Scientific Publications

I did a Pubmed search to see the publication trend in a few key areas of scientific research. In all these areas (Synthetic Biology, Cancer, Genetic Circuits), research has been steadily growing as indicated by the number of research papers published, as seen in the right hand side of each picture below. Cancer: 2.6 million articles as of 30 Sep 2012 Synthetic Biology: 15693 articles … Continue reading Scientific Publications

Prisons

Two contrasting articles on prisons. One from ‘The New Yorker’ and the other one from ‘The Guardian’. Six million people are under correctional supervision in the U.S.—more than were in Stalin’s gulags. A prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories … Continue reading Prisons

Why is Science Important

“Happy is he who gets to know the reasons for things”. I wish this 2000 year-old statement from Virgil was enough to deal with the question that must plague teachers all over the world — “what’s the point of this?” But, as someone who’s just returned to the teaching profession after a seven-year break, I can assure you it’s not. I teach at an inner … Continue reading Why is Science Important