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Nov 7, 2019

Science must move with the times

Posted by in categories: futurism, science

But Manichean views and tropes of ‘dual use’ miss the point. Some of the key questions that confront science today are about whether its methods, practices and ethos, pursued with very little real change since Maxwell’s day, are fit for purpose in the light of the challenges — conceptual and practical — we now face. Can science continue to fulfil its social contract and to reach new horizons by advancing on the same footing into the future? Or does something need to shift?


Research cannot fulfil its social contract and reach new horizons by advancing on the same footing into the future, argues Philip Ball in the last essay of a series on how the past 150 years have shaped today’s science system, to mark Nature’s anniversary.

Nov 7, 2019

Celebrating Two Women In Science — Marie Curie And Lise Meitner

Posted by in categories: chemistry, life extension, science

Both Marie Curie and Lise Meitner, the only two women to be immortalized on the Periodic Table, celebrate the same November 7 birthday. Here are more reasons why they’re remarkable.

Nov 7, 2019

Cosmos, Quantum and Consciousness: Is Science Doomed to Leave Some Questions Unanswered?

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics, science

Physicists, philosophers debate whether research can ever solve certain mysteries of the universe—and the human mind.

Nov 3, 2019

China’s Nobel ambitions on show as dozens of science laureates meet

Posted by in categories: government, science

Shanghai hosted one of the largest gatherings of Nobel laureates in the world last week, with 44 Nobel Prize-winning scientists in the city for a government-sponsored forum with the lofty goal of discussing science and technology for the “common destiny of mankind”.


Chinese academics and young scientists join global scientific elite to explore frontiers of research.

Nov 2, 2019

Science author digs into the story about a revolutionary cancer treatment used in immunotherapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, science

Unlike chemotherapy or radiation, which attack cancer directly, CAR-T engineers patients’ immune cells so they can do it themselves. T-cells are removed from the blood and given new genes that produce receptors that let the T-cells recognize and bind to leukemia cells with a specific protein, CD19.

The genetically modified T-cells are then multiplied in the lab and infused back into the patient, where they ideally multiply even further and begin to target and kill cancer cells with CD19.

Oct 28, 2019

Untangling The Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease And Diabetes: What The Latest Science Tells Us

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, science

Alzheimer’s and diabetes could be connected in ways we’re only beginning to identify, say scientists presenting the latest research on links between blood sugar metabolism and dementia.

Oct 28, 2019

I’m an academic doctor. But research from for-profit companies may be the best way to help patients and science in the future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

Such studies are distrusted by professionals because of possible conflicts of interest. But important research will be increasingly conducted, funded or aided by such firms.

Oct 27, 2019

Rare Diseases! — University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, science, transhumanism

Oct 27, 2019

Spinal Cord Injuries and Treatment — Rutgers University’s Dr. Wise Young MD, PhD. — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, health, life extension, neuroscience, posthumanism, science, transhumanism

Oct 26, 2019

Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 5 Things

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Your children are the people in this world who you most want to be happy, healthy and successful. And like it or not, your behavior as a parent has a lot to do with it. Here’s what researchers say the parents of high-achieving kids do differently.

According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, lying to kids — even bluffs of punishment — results in children growing up to be liars themselves and having other problems, as well. Researchers queried 379 young adults about how much their parents lied to them when they were children and what behaviors they practice now that they’re grown up. Individuals who recall being lied to more as children were also more likely to admit lying to their parents as adults. They also reported having a harder time dealing with psychological and social challenges, indicating having experienced behavioral problems, guilt and shame, as well as engaging in selfish and manipulative conduct.

Most parents would agree that life would be easier for everyone if children would always listen to their parents, do what they request and follow their advice. But according to research conducted at Cardiff University in the U.K., an adult’s tone of voice has a lot to do with compliance. In the study, more than 1,000 teenagers were put into groups in which they all heard the same 30 messages voiced by mothers regarding schoolwork, but delivered with different intonations: controlling, autonomy-supportive or neutral. Afterward, the students answered surveys regarding how they would feel if their own mother communicated as the one in their group had. Almost across the board, teens who listened to the mother speaking in a controlling manner responded negatively. The kids who heard the mother speaking in a supportive way responded positively, and more so than the ones who heard a neutral tone of voice. So, if you want your kids to do what you say, don’t say it like you’re their boss.

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