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Science in Review: Lab Coats and Business Suits

I just changed positions from teaching at a university to a lab position at a biotech company. I’m struggling to adjust to the industry environment. What are the biggest changes in my thinking, approach to work, and job expectations I need toRead more…

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Science Corner: You’ve Got A Lot of Nerve(s)!

My favorite recent story is the sequencing of the octopus genome. . . . Speaking of learning, I’d like to learn more about my readers so I can better serve you. I’ve created the following survey, and I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d complete it. As an extra incentive, we are offering prizes to 5 randomly selected respondents.Read more…

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Science Corner: BioLogos Conference Recap, Pt 2

This week, I want to highlight some of the scientific topics [BioLogos’ Evolution & Christian Faith conference]. I had a hard time choosing, especially since these recordings allowed me to catch up with talks I wasn’t able to attend in person.Read more…

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Jurassic July: The Three-Legged Stool of Science

When I was a microbiology graduate student, it was generally understood that there were three broad career options: continue on in academia, work for the government, or join the corporate world. Any discussion of one’s future plans and goals typically started with a question about that threefold choice.Read more…

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Science Corner: S-U-C-C-E-S… Leave off the Last ‘S’ for Science!

Even if science isn’t your thing, the very practical insights and tips are relevant to any situation where you are communicating with people who understand the world differently from yourself. For example, the advice seems just as applicable to the challenge of clarifying misconceptions about the Bible.Read more…

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Science Corner: Pluto’s Even Goofier than We Thought

We infer a lot about God’s nature from the regularity of the sun. . . . Yet it’s starting to seem as if that kind of behavior is, if not rare, then at least not the only significant paradigm. . . . given all the unpredictable behavior in nature right here, what sort of theology should we have here on Earth?Read more…

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Science in Review: The World of Tomorrow, Today

[H]ow a message is framed strongly influences how we respond to the message itself. . . . Tomorrowland doesn’t claim that just changing the kind of science fiction we tell will be enough to address the concerns it has. Read more…

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Science in Review: Playing God

There is much to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it touches on a number of themes worthy of further exploration. Astonishing visuals do a lot of narrative heavy lifting; the action choreography reveals a lot about the characters and their relationships. Consequently, the film has plenty of opportunities to share what’s on its mind. And apparently, that’s God.Read more…

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Science Corner: Entertaining Lies and Real Truth

It’s not exactly science news, but this item on the role of fiction in engaging the scientific imagination really caught the eye of this science fiction fan. I’m familiar with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Flatland, both of which encode interesting mathematicsRead more…

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Science Corner: Theoretical Tinker Toys

This would normally be my longer end-of-month post, but I’m switching things around during this Lent season. For the following 5 weeks, I’ll be ruminating on the topic of miracles and how they interact with our understanding of nature and science.Read more…

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Science Corner: Dancing in the Sunshine

The second law of thermodynamics gets trotted out all the time, especially in conversations about evolutionary biology. Less familiar are principles of maximum entropy production, which deal specifically with systems that are not in equilibrium (everything the same temperature). Most ofRead more…

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Science in Review — Movie Magic

Hollywood loves the idea of a genius. Amadeus, The Social Network, A Beauiful Mind, to name but a few cinematic portraits of brilliant men, men who apparently have a direct line to the rarified realm of mathematics and music, perhaps evenRead more…