Allan Lasser

Co-founder and CTO, Massive Science

I'm an publisher and digital designer. I truly believe the web can be a beautiful place where people use computers to do better, more often, with less.

In 2017, I co-founded of Massive Science to make scientific knowledge more accessible and actionable for everyone.

Before that, between 2014 and 2016, I was the senior designer and lead developer at MuckRock. There, I helped ordinary people make sense of public records and led the top-to-bottom redesign of the platform. As as part of this, I also hunted for the oldest computer in the federal government. I found it at the IRS.

Allan has contributed to 3 reports

Massive Science Report № 3

You Are What You Meat

We worked with scientists in the field to explain how we’re growing meats in labs—and when you can eat them. It's your introduction to the next agricultural revolution.

Massive Science Report № 2

Opening Our Minds

Join five scientists as they explain the research behind new psychedelic treatments for mental illnesses

Massive Science Report № 1

You Don't Know GMOs

We've gathered a team of geneticists, biologists, and environmental scientists to bring you the most up-to-date report on the science, history, and safety of genetically-modified organisms.

Allan has authored 2 articles

After you march for science, we'll help you keep up the cause

Join Massive and support our mission to make science and scientists an important part of society, politics, and culture

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Meet Margaret Hamilton, who established "software engineering" and powered astronauts

Hamilton was a software engineer before the position was even existed—in fact, she's the one who coined the term. She was one of the first people who distinguished software engineering as a legitimate field worthy of respect.

In the 1960s, she led the team that developed the in-flight software for the Apollo missions. Her team's hand-written software played a critical role in landing the astronauts of Apollo 11 on the moon, one of the first times a computer was trusted with the real-time execution of a mission-critical task.

External Link The government shutdown is going to destroy ongoing research

We asked our community whether or not the partial shutdown of the federal government, which has stretched into its second month, was having an impact on their research. One of our members is a former USDA researcher and helped illustrate the consequences of the shutdown on the government's scientific research. They asked to remain anonymous, citing limits on unauthorized statements imposed on scientists by the administration.

When it comes to agriculture research conducted by the USDA, they told us how a shutdown means the living things are not getting regular care. Plant research is often seasonal and so certain experiments need to be done at set seasonal times. If the few personnel allowed on station aren't capable of watering everything. Plants and insect colonies which aren't cared for could die. As a result, year-long projects could be irreparably lost.

Cephalopalooza!

Last month the scientific exploration ship Nautilus has discovered the largest deep-sea octopus nursery, with over 1,000 octopus. 

"We went down the eastern flank of this small hill, and that's when - boom - we just started seeing pockets of dozens here, dozens there, dozens everywhere," King told National Geographic.

It's wonderful to hear the un-self-conscious enthusiasm of these researchers as they discover the nursery.

Follow along with the Nautilus on Twitter and their ship's ongoing livestream.