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PLOS blogs: Diverse perspectives on science and medicine

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PLOS blogs: Diverse perspectives on science and medicine

Topics include Biology, Life Sciences, Earth, Environmental, Multi-disciplinary sciences, Medicine, Health

The site is home to blogs that cover a variety of scientific topics. The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher of peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journals. Besides blogs written by its staff members, it hosts independent blogs written by scientists. The result is information about everything from genomics to scientific controversies, biology to paleontology.

Often, the blogs tie current events to science. In geneticist Ricki Lewis’s DNA Science Blog, for example, the recent anniversary of Kristallnacht is explored through the lens of genomics. She discusses how the Holocaust and other anti-Semitic events created population bottlenecks that can be detected in the DNA of people with Ashkenazi ancestry.

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12 life lessons from the mind of Stephen Hawking

"Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up."

"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge. I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."

"If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away."

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."

"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."

"It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love."

"People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."

"People who boast about their IQ are losers."

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet."

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet."

"While there’s life, there is hope."

As Hawking told NASA Space Station astronauts in 2014, we wish the same for him: "May you keep flying like superman in microgravity."

Irresponsible Science

"Sir Martin Rees is one of the world's distinguished astronomers... in 2003... warned that a new genre of high-risk scientific experiments and pursuits threatened the very existence of life on Earth...

"He pointed to the project begun at the Brookhaven Laboratory on Long Island in 2000. Physicists there are using a particle accelerator to attempt to create a "quark-gluon plasma," a hot soup of dense subatomic materials that replicate conditions believed to exist at the time the "big bang" gave birth to the cosmos more than 13.7 billin years ago. Some scientists worry that a high concentration of energy of the type being pursued at Brookhaven could conceivably lead to three doomsday outcomes. A black hole might form... [and] "suck in everything around it." It is also possible that quark particles could form a compressed object known as a "stranglet," which is "far smaller than a single atom" but could "infect" surrounding matter and "transform the entire planet Earth into an inert hyperdense sphere about one hundred metres across." Or even worse, the subatomic forces of space itself could be transformed by the experiment. If that were to happen, the effect might be to "rip the fabric of space itself." The result, warns Rees, could be that "the boundary of the new-style vacuum would spread like an expanding bubble," eventually devouring the entire universe...

"Rees goes on to warn of a number of current experimental pursuits that pose the threat of disastrous consequences for life on Earth, including the construction of small nanobots that replicate like viruses and that could race out of control, devouring matter and turning the Earth's surface to a "gray goo." Rees worries about similar threats posed by genetic engineering and computer technology--especially as knowledge in the high-tech fields spreads, increasing the likelihood that someone will, by accident or intent, cause irrevocable harm" (315-317)...

"Europe is beginning to diverge, in a fundamental way, from the American approach to science and technology...

"The European Union is forging ahead on a wide regulatory front...

"...controls on chemicals to mitigate toxic impacts on the environment and himan and animal health...

"The REACH system--which stands for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals--requires the companies to conduct safety and environmental tests to prove that the products they are producing are safe...

"The European Union's regulatory approach, in stark contrast [to the US], is designed to prevent harm before it occurs...

"What's changed... risks of all kinds are now global in scale, open-ended in duration, incalculable in their consequences...

"..."the precautionary principle"... has become the centerpiece of EU regulatory policy"(315-327)...


The Precautionary Principle

"...a proposed experiment, or technology applicatin, or product introduction is subject to review and even suspension in "cases where scientific evidence is insufficient, inconclusive or uncertain and preliminary scientific evaluation indicates that there are reasonable grounds for concern that the potentially dangerous effects on the environment, human, animal, or plant health, may be inconsistent with the high level of protection chosen by the EU"... allowing regulatory authorities to err on the side of safety" (Jeremy Rifkin. The European Dream. p. 327)...

"Why is science in the media so often pointless, simplistic, boring or just plain wrong? Like a proper little Darwin, I've been collecting specimens, making careful observations, and now I'm ready to present my theory. It is my hypothesis that in their choice of stories, and the way they cover them, the media create a parody of science, for their own means. They then attack this parody as if they were critiquing science.

