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How extreme isolation warps the mind

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When people are isolated from human contact, their mind can do some truly bizarre things, says Michael Bond. Why does this happen?
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Ants Swarm Like Brains Think - Issue 12: Feedback - Nautilus

Ants Swarm Like Brains Think - Issue 12: Feedback - Nautilus | Biology | Scoop.it
Deborah Gordon spent the morning of August 27 watching a group of harvester ants foraging for seeds outside the dusty town of Rodeo,…
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Sources of Variation in Biology Part 3: Emergence and Origins of Life

Sources of Variation in Biology Part 3: Emergence and Origins of Life | Biology | Scoop.it
This is the final installment in a three-part subseries in our.
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Book: 'Synthetic Biology and Morality'

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Gerd Moe-Behrens's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:09 PM

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"Synthetic biology aims to design and build organisms to serve human ends, such as producing inexpensive biofuels and developing new kinds of medicines. But this new form of biotechnology also raises ethical questions. The concerns range from environmental and public health risks to social and economic impact, but perhaps the foremost is, Should we be "creating life" in the first place?
The last question is explored in Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature, a collection of essays edited by Hastings Center scholars Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray, just published by MIT Press.
"Synthetic biology seems to involve a quest for a degree of control over the basic mechanisms of life that human beings have never attained before; is that quest desirable? Is it troubling?" write Kaebnick and Murray in the introduction.
The book is the product of a Hastings Center project on synthetic biology that examined and debated the idea of synthesizing life. The first section of the book focuses on the human relationship to nature, with essays identifying basic questions about the ethics of making new organisms. The second section asks whether synthetic organisms, far from being morally troubling, might actually be intrinsically valuable. The last section concerns values and public policy–whether and how intrinsic moral objections to synthetic biology might be integrated into policy-making and public discourse.
Gregory Kaebnick is research scholar at The Hastings Center and editor of the Hastings Center Report. Thomas Murray is President Emeritus of the Center and a senior research scholar. Kaebnick and Murray were principal investigators on two Hastings Center projects on synthetic biology.
"Synthetic biology is a hot topic and deserves ethical scrutiny, and this is one of the first volumes that attempts it," says Dale Jamieson, Director of Environmental Studies, New York University and author of Ethics and the Environment.
Jonathan D. Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, University of Pennsylvania, calls the book "as innovative as synthetic biology itself."…"



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What Do Animals See in a Mirror? - Issue 13: Symmetry - Nautilus

What Do Animals See in a Mirror? - Issue 13: Symmetry - Nautilus | Biology | Scoop.it
The idea for a tool to probe the basis of consciousness came to Gordon G. Gallup, Jr. while shaving. “It just occurred to me,”…
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Awe-inspiring nature shots as Society of Biology unveils shortlist for amateur ... - The Independent

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Awe-inspiring nature shots as Society of Biology unveils shortlist for amateur ...
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The Society of Biology has announced the shortlist for its annual amateur photographer competition which invites anyone to submit their nature snaps.
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The Most Important Image Captured By Hubble

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Taking a risk by pointing Hubble in the direction of a starless black space, scientists ended up capturing one of the most profound images in history.
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Labster: Virtual Labs for Biology and Life Sciences Teachers - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Labster: Virtual Labs for Biology and Life Sciences Teachers - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Biology | Scoop.it
Labster is a next generation virtual laboratory for teaching and learning life sciences. It engages students with the wonders of biotechnology and molecular biology by gamifying biotech teaching.

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