Robert M. Sapolsky (via wonderwanderpolarbear)
Hmm. Seems that some people prefer to keep their old mysteries instead of solving them and discovering new ones - often embedded in the old ones!
Especially when ‘logic & reasoning’ come into the discussion. Science and atheism are two different things, even if they may have some parallels. I’m sure all science enthusiasts aren’t all atheists, and I’m sure atheists don’t all support science 100%.
I understand the correlation, and will be the first person to support ‘logic & reasoning’, but come on now.
Reblogging because no one seems to be getting this lately.
Personally, I don’t think science and atheism are the same thing, either. You can have faith in a religion, and still believe in science. There are also tons of science and mathematics in the Holy Bible and Qur’an, believe it or not.
— Louis Pasteur
Medical experiments on chimpanzees can be invasive, involving injections, blood samples and liver biopsies. But some say it’s the only way to advance medicine.
In recent years, Japan, Europe and the U.K. have all ended the practice. The U.S. and Gabon are the only two nations to continue using chimpz for medical research.
Are there ever instances in which the scientific value of research should offset the moral cost of working with chimps? What are your thoughts on this?
Followers, what say you?
On average, one baby is born in the United States each hour addicted to opiates — a class of drugs ranging from heroin to prescription painkillers.
Gina Glover, a photographer with a degree in Human Genetics, is the creator of these amazing works of art. “Chromosomal Stripy Socks” won the Medical Research Council/Novartis/Daily Telegraph Visions of Science award and appeared on the cover of Nature.
If you are interested in science photography or the intersection of art and science I highly recommend reading the interview!
Winner Art of Neuroscience 2012
Martijn Steenwijk is this year’s winner of the Art of Neuroscience competition, organized by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. Click on the link to watch his movie.
Gallery shows four honorable mentions.
Lungs ≡ Trees
Above is a resin cast of a lung. Notice its fractal nature - how it displays self similarity at smaller and smaller scales. You might also notice how this structure is quite ‘tree-like’. Why are they so similar?
Well actually, both lungs and trees want to maximise the surface area of their functional components while constrained to some maximum volume. For lungs this strict constraint is the size of the thorax, but for trees is more relaxed and is to do with the mass they can achieve through photosynthesis and mineral uptake and density of trees around them.
Interestingly, nature has solved both these mathematical problems of optimisation using the mathematical solution of fractals. This is a great example of complexity and universality. Complex structures such as trees and lungs emerge from very simple mathematical rules, laws and constraints. The result is some kind of universality to the structures that we humans see and assume to be very different, though they are fundamentally the same.
Check out this animation I made of a simple fractal construct being transformed into a ‘tree-like’ (or ‘lung-like’!) structure.
When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. The nurse at his side didn’t understand German.
Army medical drawing from the NLM NIH collection. From 1830.
The human brain and spinal nerves
Insert completely necessary Flying Spaghetti Monster comment.
For some reason this reminded me of R.L. Stine. Also, Haruki Murakami has a twitter, where all he does is quote about spaghetti. He should see this.
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