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Startup Nation: Revitalizing the Entrepreneurial Network

“Bring on the Entrepreneurs,” the article that Amy Barrett and I co-wrote for the July/August issue of Inc. magazine, has been generating a steady stream of comments on Inc.’s website — mostly positive, but with some dissenters to be sure. To generalize, the critics of the policies we prescribe in the piece take a predictable […]

The Multitudes

“I am large, I contain multitudes,” wrote Walt Whitman, in Song of Myself. Little did he know just how right he was. Interesting stuff by Carl Zimmer on the human microbiome in today’s New York Times. All of us, islands of microbial life — mountains, valleys, caves. The article also contains one of the most […]

Visualizing a New “Tree” of Life

New visual musings on synthetic life from artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsburg. Below, the “3-D Table Matrix,” one of several classification systems Ginsburg proposes.

The New Creative Commons: Part 2

In a recent Inc. magazine story, I wrote about the Tech Shop and La Cocina, a kitchen incubator in San Francisco, as examples of physical spaces whose shared tools and resources are making possible a new wave of innovation and, with it, entrepreneurial activity. In my research I came across information on another project that […]


I recently posted about a great project in New York City called the Biobus. In August, the Biobus, in conjunction with the awesome science advocacy and investment group the Science House, will commence an ambitious program to distribute high-quality microscopes to schools around the world (free!), encouraging students to share and compare their discoveries online. […]

Discover Feature on George Church

Too bad Discover waited such a long time to put this March story online. Anyway, a really great profile of Harvard’s monk-like reader and writer of the genome, George Church. It’s written by Ed Regis, a guy who’s been following cutting-edge synthetic biology work from the beginning.

Synthia in Context

James King, a designer/artist with a scientific bent, has a good article in Seed magazine on the various “flavors” of synthetic biology — a great, accessible introduction to what’s happening right now. Nice work! Below is video James made for his “Cellularity” project, exploring the scientific notion of “aliveness.” Cellularity from James King on Vimeo.

Deep Dive

I’ve decided that free diving is the extremest of extreme sports. This is world-record-holder Robert Trubridge from New Zealand, diving through the Arch in the Red Sea in 2007. Alec Wilkinson wrote a very good piece about the sport’s top women athletes in the New Yorker last summer — abstract here.

Flight Test

Origami hang gliders soar on “wind” from your hands. More details here. At a recent science fair at my kid’s preschool, 4- and 5-year-olds were just as pleased with these super-easy paper “helicopters.” So much cheap/free science that kids are naturally excited about!

The BioBus!

How about funding for 100 of these around the country? Learn more about the NYC-based Cell Motion BioBus here.