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Daniel Bastian
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When science and art collaborate, we all benefit. Fire up your imagination with these creative presentations of science.
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"Dr. Sacks depicted such people not as scientific curiosities but as individuals who become as real to us as characters by Chekhov (another doctor who wrote with uncommon empathy and insight). He was concerned with the impact that his patients’ neurological disorders had on their day-to-day routines, their relationships and their inner lives. His case studies became literary narratives as dramatic, richly detailed and compelling as those by Freud and Luria — stories that underscored not the marginality of his patients’ experiences, but their part in the shared human endeavor and the flux and contingencies of life."
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On the fundamental conflict between the pharmaceutics industry and timely response to intermittent epidemics.

"Vaccines are one of the great triumphs of science, but the way that modern medicine functions makes it hard to develop new ones. “That model doesn’t work,” said Dr. Hotez. “It hasn’t worked for decades, and it was really brought home with Ebola.”
Waiting to develop a vaccine until an epidemic is raging means waiting too long for it to be proved safe and effective, say scientists who are proposing a global vaccine fund.
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These next few months are absolutely pivotal for our future and the course of our global civilization. How can you help? Write your Congressmen/women. Tell them that as the highest per capita emitters, the U.S. must be a leading voice and a key actor in mitigating climate change by making substantive commitments to a sustainable future.

"In the lead-up to Paris, each country has been asked to submit a plan outlining how and by how much it will reduce its carbon output—or, to use the Saudis’ preferred term, its emissions. The plans are known as “intended nationally determined contributions”—in U.N.-speak, I.N.D.C.s. The whole approach has been labelled “bottom up,” which, by implication, makes previous efforts to cut carbon—in particular, the Kyoto Protocol—“top down.”
“I’m very comfortable with the word ‘revolution,’ ” Figueres said. Credit Illustration by Ben Wiseman
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"Pope Francis may have soaked up headlines earlier this summer when he published a whopping 192-page encyclical on climate change, but this week Muslims issued a declaration that could influence an even larger population than the Catholic decree. The declaration, announced Tuesday as part of the two-day International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul, further exemplifies the trend of faith-based climate activism ahead of the U.N. climate change summit in December."
Muslims add their voice to the growing cry for faith-based climate change activism.
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Outstanding review of Silberman's soon to be released book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

"The autism pandemic, in other words, is an optical illusion, one brought about by an original sin of diagnostic parsimony. The implications here are staggering: Had the definition included Asperger’s original, expansive vision, it’s quite possible we wouldn’t have been hunting for environmental causes or pointing our fingers at anxious parents."
A science journalist’s reading of medical history suggests that the “autism pandemic” is an optical illusion.
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Climate scientists respond to Charles Koch's interview with The Washington Post.
Scientists review rare climate science statement by petrochemical billionaire and Republican activist Charles Koch
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Yes, yes, yes.

"We will look at who is getting the subsidies and who is doing the lobbying. We will name the worst polluters and find out who still funds them. We will urge enlightened trusts, investment specialists, universities, pension funds and businesses to take their money away from the companies posing the biggest risk to us. And, because people are rightly bound to ask, we will report on how the Guardian Media Group itself is getting to grips with the issues."
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More fascinating examples of mimicry in nature.

"But mimicry has revealed a puzzle at its heart: Time and again, scientists find examples of overkill. Animals don’t seem to get an extra benefit from making their disguises more elaborate."
Many animals make elaborate disguises to save themselves from predators. And the disguises often seem to be better than they need to be.
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More coverage of Silberman's new book on autism. This one's an interview by Carl Zimmer.

"That had huge effects on the history of autism. Autistic children were dumped in state institutions. They did very badly, and that became what people thought was the natural course of autism. Being diagnosed with autism was considered a fate worse than death. Autistic people became invisible—not only because the kids were in institutions but also because the parents were being blamed for having caused the disorder."
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The longer vested interests can sow doubt, the longer those vested interests can forestall the economic impacts of science-based policy. Monetarily motivated denial is front and center in all of the confusionist campaigns to date—from the dangers of smoking, acid rain, ozone depletion and DDT to climate change—all of which is chillingly chronicled in Naomi Oreskes' classic book Merchants of Doubt.
 
It is often said by those disputing the science that we should look to possible motives scientists might have in disseminating faulty climate science. First, this neglects the fact that science is comprised of a global community in which bad eggs and bad data are gradually rooted out, and it overlooks, secondly, that those with the most interest in suppressing the science are the most solvent. The big $ in climate change involves firms, industries and individuals worried that their economic interests will be harmed by policies to SLOW climate change, not the other way around.
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"But when [John White] stepped ashore on August 18, 1590, he found the settlement looted and abandoned. The vanished colonists had left behind only two clues to their whereabouts: the word “Croatoan” carved on a prominent post and “Cro” etched into a tree.

"Ever since, explorers, historians, archaeologists, and enthusiasts have sought to discover the fate of the 115 men, women, and children who were part of England’s first attempt to settle the New World."
Artifacts suggest some members of ill-fated English settlement survived and assimilated with Native Americans.
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Informed Citizen. Savvy Conversationalist. Knowledge Hound. Autodidact. Information Distiller. Fluent in science, technology and religion. Vanguard of truth. I like to debunk 'bunk'. Videophile. Audiophile. Purist.

I am an active Google+ user who contributes a good amount of original content. You'll also find I am not a fan simply resharing articles and will typically preface with additional insight to add value for my followers.

You can stay connected with me here and through my website, where science, technology, the web and a relentless artillery of thoughts collide in a fury of cerebral pyrotechnics: Waiving Entropy


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    2004 - 2009
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