How to engineer biology. 

Vijay Pande, partner at a16z, published this post in Scientific American explaining how we’re moving from pure discovery to a more structured engineering approach for biological. “With design, however, we can plan and progress very…

Science is getting less bang for its buck. 

Researchers Patrick Collison and Michael Nielsen ran a survey of scientists to conclude: “Over the past century, we’ve vastly increased the time and money invested in science, but in scientists’ own judgement, we’re producing the…

Cold weather & common colds. 

A few years ago, researchers found a link between cold temperature and decreased cellular immune response. The underlying study is interesting, though maybe not directly related to how we think about cold. They showed that…

AI shows fibromyalgia is a real disease. 

Interesting to note that we can now detect via brain scans that which no other test could confirm. What happens next? “Artificial intelligence can now decode the brain signature for fibromyalgia—providing a definitive, objective sign…

AI reads eye scans as well as humans. 

“Doctors at a U.K. eye hospital are getting algorithmic help interpreting the results of 3D eye scans, using a system developed at Google’s DeepMind that can identify more than 50 eye problems and recommend a…