The Ole filter makes another pass...
The University of Suffix has issued a press release, announcing John Maynard Smith, the world renowned "evolutionary biologist", has died. "Maynard Smith was remarkable for the breadth of his contributions to biology, including his radical application of game theory to understanding evolutionary strategies, and his clear definition of the major transitions in the history of life. Maynard Smith was always enthusiastic about new data sources and continued to be a driving force in the use of molecular data to answer biological questions." I first met Dr. Smith's ideas in Richard Dawkins' classic The Selfish Gene. The idea of an Evolutionarily Stable Strategy (ESS) seemed particularly novel; a strategy which remains successful even when competing against itself.
The Scientist has an interesting "First Person" interview with J. Craig Venter. Dr. Venter is best know as the founder of Celera Genomics, the company which contributed so significantly to sequencing the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project. He's also a fascinating guy.
P.Z.Myers, of Pharyngula, has started a blogging series called The Tangled Bank, "in which we highlight weblogs and articles on the broadly defined topics of biology, medicine, and natural history." Planned as a weekly moveable feast, a la the Carnival of the Vanities, this is going to be a great showcase. Check it out!
This is cool; Scientific American has a story about Synthetic Life. "Biologists are crafting libraries of interchangeable DNA parts and assembling them inside microbes to create programmable, living machines." The goal isn't necessarily to create organisms, it is to create genetic machines comprised of "BioBricks". This is going to be big - a cool new way to exploit nanotechnology. Somehow I think John Maynard Smith and Craig Venter would be in favor. (As would P.Z.Myers :)
Think bloggers aren't journalists? Then check out this post about the South Dakota senatorial race. I don't have a rooting interest regarding Daschle v. Thune, but I am definitely a fan of this kind of reporting, which is critical to the democratic process. Excellent stuff.
There's been all this news about the pending Google IPO. I'm on record already - it is not going to be a huge success. I'm sorry, Google is a great service, but the company doesn't have an eBay-like business model (or even a PayPal-like business model).