specter.

A crucial work...

A crucial work...

 

What’s the harm? This is the statement often echoed in today’s world anytime an exception is raised to pseudoscience. The current atmosphere in society seems to be that there’s no danger in at least supplanting science with sorcery, as long as we don’t apply both to the same rigorous standards… or is something more ominous afoot? Recently, we had the chance to read Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter. [Read more...]

Review: Gardens of the Sun by Paul McAuley.

It was with great anticipation and excitement that we finally got to dig into our advanced reading copy of Gardens of the Sun by Paul McAuley, out March 23, 2010 courtesy of Pyr BooksGardens picks up where last years’ first opus, The Quiet War, left off, and fans of the series will not be disappointed. The near-future battle for the ultimate direction of humanity spans the solar system as the Three Powers Alliance of Earth struggles to consolidate its hold on the Jovian and Saturnian systems, while the decimated Outers flee into the depths of the exterior solar system. [Read more...]