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Brazil builds giant Amazon tower

Brazil builds giant Amazon tower | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change.

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Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts - we make money not art

Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts - we make money not art | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Publisher Leonardo/Olats writes: Artists have opened new avenues in the art world by employing these developments in biotechnology, synthetic biology and Artificial Life; going from inanimate to autonomous objects to living creatures; exploring the thin border between animate and inanimate; confronting the grown, the evolved, the born and the built; and raising aesthetic but also social, political and ethical issues.


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Broad Institute Gets Patent on Revolutionary Gene-Editing Method | MIT Technology Review

Broad Institute Gets Patent on Revolutionary Gene-Editing Method | MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Harvard-MIT genomic science institute stays mute on how it will assert control over the tools expected to speed cures and change gene therapy.
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Is science compatible with peer production? | Open Thoughts 2014

Is science compatible with peer production? | Open Thoughts 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Science has often been described by many sociologists as a collective enterprise. Most scientific research is done in collaboration, and collaboration can even involve thousands of scientists — as in the case of theLarge Hadron Collider experiments. The standard publication system of science is based on colleagues’ collaboration and evaluation through the peer-review process.

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Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia

Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Humanists typically look toward the future with extreme pessimism, assuming conditions of technological oppressiveness: Surveillance is rampant, the human being has been shorn of dignity, the state is overpowering, and individuality is a lost cause before the powerful onslaught of the collective. Zamyatin and Orwell are prime examples of this kind of extrapolation. There are also instances of humanist utopias (beginning with Thomas Moore and continuing with the socialist utopias of William Morris and Edward Bellamy), but they tend to be curiously bloodless, lacking the conviction and richness of the dystopias.

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How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries | TechCrunch

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers that enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold to academic libraries keep them moving ahead because the librarians feel they have no choice but to buy. These companies add little value to the actual publishing product but they are entrenched.

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Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology – it is not bound to respect reality as science is, and thinks nothing of substituting convincing evidence for emotive rhetoric. And yet, when science and politics clash, it is all too often science that loses.

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Artificial Intelligence: Can Science Truly Recreate You? - Daily Nexus

Artificial Intelligence: Can Science Truly Recreate You? - Daily Nexus | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Artificial Intelligence: Can Science Truly Recreate You?
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Scenario of commons oriented scientific publishing on researchgate - Frederik Feys, Msc

Scenario of commons oriented scientific publishing on researchgate - Frederik Feys, Msc | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I further developed possible scenarios from the open peer review on. After addressing reviewer comments in a revised manuscript, I consider publishing my article on researchgate. Yes, this would be the first time an independent scientist publishes his own work on an open access platform with prior peer review and more as I will explain now.

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Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness - LiveScience.com

Scientists Closing in on Theory of Consciousness - LiveScience.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Several studies have shown that you can measure the extent of integration using brain stimulation and recording techniques.

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Science Is Not About Certainty The separation of science and the humanities is ... - The New Republic

Science Is Not About Certainty The separation of science and the humanities is ... - The New Republic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

e teach our students: We say that we have some theories about science. Science is about hypothetico-deductive methods; we have observations, we have data, data require organizing into theories. So then we have theories. These theories are suggested or produced from the data somehow, then checked in terms of the data. Then time passes, we have more data, theories evolve, we throw away a theory, and we find another theory that’s better, a better understanding of the data, and so on and so forth.

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Citizen Science: A Pathway for Citizen Engagement and Innovation

Citizen Science: A Pathway for Citizen Engagement and Innovation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Citizen science is an increasingly popular way for ordinary citizens to engage with science across a variety of subject areas and mediums. A combined, cross-sector approach is necessary and the results can be more citizens engaged in the critical science policies that impact our society.
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Disconnect: what science knows versus what business does

Disconnect: what science knows versus what business does | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the weekend of June 14-15, 2014, Linda Ray and Tara Neven, co-founders and co-directors of neuresource group, headed down to Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast for the National Retailers Association (NRA) Conference. Both had important roles to fill –  Neven as the conference host and Ray as an ‘Insight’ speaker.

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Stampede supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering

Stampede supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sometimes, the laboratory just won't cut it. After all, you can't recreate an exploding star, manipulate quarks or forecast the climate in the lab. In cases like these, scientists rely on supercomputing simulations to capture the physical reality of these phenomena—minus the extraordinary cost, dangerous temperatures or millennium-long wait times.




