Microbes are Striking Back

by Amit Sengupta

People’s DemocracyJuly 29, 2018

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 »

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If Earth Were a Novel, Would the Historical Sciences Be Reliable Narrators?

by C.P. Rajendran

The Wire | August 03, 2018

If Earth Were a Novel, Would the Historical Sciences Be Reliable Narrators?

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 »

Report: Scientists Have Advanced Bio-Weapon Capabilities

teleSUR | June 20, 2018

The ability to make bacteria more resistant to treatment or creating harmful biochemicals is a possibility.

The ability to make bacteria more resistant to treatment or creating harmful biochemicals is a possibility. | Photo: Reuters
The field of synthetic biology can facilitate altering the structure of bacteria to make them more harmful.

Advancement in synthetic biology now gives scientist the tools to recreate dangerous viruses, a 221-page Department of Defense report has disclosed.

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Vladimir Vernadsky and the disruption of the biosphere

by Ian Angus

Climate & Capitalism | June 05, 2018

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 »

More the Smartphone more the teens’ unhappiness: study graphs correlations between happiness and screen activities and non-screen activities

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 »

Scientists Uncover Evidence that Cancer is Entirely a Man Made Disease

by SatyaRaj

Alternative News Network | July 22, 2017

Cancer

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 »

#MarchForScience: Thousands protest in over 600 cities around the world

A Journal of People report

Source: March For Science

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 »