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Scientists must rise above politics — and restate their value to society
As with Pugwash, crucial to any effort to give scientists a bigger voice will be the ability of international researchers to stand apart from political arguments, and to assert that support for scholarship is not an issue of left versus right, but of the very survival and prosperity of humanity itself.
pugwash  science  politics  knowledge  professional_knowledge  activism 
6 hours ago by pelttari
How common is your birthday? Find out exactly with an interactive heat map.
Matt Stiles posted a heat map on his blog yesterday that I thought was pretty well done. I decided to get the data from and recreate it in Tableau. It takes under 20 seconds and under 10 clicks to create it in Tableau, more like 15 seconds if you’ve been using Tableau longer. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  birthdays  data  science  visualization 
10 hours ago by scottpierce
Feminist cyborg scholar Donna Haraway: ‘The disorder of our era isn’t necessary’ | World news | The Guardian
Play captures a lot of what goes on in the world. There is a kind of raw opportunism in biology and chemistry, where things work stochastically to form emergent systematicities. It’s not a matter of direct functionality. We need to develop practices for thinking about those forms of activity that are not caught by functionality, those which propose the possible-but-not-yet, or that which is not-yet but still open.

It seems to me that our politics these days require us to give each other the heart to do just that. To figure out how, with each other, we can open up possibilities for what can still be. And we can’t do that in a negative mood. We can’t do that if we do nothing but critique. We need critique; we absolutely need it. But it’s not going to open up the sense of what might yet be. It’s not going to open up the sense of that which is not yet possible but profoundly needed.
anthropocene  science  ecology  eccentricEngineering 
11 hours ago by tegabrain
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Nobel prize winning biologist Venki Ramakrishnan breaks DNA down to the molecule, specifically the ribosome.
11 hours ago by id1
Scientists discover key factors in how some algae harness solar energy | NSF - National Science Foundation
Scientists have discovered how diatoms –- algae that produce 20% of the Earth's oxygen –- harness solar energy for photosynthesis. Algae store energy in the form of natural oils and, under the right conditions, make oil that can be converted into biofuels for cars, trucks, trains and planes.
ifttt  national  science  foundati 
16 hours ago by marshallk
Earth's last magnetic field reversal took far longer than once thought | NSF - National Science Foundation
Earth's magnetic field seems steady and true -- reliable enough to navigate by. Yet, largely hidden from daily life, the field drifts, waxes and wanes.
ifttt  national  science  foundati 
16 hours ago by marshallk
Data assimilation method offers improved hurricane forecasting | NSF - National Science Foundation
In 2017, operational models predicted that Hurricane Harvey would become a Category 1 hurricane. Instead, it became a massive Category 4 storm just before it made landfall, and tied Hurricane Katrina as one of the costliest hurricanes on record.
ifttt  national  science  foundati 
16 hours ago by marshallk
Earth’s inner core is doing something weird - National Geographic
Data from old Soviet weapons tests are helping scientists get a high-resolution look inside our planet.
16 hours ago by noiseguy

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