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Future Network News [22 Nov 2007|03:45am]

For those of you with an interest in international politics, futurism, the environment, genetic modification, Peak oil, climate change, etc please watch my new webcast show

FNN - Future Network News

leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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*****PLoS on Facebook***** [29 Jun 2007|12:16pm]
For those of you on Facebook, check out the new Public Library of Science presence. They announced on their blog today their new foray into social networking.

They've got a PLoS Group and a PLoS Cause set up.

This is a pretty smart move on their part, I think. Spread the word in other forums.
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On truth, reality and the BIG TOE (Theory Of Everything) [13 May 2006|09:19pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Is it possible to have a theory of reality that is simple, elegant and at the same time sophisticated enough to succintly explain the infinite complexity that we observe in our universe? Wave Structure Of Matter (WSM) is a theory which fulfills all of those requirements.

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'Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. ... Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education.' (Jean Jacques Rousseau)
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Holiday Cheer ... [28 Dec 2005|02:16pm]

In the spirit of the holiday season I'd like to share a little something to make you smile.

Are Scientists Interesting?

Musing on my reaction, I came to a somewhat unnerving conclusion. The fact of the matter is we scientists simply are not all that interesting. If I may generalize wildly, we are usually dull people with interesting ideas - as distinguished from artists (interesting people with dull ideas) and dancers and athletes (dull people with dull ideas and magnificent physical skills). The more a story focuses on what scientists actually do, I fear, the less interesting it will be.

- James S. Trefil, in Scientific American

Happy Holidays.

EDIT: This post was not meant to offend ... I wanted to share it because I found it amusing. I am a musician and a scientist, though only the latter classification is professional, and I did not mean to imply that the two are mutually exclusive. I have nothing against artists, dancers or athletes ... I respect what they do and at times I wish I had their talent.
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Anti-Biotech film playing in theatres [07 Oct 2005|11:38am]

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Feed Dover Pa Spaghetti! [26 Sep 2005|10:40am]
Dover, PA, recently implemented Intelligent Design into their school curriculum. In appreciation of this event, word of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster should be spread to them, since, as proponents of 'intelligent design', they would obviously be including FSM in their new biology content.

The District website is: http://www.dover.k12.pa.us

Spread the word of the Flying SPaghetti Monster!Collapse )
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About cloning question... [01 Sep 2005|04:01pm]


About cloning question...

... Of course, a cell has memory, but 90% of “dreams” are expelled from life during artificial approach, and 10% left are reduced from generation to generation and come off to zero...

Every birth in nature’s variant gets “Time” and “energies” which lead to Perfection and beyond it... There is no “time” and there is no “energy” during artificial variant... In this variant – high vulnerability from everything, from high radiation phone of the Earth – up to simplest illnesses...
Here one shouldn’t expect any talent and discoveries... Here there is no Idea having an interest for “Time” and Evolution of everything, though... nature is ready to work with any life variant, bringing further to the change of the body form... While there are no Ideas which create a physical body life, so the whole “space” life...

© 2005 </a></a>way_immortaly

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[11 Apr 2005|10:59pm]

Battery Analogy: Basal motility is proportionate to neural activity.
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Interview? [05 Oct 2004|10:51pm]

Hello, my name is Jackie and I’m an undergraduate student studying biological sciences and professional writing in Alaska. I’m posting here because I’m hoping to find someone in the biology and/or medical field willing to suffer through an internet interview via e-mail this weekend for my research project.

My goal is to get "real life" input on how I would need to think, work and write in the biology/medical field. If you’re interested, leave a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll proceed to thank you profusely and send you an e-mail of about twenty questions.

The questions won’t be extremely personal. Most of them don’t require really in depth answers but some detail would be nice here and there. If you’re interested, let me know!

Thanks! *smiles*
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GM Maize [13 Sep 2004|11:09am]


Hello! I'm doing a research project on a contemporary biological issuem I've decided to do Geneticaly Modified Maize and I've looked to LJ for some opinions. I hope this works. Anyone who has some opinions to share are welcome to, just answer this:

- Are you for or against Genetically Modified Maize?
- What is the reason for your opinion?
- Any other comments on the topic?

Thanks, Any opinions are welcome!!

(X-posted everywhere)

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just a reminder... [01 Sep 2004|08:56am]

[ mood | lethargic ]

first, i'm back. i was unable to access livejournal for a while, thanks to the south korean government, but apparently they've lifted the ban on foreign weblogging sites. yay.

second, a reminder that membership in this community is open to all livejournal members. all members may post new topics or comment on existing topics. posts and comments are not screened, but let's try to stay on subject... please read the community info page if you're not sure if a topic is appropriate or not.

