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The War on Science

"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."
Carl Sagan's words still ring true. Back in 1600, Italian astronomer Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake for saying that the Earth was not at the centre of the Universe. Things haven't changed that much. Despite all the scientific evidence, people still reject vaccinations. Climate change is met with skepticism even though 97% of climate scientists agree that humans contribute to it. How do we change this? Science funding is at an all time low. Did you know that the US bank bailout cost more than NASA's entire 50 year budget? Watch the video to see how science is being eroded and what you can do about it. 
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I believe myself to be very scientific.  However, when the gov't or big business gets involved in science, they use there money and influence to distort it. Science has a place, but do not elevate it to something it is not.
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Pantelis Rodis

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Is our universe computable?
Can we simulate a part or the whole of the universe in a computer?
An opinion about this on going debate.
The computable universe hypothesis, states that every operation and phenomenon in the universe is computable. So if you can describe all the phenomena in state s1 of some part of the universe (or of the whole universe), then ...
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Another physicist, Luboš Motl, disagrees strongly with the piece by Krauss that I linked. Motl calls Krauss names for being so wrong, and more to the point Motl says that string theory already is a TOE that works at all scales and is determined by its mathematics, is not arbitrary, hasn't changed in its definition, and keeps matching empirical results as more of the mathematical consequences of it are discovered.'

So, if string theory (type IIA, the same string theory since the 1970s according to Motl) is the true TOE, is it computable? I don't know.
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#FeatureFriday : Back to the Future: Submit Your Collection!

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#FeatureFriday: Back to the Future

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Neuroscience News

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Lack of D1 Receptors Results in Slowed Movement in Parkinson's Patients

Dopamine transmission mediated by D1 receptors is essential for information flow through the basal ganglia to control movements.

The research is in Cerebral Cortex. (full access paywall)
A new study reveals a lack of dopamine transmission via D1 receptors disrupts information flow in the basal ganglia and can cause difficulty in initiating voluntary movements for Parkinson's patients.
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Carmen Drahl

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All about the three kinds of DNA damage repair that won this year's #nobelprize  in chemistry. An important consideration: These three are by no means the only ways to fix DNA in the body. Many great discoveries in this field weren't awarded the prize (earlier this year 2 different researchers won the Lasker Award, an award considered a harbinger for a Nobel).
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to a trio of scientists who unraveled
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Çok degerli bilim insani Aziz Sancar 'a tebrik ve tesekkurler ulusumuzu gururlandi.
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Brain Psychology

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What do we still not understand about the brain?

The problem of consciousness. Why does it feel like something when your brain’s running in a particular way? In deep sleep, it doesn’t feel like anything. As soon as you wake up, your consciousness flickers to life and you think oh, here I am. How you build consciousness out of physical pieces and parts is an unsolved mystery. Now we know these are related because if you change the physical part—put in alcohol, get brain damage—you change the consciousness. So somehow your consciousness depends on the physical, but what we don’t know is how that world arises from the physical.

Maybe in the year 3000…

#BrainPsychology   #brain  
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Colin MacRae

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From the article: 'Many studies trumpet the positive effects of oxytocin. The hormone facilitates bonding, increases trust and promotes altruism. Such findings earned oxytocin its famous nickname, the “love hormone.” But more recent research has shown oxytocin has a darker side, too: it can increase aggression, risk taking and prejudice. A new analysis of this large body of work reveals that oxytocin's effects on our brain and behavior actually look a lot like another substance that can cut both ways: alcohol.'

While this seems reasonable, we need to be very careful of the results. Since 2004, scientists have favoured commercial products to measure oxytocin. Whilst more convenient than older methods, testing has revealed that they lack reliability when used on unextracted samples. This has led to 'estimates that are wildly discrepant with an extensive body of earlier findings that were obtained using methods that are well validated' [1]. Compounding the issue, 'Many of the social scientists who are studying oxytocin have decided that they can skip [extraction]' [2]. As a result, there is a huge amount of scientific literature on the role of oxytocin on human behaviour that simply can't be trusted.

[1] The Trouble with Oxytocin, Part II: Extracting the Truth from Oxytocin Research -

[2] _Problems with measuring peripheral oxytocin: Can the data on oxytocin and
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Oxytocin, known as the “love hormone,” has a dark side—and it looks like alcohol intoxication
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The giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world. But is its neck and circulatory system, as creationists say, too complex to have evolved and must have been designed? Let's take a look at how legitimate these claims really are.
All sources are in the description box. 
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It's an interesting video but it would be better if he got arteries and veins correct. At the 3:40 mark he says that veins carry oxygenated blood and arteries the opposite. He throws around a lot of scientific terms but gets one you learn in elemtrary school wrong.
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As Douglas Adams say, 42 is the answer to life, the Universe and everything. But I can disagree with that, let me show you why.

The real answer is, 69. The supercomputer that calculated the answer of everything is not really true, 69 is the answer. Why? The number 6 represents the six basic elements: matter, energy, gravity, mass, atoms and cellular life. 9 represents the potato of life, which is actually a 'p' flipped.

(I don't know if you guys can get this joke.)
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please view my latest project and share if you like, many thanks.
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Jenna Marston

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Soil is pretty cool when you think about it. #MoreThanDirt
#Plant breeding has been making our #crops more productive and nutritious since the beginning of #agriculture. Now, scientists are looking at soil microbiomes as a new way to improve plant growth.

Humans have been breeding crops until they're bigger and more nutritious since the early days of agriculture, but genetic manipulation isn't the only way to give plants a boost. Integrative biologists now present how it is possible to engineer the plant soil microbiome to improve plant growth. These artificially selected microbiomes, which can also be selected in animals, can then be passed on from parents to offspring.
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My daughter likes to keep bugs. If we put a bug in a jar with leaves and flowers, it molds. If we add dirt first, it will last a long time without molding. Very interesting.
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Shashank Bhardwaj

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The magnetic wormhole renders magnetic fields invisible within a certain area, and is therefore not an entirely accurate description of the term. Nevertheless, it's been achieved. 
General Relativity allows wormholes as a possibility. But no one's observed one so far. But within labs here on earth, we've managed to create 'magnetic' ones.
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when you are in a tunnel, that renders you invisible, are you actually travelling through a wormhole?? no? well, then I would say the title is a bit misleading.
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ULg Reflexions

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#cryotherapy could be a risk-free and affordable solution to fight #cervical   #cancer more effectively. A research lead at the +Université de Liège (ULg)   and published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. Popularized article :
Original publication :
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A team of scientists from University of Illinois (at Chicago) and a research group in Hungary, have done their best to gauge of equivalency of AI to humans. The result showed that the AI scored the equivalent of a WPPSI-III VIQ, which is the standard IQ for a four-year old child, but lower than 6 to 7 years old children. As for the AI system in question here, the researchers used an open-source project called ConceptNet, which is being developed by MIT Common Sense Computing Initiative since 1990.
An AI called ConceptNet, shows the 'human' IQ of an average four-year old child - after testing by scientists from University of Illinois.
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That will change exponentially within 20 years. 
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Massimo Luciani

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Two articles were just published in the journal “Nature Communications” about Homo naledi's hands and feet. This comes just a few weeks after the announcement of the discovery of this species of hominids.
A blog about technologies, sports, books and other stuff, especially science fiction
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