Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Play to Cure™: Genes in Space is the world’s first free mobile game that uses the collective force of players to analyse real genetic data and help beat cancer sooner.

The game

The mission of Genes in Space is to collect a fictional substance dubbed Element Alpha. This represents genetic cancer data, which might underpin certain types of cancer.

As a recruit of the game’s ‘Bifrost Industries’, your mission is to collect the valuable and tradable substance Element Alpha and rise through the employee ranks by:

  • Mapping your route through the densest areas of Element Alpha.
  • Following your route as you fly through space collecting as much Element Alpha as you can, destroying asteroids along the way.
  • Avoiding and shooting asteroids to get to the next level of Element Alpha collection.
  • Upgrading your ship to become more powerful and trading your Element Alpha for more points.

Download from Apple App Store

Download from Google Play

The science behind the game

The data analysis goes back to our scientists at two key points:

  • firstly when you map your route through the Element Alpha
  • secondly when you fly your spaceship through the intergalactic space course to collect this substance.

By playing Genes in Space you’ll be analysing significant amounts of genetic data which would have taken scientists hours to do. This data can then be used to develop new life saving treatments.

Monday, November 25, 2013 Sunday, November 4, 2012
Just when I think I can’t love the members of Starkid any more - this is the article he linked to:

Climate Change and the Integrity of Science
We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action. For a problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change, taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet.
Read the rest ->

Just when I think I can’t love the members of Starkid any more - this is the article he linked to:

Climate Change and the Integrity of Science

We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action. For a problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change, taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet.

Read the rest ->

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tell me again how NASA funding doesn’t have any real world impact.

(Source: seriouslyamerica)

Monday, July 23, 2012
religiousragings:

ca-thar-sis:

mohandasgandhi:

sagansense:

Bill Nye to CNN: “The two sides aren’t equal’ on climate change
Science educator Bill Nye on Monday told CNN that they weren’t doing the public any favors by giving climate change deniers equal airtime because ‘the two sides aren’t equal.”
“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”
“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”
The Washington Post noted on Sunday that scientists had been warning for years that because of warming weather and severe droughts, Colorado’s “table was set” for monster wildfires like the ones currently sweeping through the state.
“It is because of the heat ultimately,” Nye told Costello. “Just two years ago, it was was wet in Colorado and there was a lot of growth in forests. And then you can say they should have responsibly cleared that growth — it’s a difficult thing. So then two years later when it’s especially dry and the forest flora gets especially dry and then there’s a lightening strike, the fire is that much more intense than it would have been.”
“But the people who are politicizing this issue, they seem to be winning because not much is being done on the issue of climate change,” Costello pointed out.
“If you’re a voter consider taking the environment into account as well as the economy,” Nye advised. “I think the two candidates running for president right now have different views about the validity, for example, of science and the importance of it and what you would do about climate change in the coming years.”
“We in the science education community chip away at this problem all the time. We have an enormous population of people in the United States that don’t believe in evolution, the fundamental idea in all of life science. It would be like saying, I don’t believe in earthquakes or something. The analogies are disturbing.”
Earlier this year, a Media Matters analysis determined that coverage of climate change had dropped by 80 percent on U.S. broadcast networks between 2008 and 2011.
Watch this video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast July 2, 2012.

Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

Bill <3 still sporting those bowties like a mothafuckin’ boss.

I wonder how many conservatives are trash talking Bill Nye now.  I’m sure that doing this won’t do much to help their cause.

religiousragings:

ca-thar-sis:

mohandasgandhi:

sagansense:

Bill Nye to CNN: “The two sides aren’t equal’ on climate change

Science educator Bill Nye on Monday told CNN that they weren’t doing the public any favors by giving climate change deniers equal airtime because ‘the two sides aren’t equal.”

“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”

“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”

The Washington Post noted on Sunday that scientists had been warning for years that because of warming weather and severe droughts, Colorado’s “table was set” for monster wildfires like the ones currently sweeping through the state.

“It is because of the heat ultimately,” Nye told Costello. “Just two years ago, it was was wet in Colorado and there was a lot of growth in forests. And then you can say they should have responsibly cleared that growth — it’s a difficult thing. So then two years later when it’s especially dry and the forest flora gets especially dry and then there’s a lightening strike, the fire is that much more intense than it would have been.”

“But the people who are politicizing this issue, they seem to be winning because not much is being done on the issue of climate change,” Costello pointed out.

“If you’re a voter consider taking the environment into account as well as the economy,” Nye advised. “I think the two candidates running for president right now have different views about the validity, for example, of science and the importance of it and what you would do about climate change in the coming years.”

“We in the science education community chip away at this problem all the time. We have an enormous population of people in the United States that don’t believe in evolution, the fundamental idea in all of life science. It would be like saying, I don’t believe in earthquakes or something. The analogies are disturbing.”

Earlier this year, a Media Matters analysis determined that coverage of climate change had dropped by 80 percent on U.S. broadcast networks between 2008 and 2011.

Watch this video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast July 2, 2012.

Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

Bill <3 still sporting those bowties like a mothafuckin’ boss.

I wonder how many conservatives are trash talking Bill Nye now.  I’m sure that doing this won’t do much to help their cause.

Monday, May 14, 2012
sciencepopularis:

Linus Pauling - Statistically significant social skills

sciencepopularis:

Linus Pauling - Statistically significant social skills

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Sunday, April 8, 2012
This is sometimes justified as “the marketplace of ideas,” but that’s a myth put out there by those on the political right who are anti-regulation and have seen great benefits from the politicization of the media. They use it to confuse politicians and media executives, similar to the strategy of arguing that debate over evolution or climate change is a good idea. It’s a confusion, again, of knowledge with opinion. There is, in fact, no real “marketplace of ideas” competing for our attention in today’s American news. It’s a marketplace of emotions – and newscasters, forced to compete in the entertainment space, now have to often couch the news using the four horsemen of entertainment – violence, drama, comedy, and sex. The Fairness Doctrine and the war on science (via azspot)
Friday, March 30, 2012 Wednesday, February 22, 2012
religiousragings:

for which now the best answer is a religious one

religiousragings:

for which now the best answer is a religious one