March 2011

The Ghosts of Yellowstone

March 29, 2011

Paleontologists often deal with time scales in the hundreds of millions of years, reading the messages of fossils to learn about life on Earth long before humans arrived on the scene. But bones aren’t limited to providing insight on [Read more]

Crowdsourcing the War on Cancer

March 28, 2011

Reading The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “biography of cancer” from last year, one is struck by both the long and short history of cancer. Descriptions of breast cancer can be found as long ago as an Egyptian [Read more]

The Secret World of Microbes

March 21, 2011

Since the time of Linnaeus, scientists have loved classifying the world around them. But while centuries of biologists have worked to collect and categorize the plants and animals of Earth, all that work likely only covers about a minute fraction of [Read more]

Putting the Data Warehouse to Work

March 17, 2011

Electronic health records are a hot topic in the world of medicine, as hospitals implement new computerized systems to meet federal incentives. Proponents of replacing paper records with electronic health records (EHR) in hospitals and other health [Read more]

Nature’s Neverending Tournament

March 14, 2011

For three weeks starting tonight, the attention of sports fans around the country will be on the brackets of the NCAA Basketball Tournament as 68 teams are methodically reduced to one champion. The process is somewhat similar to evolution, as a [Read more]