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Headline: Hopelessly peripatetic. Thoughts and actions ranging from post-Pasteurian microbiology, indiscriminate writing and post-digital media, various forms of performances thespian and corporate, the Long Now and a post-electronic age, and transforming natural philosophy in the 21st century.
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"A tiny spare bedroom is not an ideal space for a high tech biofabrication facility. To get to the one Josh Perfetto is putting together, visitors must walk all the way to the back of his mostly unfurnished house in Saratoga, California—through the kitchen, past some empty rooms, across a den with a lone couch—then climb a poorly lit staircase and round a corner."
A really nice article on the state of gadgets DIYbiologists are creating on their own to do their biology. Very fun.
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"Taxonomy has a reputation as one of science's least glamorous fields, and experts have been sounding an alarm over declining funding and a global dearth of practitioners. With extinctions estimated to outnumber discoveries of new species and many of Earth's most diverse taxa still unaccounted for, they say the effort to identify and catalog organisms is more critical than ever before. Now some researchers are calling for taxonomists to open wide their profession's gates to amateur scientists, as the popular GalaxyZoo Web site has begun to do with citizen astronomers."
Citizen science to the rescue!
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"The primary school children's research not only went some way to addressing that scarcity of understanding, but also toward opening the world of scientific research, Lotto says. The study may not mark a major leap forward in scientific understanding, but it was well designed, correctly executed and the findings are genuinely novel. And while the presentation certainly wouldn’t have gotten any PhD candidates published, the research demonstrates that with the right thinking and encouragement, anyone can be a scientist. As Lotto puts it, “If an amateur, or someone who doesn’t know the historical scientific context makes a discovery, does that mean the science isn’t relevant?”"
Brilliant. Relevant to those promoting citizen science and DIYscience.