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Confronting stem cell hype

The way science is represented to the public can influence understanding and expectations, frame policy debates, and affect the implementation and use of emerging technologies.

 

 

Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of the Prime Directive

NASA's chief scientist recently announced that "…we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years." Such a discovery would clearly rank as one of the most important in human history and immediately open up a series of complex social and moral questions.

 

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ. Like a colourful quilt laid over the cortex, the atlas displays in rainbow hues how individual words and the concepts they convey can be grouped together in clumps of white matter.

 

'Universe of Wonder, Universe of Life'

Dr Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker.  She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes.

 

AI upgrade from MIT, Northeastern gets NASA robot ready for space

The universities will work with NASA on a research and development project to improve two prototype robots, who could demonstrate humanoid robots' use for space missions.

 
 

What are the odds of other intelligent life in the universe?

What are the odds that intelligent life evolved on Earth and nowhere else among the 20 billion trillion stars in the observable universe across 13.8 billion years of cosmic history?

 

Have you ever seen a three? Mathematics joins the science-religion dialogue

For a scientist and the mathematician, the question of ‘what is real’ is very strongly linked to proof. In his Faraday seminar last month, “Is There a Place at the Science-Religion Table for Mathematics,” the mathematician and philosopher P. Douglas Kindschi, pointed out that proofs are the building blocks of mathematics so, historically, maths has had the strongest claim on what is real. Great scientific and mathematical minds of the past have been quoted saying similar things.

 

A madman dreams of tuning machines

A madman dreams of tuning machines : the story of Joseph Weber, the tragic hero of science who followed Einstein’s vision and pioneered the sound of space-time
 

 

The death of moral relativism

Considered by conservatives to be one of postmodern society’s greatest threats, moral relativism may now be a relic of the past.

 

 

The most detailed map of the Universe ever

The Universe is staggeringly huge. This is where we sit in a map of more than 100,000 galaxies.

 

 

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