Yvonne Carts-Powell

Holograms on your candy

In beautiful, hilarious, technology on July 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

I knew it was just a matter of time before the edible holograms story re-appeared in the media! New Scientist reports that Chocolate gets a rainbowy holographic makeover.

About Noise

In hilarious, Science, technology on July 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

Statue wearing headphones

Photo by Noboru, from Morguefile.


I didn’t think noise was all that interesting, but Jonathon Keats at Discover Magazine piqued my interest with 20 Things You Didn't Know About… Noise.

If you wish to make a gene from scratch | Oscillator, Scientific American Blog Network

In beautiful, Science, technology, writing on July 8, 2014 at 7:24 am

I love science journalism. Sometimes I hate it, too. All too often, the public ends up reading a perfect storm of wrong information that occurs when science writers use imperfect analogies to get their point across (as article wordcounts shrink from multikiloword features to mere Tweets) and/or journalists untrained in science cover stories without sufficient background to understand the topic (or even ask appropriate questions). Remember when the Internet was a series of tubes invented by Al Gore? This year, it’s synthetic biology’s turn in the barrel of abuse.

Christina Agapakis, over at the Scientific American blog Oscillator, tries to undo some of the damage by explaining how “designing a gene with synthetic biology” is really not like writing a software program, despite an article published by the New York Times. It’s a good read: If you wish to make a gene from scratch.

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