Gavagai
Follow
Find
34.8K views | +1 today
 
Scooped by Luca Baptista
onto Gavagai
Scoop.it!

Awaiting a new Darwin

Awaiting a new Darwin | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In Mind and Cosmos, Thomas Nagel continues his attacks on reductionism. Though the book is brief its claims are big. Nagel insists that the mind-body problem 'is not just a local problem' but 'invades our understanding of the entire cosmos and its history.'

more...
No comment yet.
Gavagai
Science. Knowledge.
Curated by Luca Baptista
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Breathtaking aurora snapshot from the space station

Breathtaking aurora snapshot from the space station | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Astronaut Reid Wiseman tweets from the International Space Station: 'Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this'.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Who will stand up for the Christians?

Who will stand up for the Christians? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Teaching is not a business

Teaching is not a business | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Ebola is 'disaster' of scale still unknown, relief official says

Ebola is 'disaster' of scale still unknown, relief official says | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Dr. Joanne Liu, the president of Doctors Without Borders, said health agencies needed to do more to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

The machine that tried to scan the brain — in 1882

The machine that tried to scan the brain — in 1882 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before World War I began, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

The hunt for the source of the Ebola outbreak

The hunt for the source of the Ebola outbreak | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How did it get this far? This particular strain of Ebola -- called Ebola Zaire -- comes from Central Africa. How did it get to West Africa? Why did it start in Guinea, which has never seen the Ebola virus? And why is this happening now?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Scientists think they've discovered an entirely new mode of plant communication

Scientists think they've discovered an entirely new mode of plant communication | Gavagai | Scoop.it

And parasitic species might be using it for espionage.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

The sad devolution of Discovery Channel

The sad devolution of Discovery Channel | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Forget the recent barrage of scientists saying that Shark Week programs are misleading, even deceitful. Shark Week isn't really about sharks — it's about ratings. And it's more evidence that the Discovery Channel, also home to Amish Mafia, among other programs of questionable authenticity, has not been interested in broadcasting scientific fact for quite some time.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Scientific error delayed the search for alien life by a half-century

Scientific error delayed the search for alien life by a half-century | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In the 19th century, astronomers believed that solar systems formed in nebular clouds throughout the universe. But 20th century scientists rejected that idea, arguing that our solar system was an aberration. This mistake derailed the search for exoplanets, and extraterrestrials, for decades.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

'Biochip' loaded with DNA lets researchers study gene activity

'Biochip' loaded with DNA lets researchers study gene activity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Silicon chambers form artificial 'cells' that are linked by capillaries.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

We're eating too much salt. And it's killing us

We're eating too much salt. And it's killing us | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The world has an increasingly high taste for salty foods — a taste that new research suggests leads to to 1.65 million excess deaths annually.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris is the first scientist in over 40 years to test LSD on humans - and you're next

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris is the first scientist in over 40 years to test LSD on humans - and you're next | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Carhart-Harris is the first person in the UK to have legally administered doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to human volunteers since the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, and his presentation climaxes with a slide showing something no one else has seen before: an as-yet unpublished cross-sectional image of the brain of a volunteer who was in an fMRI scanner while tripping on acid.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Meet the first woman to win math's most prestigious prize

Meet the first woman to win math's most prestigious prize | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As an 8-year-old, Maryam Mirzakhani used to tell herself stories about the exploits of a remarkable girl. Every night at bedtime, her heroine would become mayor, travel the world or fulfill some other grand destiny.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Once you look at these 7 satellite photos, you will discover a very uncomfortable truth

Once you look at these 7 satellite photos, you will discover a very uncomfortable truth | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What do you get when you collect 27 years' worth of satellite pictures and turn them into GIFs? The scary realization that we can drastically change the face of the Earth in some years and not even realize it.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

America's race injustices have roots in refusal to confront inequality

America's race injustices have roots in refusal to confront inequality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

African Americans, in Ferguson and across the country, face pervasive inequality and its consequences in a country that would prefer to think itself past its sins.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Fungus that turns hosts into zombies manipulates ants to die on colony doorstep

Fungus that turns hosts into zombies manipulates ants to die on colony doorstep | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In order to persist in insect societies, a parasitic fungus that turns ants into zombies manipulates its host to die outside of the colony, within the vicinity of foraging trails, a new study has found. This ensures a constant stream of susceptible hosts while also avoiding defense strategies employed by the colonies.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Where does the smell of rain come from?

It’s Okay To Be Smart (PBS).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

How many vowels are there in English? (hint: it's more than AEIOUY)

How many vowels are there in English? (hint: it's more than AEIOUY) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How many vowels does English have? Five, right? A, E, I, O, U. Oh, and sometimes Y. So, six? Actually, English has at least 14 different vowel sounds and, depending on the speaker and dialect, maybe more than 20.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Gavagai | Scoop.it

2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

The scientific 7-minute workout

The scientific 7-minute workout | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Woman behind powerful Mike Brown protest photo defies 'respectability politics'

Woman behind powerful Mike Brown protest photo defies 'respectability politics' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

France Francois was concerned her sign may be perceived as too 'angry', but she held it up anyway because she had a right to feel angry.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Two independent studies find epigenetic changes in brains of Alzheimer's patients

Two independent studies find epigenetic changes in brains of Alzheimer's patients | Gavagai | Scoop.it

While it is difficult at this stage to know whether these alterations to DNA are involved in the onset of disease or occur as a result of the disease, the findings are important because they may aid our understanding of the impact of environmental risk factors and lifestyle on Alzheimer’s.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Latin makes surprising comeback in UK state schools

Latin makes surprising comeback in UK state schools | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Latin has made a remarkable comeback in state secondary school classrooms, according to figures released today.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Quantum physics made relatively simple: a mini course from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hans Bethe

Quantum physics made relatively simple: a mini course from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hans Bethe | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Cornell now hosts a web site called Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple, where you can watch three lectures presented by Bethe in 1999. They’re a little different from the usual lectures you encounter online. In these videos, Bethe is 93 years old, older than your average prof. And he presents the lectures not in a Cornell classroom, but at the Kendal of Ithaca retirement community, which gives them a certain charm.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Luca Baptista
Scoop.it!

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

You shudder at a split infinitive, know when to use 'that' or 'which' and would never confuse 'less' with 'fewer' – but are these rules always right, elegant or sensible, asks linguist Steven Pinker.

more...
No comment yet.