Tag Archive | Linkage

Linkage 5/20: Predicting Cardiac Arrest & Scolding McDonalds

A Magic 8-Ball for Cardiac Arrest Cardiac arrest is one of the most common ways that people die, and hospitals need to be constantly vigilant about the threat of heart stoppage in their patients. So physicians have long sought to develop a way of predicting who is most at risk for cardiac arrest when checked […]

Linkage 5/6: Shubin Honors, The Life Cycle of Drugs, & Bin Laden’s DNA

More Honors for Shubin In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed an order creating the National Academy of Sciences, an organization bringing together the country’s most esteemed scientists to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art.” From the original 50 members, the group has blossomed […]

Linkage 4/22: Nuclear Lessons, Cancer Genomes, DES’ Legacy

The University of Chicago is the birthplace of nuclear energy. So like proud but concerned parents, UChicago has kept a close eye on the benefits and challenges of nuclear power over the years since the first self-sustained nuclear reaction under Stagg Field. Thus, the battle to manage the consequences of the damaged reactors at the […]

Linkage 4/15: TEDxUChicago, Chomsky Wrong?, Big Bangs

TED Comes to Campus This weekend, the students of the University of Chicago are putting together a local edition of the renowned TED conference called TEDxUChicago. The theme, “Reinventing the Life of the Mind,” nicely blends the goals of TED and the University, the idea-sharing mission of the conference sutured to the intellectual spirit of […]

Linkage 4/8: Exciting Bumps, Shutdown Ripples

In physics, there’s nothing better than an unexpected result. Wednesday, Fermilab scientists unveiled the graph at left and caused figurative rioting in the streets of the physics community, confirming months of rumors about an exciting new result from the suburban Chicago facility (You can watch video of the presentation here). It’s a big score in […]

Linkage 3/25: Giant Bunnies, Religious Obesity, and Kin Selection Kerfuffle

Just in time for Easter, a team of scientists digging on a Spanish island have discovered the fossils of a prehistoric rabbit of unusual size: 26 pounds, more than six times the size of today’s bunnies. Called Nuralagus rex – the “king of the hares” – the big guy definitely did not hop when it […]

Linkage 3/18: Match Day, Podcast #0.3, and More

Yesterday wasn’t just St. Patrick’s Day for fourth-year medical students around the country – it was also Match Day, the tense and celebratory day when aspiring doctors learn the residency program where they will spend their next 3-7 years. At the Pritzker School of Medicine, green-clad students and supporters absolutely packed the hospital’s Billings Auditorium […]

Linkage 3/11: Panspermia, Kidney Swaps, and Genetic Tests

Alien Life & Scientific Skepticism: The Sequel In a bit of deja vu this week, a new paper stirred up fevered online debate about the existence of aliens among us – and the traditions of scientific publications. This time, ground zero for the debate was not the bacteria of arsenic-laced Mono Lake, but microscopic filaments […]

Linkage 2/25: AAASing From Afar, NOVA Venom, Magnetic Turtles

I’ve said it before, but the AAAS Meeting is my favorite scientific conference, a cross-disciplinary feast of research that’s perfect for omnivores of science. As I wait for the meeting to return to Chicago (2014!), I spent the week attending from afar through the many online recaps. Depending on your preferences, you can get your […]

Linkage 2/17: Metaknowledge, iResidents, and Baldness

Perhaps the biggest science story of the week took place, oddly enough, on a game show. The victory of an IBM supercomputer named Watson over human contestants on Jeopardy burned up the Internet, launching a million jokes about impending robot enslavement of humans and comparisons to 2001′s HAL. Now attention is starting to turn to […]


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