@bjarmson: Perhaps I'm cynical, but I've always thought Wash died because the ensemble cast of Firefly was too large for a series of movies, and of all the roles on the ship that River could have grown into as a replacement, pilot made the most sense. » 7/22/08 5:07pm 7/22/08 5:07pm

Where Is My Hypospray?

Welcome to Ask a Biogeek, a column where you ask UC Berkeley researcher Terry Johnson any question you want — no matter how weird.
Reader Mairi proxies the following question: My mom wants to know when we're going to get needle-less, painless injections.
While I personally covet the medical tricorder, I would almost… » 7/17/08 9:00am 7/17/08 9:00am

Can a Video Game Teach Evolution?

Last week Electronic Arts was kind enough to invite me to a demonstration of Spore's creature creator. A few days ago, we told you about Spore, a video game that challenges you to guide a single cell on the bottom of the evolutionary ladder out of the ocean and into civilization. (Here you can see my creature, … » 6/19/08 9:00am 6/19/08 9:00am