One Year Ago Today…

I walked into this house for the first time. The weather was terrible. It was pouring down rain. In fact, because of the torrential rain, we couldn’t see a thing outside and had no idea of the gorgeous view of the bay. While actually loving a different house better, one in the Berkeley Hills, we bought this one because of… Continue reading

Australia: Day 12 — Blue Sydney & The Birds and Beasts

In a previous post, I mentioned the cool, historic, renovated hotel, built in 1897, at which I’m staying:  Blue Sydney.  The building looks the same on the outside as it always did, a condition of the permit to renovate. The entrance still feels very much like a warehouse, but the rooms are warm and welcoming.  The room in which I’m… Continue reading

"And Man Became A Living Soul"

Craig Venter‘s announcement begins rather matter-of-factly: We’re here today to announce the first synthetic cell—a cell made by starting with the digital code in the computer, building the chromosome from four bottles of chemicals, assembling that chromosome in yeast, transplanting it into a recipient bacterial cell, and transforming that cell into a new bacterial species. This is the first self-replicating… Continue reading