The statements that GMOs have brought no benefits require very careful and selective reading of the evidence. In fact, in the developing world, we see extremely large yield increases, on the order of 60% or more. That's been seen for Bt cotton, for instance, and even larger gains were seen for Bt brinjal (eggplant). … »
Great list. Big +1 to Kathleen Ann Goonan.
Two of my favorites who I feel are under-appreciated are Daniel Keys Moran and Walter Jon Williams. »
I was about to leave exactly the same comment. In particular that we used fire for at least hundreds of thousands of years before language or multi-part tools, always knocks me out. »
I'm not a huge fan of Jared Diamond. I think Guns, Germs, and Steel, while strong in a number of ways, got a lot wrong and ignored some big problems with his thesis. And I thought Collapse was far more eco-pessimistic than is supported by the data. I have no interest in reading The World Until Yesterday or in… »
George, that is awesome. I wish I'd been on the playa this year myself. It would have been wonderful to see you and Lucas there! »
The team that brought us the first neurally remote controlled beetle has a new paper out today proposing a huge step forward in brain-computer interfaces. In an article published the arXiv Quantitative Biology archive, Dongjin Seo, Michael Maharbiz, and colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley… »
This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human growth and prosperity on planet Earth. Both parts are based on Ramez Naam’s new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet. You can also read part two. »