by Amit Sengupta
THE development of new knowledge is a fascinating exercise. Since humans evolved, they have been driven by curiosity to learn more and more about nature. Over time the knowledge accumulated came to be systematised and this is what we call science. The hunger for knowledge deepened and expanded our collective understanding of nature. This knowledge is utilised to create tools and other artifacts that humans use to improve conditions of living. Science has always been a collective activity, though under capitalism today there are attempts by corporations to claim ownerships over knowledge through the exercise of intellectual property rights – in the form of patents, copyrights, etc.Read More »
The Wire | August 03, 2018
The idea is that geology or even cosmology is imprecise because it deals with incompleteness, poor data resolution and lack of experimental control. Credit: skeeze/pixabay
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), the American palaeontologist and writer, delivered a memorable extemporaneous speech upon receiving the ‘History of Geology Division’ award during the 100th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Denver, 1988. A copy of its transcription had been sitting quietly among some paper clippings in my possession, having followed me around all these years, and I recently rediscovered it by accident.Read More »
Vladimir Vernadsky, 1863-1945
As we’ve seen, metabolism, a defining feature of all life, always involves exchanges with the world outside the organism. Life cannot exist without ingesting matter and excreting waste. The fact that the Earth is a sphere surrounded by a vacuum, and that we have access only to its outer few kilometers, means that the amount of matter available for life to use is finite, and that life’s wastes have nowhere else to go.Read More »
A Journal of People report
Too much Smartphone use makes teens unhappy, finds a new research from San Diego State University. Teens glued to their Smartphones and other devices are unhappier than those spending less time on digital media, the research finds.
The study gathered data from over one million 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders in the U.S. showing teens who spent more time on social media, gaming, texting and video-chatting on their phones were not as happy as those who played sports, went outside and interacted with real human beings.Read More »
Finally Confirmed: Cancer is entirely a man-made disease:
It’s caused mostly by dietary intake and pollution in their environment.
At the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in England, in 2010, after looking over remains and literature from ancient Greece and Egypt, looked into earlier periods too, a study had included the first historical case of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.
This published study from Nature Reviews Cancer, notes that researchers only found one case of cancer while looking into hundred of Egyptian mummies.Read More »
A Journal of People report
Thousands of people around the world took part in the inaugural March for Science as part of this year’s Earth Day celebrations.
In over 600 cities, from Washington to Sydney, scientists and science enthusiasts marched in what is seen as a global response to anti-science, climate change-denying rhetoric and policies from governments around the world.
The main event began in Washington DC at 10:00am local time, Saturday.Read More »