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Emergence of the Human "Super-Brain" (Today's Most Popular) - The Daily Galaxy (blog)

Emergence of the Human "Super-Brain" (Today's Most Popular) - The Daily Galaxy (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Humans obviously evolved a much wider range of communication tools to express their thoughts, the most important being language," said John Hoffecker, a fellow at the University of Colorado's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. "Individual human brains within social groups became integrated into a neurologic Internet of sorts, giving birth to the mind."

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Reality Reconciles Science and Religion: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids - YouTube

Reality Reconciles Science and Religion: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids - YouTube | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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Neuroscientists Join the Open-Source Hardware Movement - IEEE Spectrum

Neuroscientists Join the Open-Source Hardware Movement - IEEE Spectrum | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Graduate students Josh Siegle and Jakob Voigts were planning an ambitious series of experiments at their MIT neuroscience labs in 2011 when they ran into a problem. They needed to record complex brain signals from mice, but they couldn’t afford the right equipment: The recording systems cost upward of US $60,000 each, and they wanted at least four. So they decided to solve their dilemma by building their own gear on the cheap. And knowing that they wouldn’t be the last neuroscientists to encounter such a problem, they decided to give away their designs. Now their project, Open Ephys, is the hub of a nascent open-source hardware community for neural technology.

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Chris Lintott, The Life Scientific - BBC Radio 4

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Chris Lintott tells Jim Al Khalili about crowd sourced astronomy and Galaxy Zoo.
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Why open access is the next frontier for science

Why open access is the next frontier for science | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Around the world, scientific journals are making money by publishing the work of researchers without paying them. Even worse, their high subscription fees mean important discoveries are locked away from all but a privileged few. QUT’s Professor Tom Cochrane argues for a new system of distributing knowledge.


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Out in the Open: The Men Supercharging Neuroscience With Open Source Hardware | Enterprise | WIRED

Out in the Open: The Men Supercharging Neuroscience With Open Source Hardware | Enterprise | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today's neuroscientists need expertise in more than just the human brain. They must also be accomplished hardware engineers, capable of building new tools for collecting and analyzing the brain.
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Peerage of Science - P2P Foundation

Peerage of Science - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Basically you submit your paper before to get advice and reviewing from people that is part of the project (free and open),they allow open (not blind) reviewing and submission (we all knew who is the other) , there are journals subscribed that can directly contact you to publish the reviewed version or you can send your work with the reviewing data to another journal that could accept your paper or ask for some more reviewing."

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Book Review: Hawking Incorporated -- Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject

Book Review: Hawking Incorporated -- Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology and the Knowing Subject by Hélène Mialet that deserves a spot on every Transhumanist's bookshelf.
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Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 2, 9:15 PM

To this, I say "meh."

 

What have humans done with our current biological brains but make a gigantic mess of our planet without having the sense to even acknowledge and clean up after ourselves?

 

The sooner we correct our brains' function and perpetually limited perception, much like how we correct our vision with glasses, or our hearing with hearing aids, the sooner we'll be better off.

 

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

 

Think about it.

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Hackaday wants to send you to space

Hackaday wants to send you to space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The submission guidelines are actually intentionally vague, according to the website, because Hackaday doesn’t want to limit the creativity of designers: “You must actually build something, it must involve some type of electronics that are connected to something.” The only catch, outside of having to be 13 years of age, is that it must be an “open” project,

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Our Future Depends on Spirituality and Science Working Together - Huffington Post

Our Future Depends on Spirituality and Science Working Together - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It's commonly accepted that science and spirituality are not compatible. Science is considered our reliable way forward, while spirituality often regarded as a sentimental relic of our past we can't quite let go of. So to say it is necessary for the two to work together may seem unrealistic. For centuries, science has led our progress; spirituality, as indicated through participation in orthodox religion has been in steady decline. But the unorganized, personal aspect of spirituality is the subjective pursuit of value, reality, and understanding through individual experience or consciousness. This aspect of spirituality has not declined. Instead, the drive to find external solutions to global problems that have value to our interior world is more powerful than ever. The scale of our planet's problems is too great to be solved without an integrated approach of science and spirituality. The power of consciousness needs the systemization of the scientific method, and the tools of science depend on the wisdom and creativity of individual consciousness to guide it in a meaningful direction.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation