If You Love Nostalgia, You’ll Love Retro-Proteins

I’m not sure how real this is, but the possibility is mind-bending: New Scientist reported yesterday that an ancient super-powerful antibiotic was reverse-engineered from current-day proteins.   GenomeWeb states the achievement quite succinctly:  The researchers then worked backwards to find the genetic sequence of the original peptide — active 59 million years ago — and…

Genomics is the beginning of the Second Age of Science

When you think about it, humans have always known more about the cosmos than about themselves.  The earliest ‘wise men’ were astrologers, observing the orbits of the stars and theorizing about the composition of the universe.  The oldest and most renowned scientific institutions (Copenhagen, Hamburg, even Oxford’s science department) were founded by physicists.  The most…

5 Reasons I Hate MATLAB

I’ve used MATLAB almost ever single day for the last year, and I can say confidently that two things are true of MATLAB: Every engineer has used it. No engineer likes using it. Certainly, there are lots of great things about MATLAB – and MathWorks would be glad to tell you what they are.  So…