Monday, August 30, 2010
Apple Genome Sequenced
Labels: apple malus dometisca
I must say that Art's love of "Sooner and later..." is curious, though not captivating.
I find apples a bit acidy for happy digestion - being a pear man myself.
It's difficult for scientists to write articles intended for the lay audience. Difficult, but not impossible. You can likely count the number of living and dead scientific authors on both hands though. Four who come to mind are Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Carl Sagan, and Steven J. Gould, and they are now deceased. One could argue that Clarke was more of a science fiction author, but he did more to inspire future scientists through his science educational TV shows and his fiction than many scientists.
Alas, the war on ignorance is being lost as we speak however. People would rather prefer to be ignorant than educated and learned. There are some people who are gifted with intelligence even if they aren't schooled, but those people are rare. There are far more who are educated and schooled who quickly forget everything they learned, or who never learned anything at all in college. Worse still, are those who retain their educations, but use their knowledge to lie and cheat to get ahead at any cost.
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