But There's a Price To Pay
Has civility taken a back seat to outrage and anger? I've never been involved in politics, no do I have an interest in starting now, but it's certainly hard not to notice the heightened emotions reported by the media. Are "news organizations" partly (or largely) responsible, in this age of data-driven commerce. Outrageous headlines get more clicks, which get more ad revenue, a simple, measurable, and compelling formula for explaining what's going on... at least to me. And unfortunately, Shifty experienced it firsthand!
Who Might Benefit From A New Brain?
Organoids are tiny clusters of cells derived from stem cells. The Harvard Stem Cell Institute has an informative news article about organoids here. Science is clearly nowhere near being able to transplant a fully functional brain to replace what we have, but organoids will likely prove instrumental in being able to broaden the study of brain disease.
But Food Will Be Cheaper...
Max and Finn's mom won't let them eat GMO foods. She's just not convinced the FDA has required enough studies to prove they're safe. She's a big believer in locally grown produce and buys organic as much as possible!
Why have many countries, particularly in Europe, banned GMO's? Do their scientists know something we don't? Spending a bit of time with Dr. Google might reveal some interesting information.
A Higher Biomass
This strip was inspired by news that scientists have engineered a biochemical shortcut for the energy-expensive process known as photorespiration, published in the journal Science, and reported here. It has the potential for increasing crop yields by 40%.
Can Robots Be Bad For Society?
In this strip, I introduce 2 new characters to the Think Shop Family, Lefty and Shifty, lab mice who will complement kid scientists Max, Finn, Landon, and Penelope in their journey of scientific inquiry and self-discovery. I look forward to developing their little personalities.
Penelope Asks Finn Out
This comic strip was just published in the February Issue of Story Monsters Ink, a must-have literary resource for teachers, librarians, and parents, and required reading for its insightful interviews, book reviews, and the always thoughtful monthly column by acclaimed author James Patterson!
As for the strip, Penelope's gestures are unquestionable, she likes Finn. But he doesn't reciprocate. Is he purposefully avoiding Penelope's moves, or is he just oblivious?
It's Finally Here
I have no problems with business education... I took business classes myself. Personally, I think science is where it's at. Scientific research has accounted for the most profound improvements in the human condition. Science, technology, and mathematics reveal how the natural world works. Engineering helps translate this knowledge into practical, and sometimes life-saving uses. There's no equivalent in the business world, with the possible exception of financial engineering, and we all know how deeply exceptional that's turned out. Creating money out of thin air... yippee ki-yay!