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Poison helping to develop life?

Formaldehyde has many industrial uses–in particle board, plywood, carpet, and adhesives, to name just a few.  Formaldehyde is toxic to life–the reason that it’s used as a disinfectant–and the reason that many countries have banned the use of formaldehyde in furniture and housing materials. But formaldehyde may well have formed the basis for life in […]

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Thinking like a scientist

Nearly every day, newspapers report on new scientific breakthroughs.  Scientists provide measures of their uncertainty in the results, expressed as a p-value. The p-value is a statistical measure of the randomness of the results; a lower p-value indicates that the reported result is not likely due to chance.  In scientific studies, a p-value of 0.05 […]

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