Science and Society

Why I’m Voting Yes on Prop 1

Oct 25th, 2007 | By | Category: Transit

Proposition 1, the combined Roads-and-Transit package for metropolitan Seattle, provides a real conundrum for me. The sentiment in the Stranger’s ‘no’ endorsement rings pretty true to me: After road proponents realized they didn’t have voter support for a stand-alone roads package (a major roads-expansion proposal died at the polls in 2002), legislators in Olympia linked […]



Sputnik’ed Response

Oct 4th, 2007 | By | Category: Public Service

Sputnik orbited fifty years ago today–a tremendous accomplishment. But, let’s not mistake the meaning here. The Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite was both a fantastic technical achievement and a profound threat. If the Soviets could launch a new moon they could also hurl an atomic bomb across the globe. In the context […]



Elusive Competence

Aug 19th, 2007 | By | Category: Public Service

Last night I got around to watching No End in Sight, the interesting if flawed documentary on the unraveling of the Iraq war. The pieces the documentary presents are nothing new: A rush to war, minimal plans for the aftermath, too few troops, no martial law, looting, imperial rule, de-Ba’athification, disbanding of the Iraqi military, […]



Open Letter to John Solomon

Aug 16th, 2007 | By | Category: Crappy Science Reporting

Dear John, On the Washington Post’s election blog, you managed to make an ass of yourself. Many religious conservatives, including President Bush, oppose the scientific use of embryonic stem cells because the cells often come from aborted fetuses. (emphasis added) This is objectively false. Many religious conservatives, including President Bush, oppose the scientific use of […]



Incubator Space

Aug 12th, 2007 | By | Category: Response to Critique, South Lake Union

So, let’s say I woke up this morning with a great idea to deal with three critical problems in embryonic stem cell therapies with one tidy little trick. Could I found a company in Lake Union? In Seattle? In the region? Finding a vacant warehouse, sweeping out the rats and installing some desks won’t cut […]



Building Biotech In Seattle

Aug 11th, 2007 | By | Category: South Lake Union

Should Seattle be a center for biotech? “At South Lake Union, we are building a center of excellence in life sciences,” says the mayor. Vulcan has voraciously devoured tax and zoning breaks in the name of biotech in Seattle. Will it work? Tremendous potential exists in Seattle. Last year the university pulled in over a […]