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Mar 19, 2023

Anaximander review: Did Anaximander create science, asks Carlo Rovelli

Posted by in category: science

Ancient philosopher Anaximander’s discoveries about rain, wind and the cosmos may make him the true force behind modern science, argues physicist Carlo Rovelli in his newly republished first book.

By Simon Ings

Mar 19, 2023

Intuition Pumps: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Dignity of Being Wrong and Art-Science of Making Fertile Mistakes

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The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself.

Mar 19, 2023

Scientists in Singapore Have Discovered How to “Talk” to Plants

Posted by in category: futurism

Plants emit weak electric signals. Researchers have developed a device to read and send signals back — a type of “plant communication.”

Mar 19, 2023

The fifth force: Is there another fundamental force of nature?

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

In recent years, a group of Hungarian researchers have made headlines with a bold claim. They say they’ve discovered a new particle — dubbed X17 — that requires the existence of a fifth force of nature.

The researchers weren’t looking for the new particle, though. Instead, it popped up as an anomaly in their detector back in 2015 while they were searching for signs of dark matter. The oddity didn’t draw much attention at first. But eventually, a group of prominent particle physicists working at the University of California, Irvine, took a closer look and suggested that the Hungarians had stumbled onto a new type of particle — one that implies an entirely new force of nature.

Then, in late 2019, the Hungarian find hit the mainstream — including a story featured prominently on CNN — when they released new results suggesting that their signal hadn’t gone away. The anomaly persisted even after they changed the parameters of their experiment. They’ve now seen it pop up in the same way hundreds of times.

Mar 19, 2023

10 Quantum Myths That Need to be Busted

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The very word ‘quantum’ makes people’s imaginations run wild. But chances are you’ve fallen for at least one of these myths.

Mar 19, 2023

The mind-bending physics of time

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

In this Big Think interview, theoretical physicist Sean Carroll discusses the concept of time and the mysteries surrounding its properties. He notes that while we use the word “time” frequently in everyday language, the real puzzles arise when we consider the properties of time, such as the past, present, and future, and the fact that we can affect the future but not the past.

Carroll also discusses the concept of entropy, which is a measure of how disorganized or random a system is, and the second law of thermodynamics, which states that there is a natural tendency for things in the Universe to go from a state of low entropy to high entropy — in other words, from less disorganized to more disorganized. He explains that the arrow of time, or the perceived difference between the past and the future, arises due to the influence of the Big Bang and the fact that the Universe began in a state of low entropy.

Mar 19, 2023

Blood Test #2 in 2023: Impact of NMN?

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Mar 19, 2023

It’s Official: No More Crispr Babies—for Now

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In the face of safety risks, experts have tightened the reins on heritable genome editing—but haven’t ruled out using it someday.

Mar 19, 2023

Has the 3D printing revolution finally arrived?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, food

Car engines, bespoke medicines, organs for transplant, food, fashion and now even a whole street of houses… Is the all-conquering promise of 3D printing finally coming true? By Tim Lewis.

Mar 19, 2023

Cyborg Futures: Born in Fiction

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, military, robotics/AI

We had a wonderful group of international and interdisciplinary speakers at Saint Mary’s University on March 31 to April 1, 2017. They all took time out from their very busy schedules to come to Halifax to discuss robots and artificial intelligence at the Cyborg Futures Workshop. Academics from literary theory, digital culture, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, robotics, and evolutionary biology, along with students and the public, convened for a lively discussion about technologies that are impacting us all.

This workshop is part of a larger SSHRC-funded project–Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination–that is about shifting the conversation about robots and AI, which has been animated by fiction but dominated in the real world by the military and industry. Opening the discussion up to wider social and cultural contexts–from the impact of technology on human relations; to non-human animals, the environment and trash; to racism, imperialism and misogyny; to automation, labour and capitalism; to killer robots and the military; to the problematic collapse of science and fiction—this workshop considered both the infrastructure currently being laid that is forcing us down a troubling path and imaginative alternatives to it. What follows cannot possibly do justice to the richness and complexity of the talks, so please click on the hyperlinks to listen to them.

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