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Home Computers Increase the Digital Divide

Computing is becoming ubiquitous in education, College students need to have a computer and many K-12 schools are starting to hand them out to students as well.

How The Gray Wolf Turned Black

Jon HerronMy previous post concerned an apparently beneficial genetic variant, common in modern humans, that some researchers suspect we picked up via sex with Neanderthals.

Sex, Microcephalin, and Neanderthals

Jon HerronThe publication last month of a draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome stoked quite a bit of excitement, much of it over the question of whether Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans ever indulged in hanky-panky. The query I want to focus on here is more specific. It concerns how modern humans acquired a particular allele for a particular gene. Did we get it from a Neanderthal during a romantic evening?

Scientific collaboration at different scales

Science is becoming more collaborative over time, and one trend in science education is to try and reflect that cultural change in the classroom. An essay in a recent issue of Nature (March 25, 2010) got me thinking about how the culture of scientific collaboration is not uniform, and what that means for our choice in the classroom.


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