By Ted Anton
Technological know-how is at a crossroads. chilly War-era effortless cash for grand-scale tasks has develop into a specific thing of the earlier. And but, during this new setting, technological know-how appears to be like reinvigorating itself, relocating clear of a very really good, bureaucratic approach to a extra streamlined, multidisciplinary process. In a couple of fields, cutting edge groups led by means of proficient researchers are combining resourceful equipment with reasonably cheap instruments to chip away on the formerly impenetrable secrets and techniques of the physique, the brain, the planet, and the universe. within the strategy, they're demonstrating an identical type of encouraged force towards discovery that led Galileo to invent the telescope. daring technology examines this "scientific new wave" through profiling the paintings of a few impressive researchers: gene hunter Craig Venter, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, astronomer Geoffrey Marcy, immunologist Polly Matzinger, cosmologist Saul Perlmutter, ecologist Gretchen day-by-day, and evolutionist Carl Woese. Headstrong, iconoclastic, visionary, those scientists have risen to the pinnacles in their fields at a pivotal moment-and are generating striking breakthroughs with daring, occasionally arguable equipment. In exploring their clinical lives and occasions, daring technology indicates readers why we're on the dawning of a brand new period of realizing ourselves and our universe.
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Greenfield joined an adventurous group of women who clamored in argument over cheap bottles of wine on the dormitory steps on winter evenings. In the evening, students and faculty rode by on bicycles on the cobblestone streets as the smell of dried leaves and dinners rose in the air. Their traditional black gowns billowed in the dark over hooded sweatshirts and jeans. < previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 Finding philosophy at Oxford too linguistic, she approached Jane Mellanby about psychology.
She fed on the delight of curious minds that did not take themselves too seriously. While the audience for such fun, and creative, mulling about science had been there as long as science, electronic outlets were exploding. Greenfield suddenly became perfect for her historical moment. In 1989 her fellow English researcher Stephen Hawking, having labored a long time to produce the beautiful if somewhat unintelligible book called A Brief History of Time, saw it < previous page page_44 next page > < previous page page_45 next page > Page 45 become a huge international bestseller.
But three days later, a press conference was called to announce the formation of Celera to pursue the human genome in competition with the government's consortium of eight universities and the Sanger Center in England. Collins appeared on the panel, looking uncomfortable. "I don't think these two efforts will compete," he said gamely. " Indeed many critics were claiming that Venter's approach was too fast, too haphazard, to get an accurate genome. Venter countered that Celera's genome, made with what was described as a "HAL-size computer," would be even more accurate than the government version.