Category Archives: NASA

Quote of the Day: The Mars Curiosity Edition

Ed at Gin and Tacos marvels that we were able to land machines that worked for six years on Mars using late 1960s technology: It’s great that people are interested in the space program and I’m sure the entire MSL … Continue reading

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Sequestration and Science Funding

I’ve written before about sequestration, the automatic cuts that the Republicans forced through during the debt ceiling hike fiasco (by the way, Republicans are now crapping their pants about sequestration since it’s not just targeting those people hitting programs they … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Funding, NASA, NIH, NSF | 1 Comment

We Can Afford Rockets and Butter

I like science blogger Ethan Siegel: anyone who shaves his head for charity is a-ok in my book. But I have to disagree with the premise of his post “With All The Suffering in the World, Why Invest in Science? … Continue reading

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I, For One, Welcome Our Gammaproteobacterial Arsenic-Using Overlords: Why Old School Microbiology Still Matter

This paper demonstrates the need for culturing organisms. That’s something we should emphasize when we train students and post-docs.
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Posted in Aliens! I Seen 'Em!, E. coli, Ecology, Genomics, Microbiology, Microbiome, NASA, News Media

Could We Still Put a Man on the Moon?

We would have to do a lot of reverse engineering.
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The Stimulus: Better Than It Looked…

Could have been worse.
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Posted in Funding, NASA, NIH, NSF

It Looks Like Science Will Be Well Stimulated

Not too shabby.
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Posted in Funding, NASA, NIH, NSF | 2 Comments