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Telling the Scientific Method Story

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The science gap is huge. One of the biggest misconceptions hindering the advancement of scientific literacy in society is also one of the most crucial – the scientific method. And no wonder. Most people would look back at primary and secondary school and cringe when thinking about all the facts and concepts they had to memorize in science classes. I cringe when I think of the public concluding science is static and just the sum of all data gathered through the centuries.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:08 PM

Indeed, there is no actual way of getting around hard facts, other than to deny them completely and rationalize it accordingly.  This is just a psychological maneuver, rather than anything that does anything to change the nature of our universe.  And it's shocking to me that so many people (including myself) can be guilty of this kind of ignorance.  The only difference between myself and, for example, a Young Earth Creatisionist, is that I acknowledge my potential to do this and, therefore, work to humble myself before the vast extension of knowledge and awareness that I cannot ever have.  They think they got all the answers, all lined up neat in a row.

 

And that's the difference.

 

Think about it.

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Emerging ethical dilemmas in science and technology

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As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2014.


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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:22 PM

The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Its goal is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.

 

The center generates its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology with the help of Reilly fellows, other Notre Dame experts and friends of the center.

 

E-trucit's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:47 AM

several interesting things

Saranne Davies's curator insight, December 12, 2013 4:48 AM

Interesting article.

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Fusion milestone passed at US lab

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Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.


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10 Of The Year’s Most Amazing Science Photos

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Last week, the Wellcome Collection announced the winners of its 12th annual image awards, recognizing the “most informative, striking and technically excellent” pictures from the collection’s recent acquisitions.

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125 Great Science Videos: From Astronomy to Physics & Psychology

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125 Great Science Videos covering Astronomy & Space Travel; Physics; Biology & Chemistry; Environment, Geology and & Ecology; Psychology & Neuroscience; and Technology & Mathematics.

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[A MUST SEE VIDEO] Halo Films Choice Point Showreel

Choice Point provides a scientific, self-help and human story platform to help people transform their lives for the better while at the same time showing them how to contribute to transforming the world in beneficial ways.


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Tony Franciskato's comment, May 29, 2012 9:07 AM
I love the idea of aligning with a purpose but of course I have questions when I hear certain things like… "What does it mean to 'Transcend self interest'?" It is like thinking it necessary to "moving beyond" the need to have blood coursing through my veins. "Creating relationships where everyone is getting richer" sounds like a situation where people trade goods and services freely and exchange value for value. What a great idea! It could be like a free market where men trade without taking advantage or being taken advantage of. Seems if men understood self interest as something not needing transcendence but needing acceptance as a fact of life the rest may follow.
Sakis Koukouvis's comment, May 29, 2012 10:09 AM
Thank you Tony Franciskato. I agree that these phrases are mere a positive thinking and not so a practical solution for a daily life. But we need inspiration to overcome our self-interest and I believe that this video is opening that "door".
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New drug approach could lead to cures for wide range of diseases

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A team led by a longtime Oregon Health & Science University researcher has demonstrated in mice what could be a revolutionary new technique to cure a wide range of human diseases -- from cystic fibrosis to cataracts to Alzheimer's disease -- that are caused by "misfolded" protein molecules.


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Graphene - the new wonder material

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The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared to devote €1bn ($1.3bn) to it between 2013 and 2023 to find out if it can transform a range of sectorssuch as electronics, energy, health and construction. According to Scopus, the bibliographic database, more than 8,000 papers have been written about graphene since 2005.

 


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7 Websites For Science Questions & Answers For The Scientific Spirit

7 Websites For Science Questions & Answers For The Scientific Spirit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The web is the Grand Oracle. It sees all and answers all. I wish we had the educational and self-learning edge it gives to today’s generation. In a snap, you can tap it to ask anything about the world we live in, and generally it is pretty accurate answering back. Perhaps, apart from the ‘question of life’ it can answer anything. Who knows, someone might come up with that answer too in due time. But for now, from the purely scientific point of view, you can ask away about life sciences…and all the associated disciplines.
We have our own platform for questions and answers, and that’s where a reader asked us about some good websites on questions related to science, particularly physics and chemistry? He got the help he needed. Perhaps, with the help of this post and the seven websites mentioned here, you will too...."


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How is our consciousness connected to the world?

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How is our consciousness connected to the world?
Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions and mysterious perceptual phenomena.


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5 Big Moments in the History of Knowledge Transfer

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There are basically three kinds of knowledge humans can share with one another: news, concepts, and skills. Most of our early advances in communication technology focused on sharing news over a distance – a good place to start, as it was helpful in avoiding death. We've come a long way since then, and while online technologies are still evolving – and while too many people still lack access to them – we're using the internet to convey news, skills, and sophisticated concepts globally, instantaneously, and with increasing efficiency. Let's take a look at a few key historical moments in the history of knowledge transfer.


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