When the sequence of the human genome was declared essentially complete in 2003, all biologists (except perhaps Craig Venter) heaved a sigh of gladness that the data were all on one website, publicly available, well-annotated and carefully cross-linked.
The Summer 2010 Humanity+ Conference is emphasizing DIY with the brilliant theme "The Rise of the Citizen Scientist." (Our last magazine edition was organized around the DIY theme, focusing particularly on DIY Bio.)
Let’s start by petting (or shooting) the elephant in the room. All the snarksters will assume that I’m interviewing Dr. Richard Clark Kaufman on nutraceuticals because his NEURVANA company is an h+ advertiser. Not true. My corruption is entirely based on the free schwag!
Have you ever been beaten at the classic word game Scrabble by an 85-year-old grandmother? (I have, and I’m usually pretty good at wordsmithing.) Some elderly people with super-sharp memory don’t seem to suffer the memory loss that assails most people as they age. Why?
Consciousness is the “hard problem” in mind science: explaining how the astonishing private world of consciousness emerges from neuronal activity.