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Attention paid lj users: [01 Jul 2004|09:22am]


You'll get two weeks of service for free.
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[15 Jun 2004|07:14am]

I'm a graduate student in philosophy and I want to get more educated over the summer, but I fear dragging my feet through the classic texts will only cause me to avoid reading. I'm looking for recommendations on enjoyable non-fiction books (preferably philosophical or scientific, but I'll tolerate anything, even politics). What is the most enjoyable work of non-fiction you've ever read?

(Cross-posting this everywhere because I figure to get a different response from each community. Please reply to the post in the group that most fits your response: </a></b></a>2hot4philosophy, </a></b></a>_scientists_, </a></b></a>abstractthought, </a></b></a>agnosticism, </a></b></a>biology, </a></b></a>booktards, </a></b></a>cogsci, </a></b></a>feminist, </a></b></a>freethinking, </a></b></a>high_philosophy, </a></b></a>humanism, </a></b></a>intellectelite, </a></b></a>logic_forum, </a></b></a>massknowledge, </a></b></a>neuroscience, </a></b></a>philosophy, </a></b></a>psych_students, </a></b></a>psychology, </a></b></a>readabook, </a></b></a>real_philosophy, </a></b></a>reasonablewomen, </a></b></a>scietech, </a></b></a>secularhumanism, </a></b></a>sociobiology, </a></b></a>socrates_cafe, </a></b></a>thinkers, </a></b></a>thought_club. Thanks!)
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If this is an inappropriate topic for this community, please feel free to delete it! [15 May 2004|10:12pm]

Hi, I have a tiny favor to ask, and I hope a few of you may be able to help me out.

I'm not a major philosophy buff; currently I'm enrolled in a biomedical ethics course at my college, and I just find it so thought-provoking and wonderful, which is an extremely rare emotion for me to feel regarding /school/. Anyhow, we've been assigned a term paper (how original) to write on our topic of choice. I have very strong feelings concerning the welfare and rights of animals, so, of course, my topic is animal experimentation. There were so many appealing topics to choose from, but I decided I should remain true to my roots.

My question is... does anyone know of any good books that I could find at a local library concerning this topic? I'm having difficulty finding the exact information that I need to write my paper on the internet, and I really don't want to do a blind run through the library in search of books on animal ethics. I'd like to get the full scope of how people think in terms of animal experimentation and ethics, so any literature you could think of will be just fine, whether it be for or against the use of non-human animals in medical experimentation.

Any help would be so greatly appreciated - and if nobody can help, or if this is an inappropriate topic for this community, then it's no matter. I'll just do that blind run after all. :)

Thanks so much!
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A book that might interest you folks... [14 May 2004|10:13pm]

[ mood | drained ]

An excellent read! (even though I didn't fully agree with Mr. Smith's views)

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Cure for shortness? [10 Oct 2003|04:42pm]

I know this is a bit behind as far as when it actually happened, but I read about docters prescribing human growth hormone as a cure for children who, for no specific medical reason, happen to be likely to grow up shorter than average. (under 5'0 for girls, or under 5'3 for boys, IIRC) I personally find this a bit disturbing, since it's not like being short should be considered an undesirable trait. Of course, my perspective might be a bit skewed, bing 6'5, so I wanted to know what others thought.
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Science, Law, and Politics [06 Jun 2003|01:20pm]

[ mood | determined ]

jenk put up an interesting article here from the Wall Street Journal, pointing out how often law, politics, and procedure fall behind the realities of scientific research. The specific examples I remember are how current police lineup procedure yields false IDs too often despite a proven better procedure existing, and how estimates of fish population were consistently ignored by regulators, resulting in vastly depleted fisheries in Nova Scotia. So, is there anything scientists can do to increase public awareness of their findings, or that policymakers can do to make sure that their policies are based on accurate data?

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GMO plants [09 May 2003|01:29pm]

System may stop spread of biotech crops

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Concerned that genetically modified plants will spread their genes to related crops in nearby fields, researchers have developed a system aimed at preventing such crossbreeding.
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human reproduction [07 May 2003|03:23pm]

mouse sperm from stem cells

it's everyone's favorite topic, the ethics of human reproductive technology! this is actually one of my least favorite topics, one i have very little knowledge about or even opinion on. what do you guys think?
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cloned humans? apparently not [10 Apr 2003|02:25pm]

A newly discovered quirk of primate cell biology suggests that monkeys - and humans - are nearly impossible to clone with current techniques. full story
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