"Science stories usually fall into three families: wacky stories, scare stories and "breakthrough" stories...

"[the bogus stories] help perform a crucial function for the media, which is selling the reader to their advertisers...

"And last, in our brief taxonomy, is the media obsession with "New breakthroughs": a more subtly destructive category of science story. It's quite understandable that newspapers should feel it's their job to write about new stuff. But in the aggregate these stories sell the idea that science, and indeed the whole emperical world view, is only about tenuous, new, hotly contested data. Articles about robustly supported emerging ideas would be more stimulating, of course, than most single experimental results, and these themes are the real developments in science. But they emerge over months and several bits of evidence, not single rejiggable press releases. Often, a front-page science story will emerge from a press release alone, and the formal academic paper may never appear, or appear much later, and then not even show what the press reports claimed it would.

"Scientists never said that tenuous small findings were headline news--journalists did...

"The central theme: there is no useful information in most science stories.

"Remember all those stories about the danger of mobile phones? I must have read 15 newspaper articles on the subject in a single week. Not one told me what the experiment flagging up the danger was. What was the exposure, the measured outcome, was it human or animal data? Figures? Nothing.

"Why? Because papers think you won't understand the "science bit", all stories involving science must be dumbed down...

"Nobody dumbs down the finance pages.

"So how do the media work around their inability to deliver scientific evidence? They use authority figures, the very antithesis of what science is about, as if they were priests, or politicians, or parent figures. And if they want balance, you'll get two scientists disagreeing, although with no explanation of why" (Ben Goldacre. "''t dumb me down." Guardian Weekly, Sep. 16, 2005: 19).

News [latest first]

Scientists Observe Gravitational Anomaly on Earth

Weyl semimetals, similar to 3-D graphene creation of electric current a fundamental effect in a crystal that had been previously only thought to be observable in the deep universe. discovered it also exists on Earth in the properties of solid state physics, which much of the computing industry is based on, spanning from tiny transistors to cloud data centers.

“We can now build novel solid-state devices based on this anomaly that have never been considered before to potentially circumvent some of the problems inherent in classical electronic devices, such as transistors.”

IBM scientists predict this discovery will open up a rush of new developments around sensors, switches and thermoelectric coolers or energy-harvesting devices, for improved power consumption.


Stephen Hawking Predicts, “This Pill Will Change Humanity" Breaking news:

Harvard Study Shows Brain Boosting “Smart Drug” Proven To Double IQ Is The Biggest Discovery In History

Recently Hawking made some comments in an interview with Anderson Cooper about a brain booster that would become the biggest event in human history

Stephen Hawking credits his ability to function with maintained focused on such a high level to a certain set of “smart drugs” that enhance cognitive brain function and neural connectivity, while strengthening the prefrontal cortex and boosting memory and recall.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Stephen Hawking said that his brain is sharper than ever, clearer and focused and he credits a large part to using Neurofuse Hawking went on to add “The brain is like a muscle, you must work it out and use supplements just like body builders use, but for your brain, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing to enhance my mental capabilities”.

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Everyone that has taken this, from athletes like Tom Brady to musicians like Kanye West have nothing but praise for the brain booster, which doubles IQ, skyrockets energy levels and connects areas of the brain not previously connected. Neurofuse works so well for these guys, we had to ask... Is it safe?

After numerous rounds of testing results were astonishing. One test subject was quoted as saying:

“As soon as I took it started working within minutes of taking it. All of a sudden, it felt like a dark cloud had been lifted up from in front of me. I was more alert, more focused, had long lasting energy, and experienced a mental clarity that I’d never felt before” – Ben Lishger Harvard Sophomore."

The Lead Researcher on the team Dr.Rosenhouse gave us an exclusive inside look at the ingredients that make up this revolutionary smart drug:

“It is engineered with all the ingredients containing vitamins and essentials that your brain needs to ensure improvement in all aspects of cognitive growth, while including short and long term memory, focus, energy, problem solving capabilities and total brain performance.

We are all very grateful to have this now, as I believe it can help everyone on the planet and take us to the next stage of evolution. We’re very proud."

Genius Steven Hawkings has Admitted To Using Neurofuse To Triple His Memory.

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