The Field Scientist

"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls that adventure Science." - Edward Powell Hubble

Feb 23
Despite weighing an average of 2700 lbs, a walrus can run as fast as a man.

Despite weighing an average of 2700 lbs, a walrus can run as fast as a man.


Despite weighing an average of 2700 lbs, a walrus can run as fast as a man.

Despite weighing an average of 2700 lbs, a walrus can run as fast as a man.


Feb 22

Before snails have sex, they shoot one or more “love darts” into their mate. The dart sometimes pierces internal organs or even runs through the body entirely.


Dec 8

What governments don’t seem to understand is that software is the nearest thing to magic that we’ve yet invented. It’s pure “thought stuff” – which means that it enables ingenious or gifted people to create wonderful things out of thin air. …

That’s why software is like magic: all you need is ability. And some children, for reasons that are totally and wonderfully mysterious, have an extraordinary aptitude for programming – just as some have a musical, mathematical or artistic gift. If the government excludes computer science from the national curriculum then it will be effectively slamming the door to the future.

Programming should take pride of place in our schools | Technology | The Observer (via interestingsnippets)

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Oct 2

medicalstate:

29 years old and hearing herself for the first time.

Technology really is a wonderful thing and there are so many advances in medicine every day. For this woman who was born deaf, new advances in hearing aid technology have forever changed her life as she gets to hear herself for the very first time. You cannot help but feel moved as her face lights up and she becomes overwhelmed with emotion. It is as much a testament to the power of technology as it is a reminder of all the magical things in life that we take for granted.


Sep 30

realcleverscience:

 
Follow this Tumblr: “We Are the 99 Percent.”
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This may seem like an odd post for me to kick-off my return to tumblr, and perhaps especially as my first real post after moving to a new town with a new life and new opportunities. I don’t see it that way.
I love science. But science is very little without people. It is everyday people who practice science in all its myriad forms, whether they work in academia, practice medicine, design apps, are hobbyists, or are merely curious. People. And the bottom-line is that all our science, as cool as it is, is ultimately a tool for us to better serve humanity and our planet. 
We are people and we are a people. We are a species. We are part of a complex ecosystem and a planet. Even Darwinism - renown for “selfish genes” and being “red in tooth and claw” - allows for some altruism. If you believe in the love of a parent for a child, then you can believe in giving a damn about your fellow man and probably the rest of existence as well.
And personally, a great amount of the science I post has to do with bettering the lot of mankind, whether it’s transhumanist technology that restores sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, alternative energy sources which can help repair our planet and save its inhabitants (yes, that includes us!), or whether it’s a new app that can help monitor heart-health. It’s about people. Helping people. 
Perhaps it’s because our society is so fragmented - ironic in a time of globalization, though it may be - with people relegated to pushing buttons behind cubicles, riding cubicles home, and eating dinner from tiny frozen cubicles, often without sharing any moments with our fellow humans or our natural environment (when there’s any left). Or maybe it’s because “the people” we hear about are billionaires, celebrities, & politicians (or just fictional characters). I don’t know. But those aren’t “the people” of the world. They are a narrow slice, a very narrow slice, of humanity - and often a narrower slice if considering “humanity” in an ethical context. 
Who are we? Who are the “rest” of humanity? We are the rejected and dejected faceless masses (yes, I love that symbolism of the Anonymous group). But we aren’t really faceless. We are real. And so is our pain. There are literally millions and millions suffering horribly across the globe. Horribly! But even in our own U.S. of A., people are suffering. People are suffering from a system that’s largely designed for and by that narrow slice. 
Painfully, it’s often science which is used for these ends. Economics and psychology, weapons-research and even the suppression of certain sciences (*cough*climate-change*cough*). Yes, science is very much a part of this.
How will we get out of this mess?!
I don’t know, of course. I’m just some jerk with a blog. But I have a lot of faith in science: the process, the knowledge, and the people who practice it (though no group of people is perfect). I think science can do much to help us out of this, if we’d only heed its wisdom, follow its ways - and stop slashing its funding! 
But as much as I love and have faith in science, we’re not going to get anywhere without people. There are two types I have in mind. Firstly, take a look at the linked tumblr site. Seriously, I insist. Take a look! Those are representatives of 99% of Americans. Those are the real people. And yes, those are your people. Secondly, take a look in the mirror. You. You are part of the 99%. And the 99% needs you! We need you to give a damn about your brothers and sisters. We are one species, on one planet, and don’t think it’s impossible for us to enter a new dark-ages or worse. 
Science has always been advanced by men and women of passion, people who cared. Society works that way too. Don’t be apathetic. You may not decide to go to your local “occupy” event - hell, you may not even agree with much of what’s said! - but take a look, see what’s happening, and give a damn! (Btw, two good tumblrs on the “occupy” campaign are WeSpeakForEarth and OccupyWallStreet.)
I don’t always agree with the complaints or the offered solutions, but without recognizing a problem, without a conversation about it, solutions of any kind will never be reached and progress of any sort will not happen. And personally, as a rule of thumb, in a situation of doubt I’ll almost always side with people over institutions. It’s not a perfect rule, but it seems like a much better bet for society. 
“Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.” - Helen Keller

realcleverscience:

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This may seem like an odd post for me to kick-off my return to tumblr, and perhaps especially as my first real post after moving to a new town with a new life and new opportunities. I don’t see it that way.

I love science. But science is very little without people. It is everyday people who practice science in all its myriad forms, whether they work in academia, practice medicine, design apps, are hobbyists, or are merely curious. People. And the bottom-line is that all our science, as cool as it is, is ultimately a tool for us to better serve humanity and our planet. 

We are people and we are a people. We are a species. We are part of a complex ecosystem and a planet. Even Darwinism - renown for “selfish genes” and being “red in tooth and claw” - allows for some altruism. If you believe in the love of a parent for a child, then you can believe in giving a damn about your fellow man and probably the rest of existence as well.

And personally, a great amount of the science I post has to do with bettering the lot of mankind, whether it’s transhumanist technology that restores sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, alternative energy sources which can help repair our planet and save its inhabitants (yes, that includes us!), or whether it’s a new app that can help monitor heart-health. It’s about people. Helping people. 

Perhaps it’s because our society is so fragmented - ironic in a time of globalization, though it may be - with people relegated to pushing buttons behind cubicles, riding cubicles home, and eating dinner from tiny frozen cubicles, often without sharing any moments with our fellow humans or our natural environment (when there’s any left). Or maybe it’s because “the people” we hear about are billionaires, celebrities, & politicians (or just fictional characters). I don’t know. But those aren’t “the people” of the world. They are a narrow slice, a very narrow slice, of humanity - and often a narrower slice if considering “humanity” in an ethical context. 

Who are we? Who are the “rest” of humanity? We are the rejected and dejected faceless masses (yes, I love that symbolism of the Anonymous group). But we aren’t really faceless. We are real. And so is our pain. There are literally millions and millions suffering horribly across the globe. Horribly! But even in our own U.S. of A., people are suffering. People are suffering from a system that’s largely designed for and by that narrow slice. 

Painfully, it’s often science which is used for these ends. Economics and psychology, weapons-research and even the suppression of certain sciences (*cough*climate-change*cough*). Yes, science is very much a part of this.

How will we get out of this mess?!

I don’t know, of course. I’m just some jerk with a blog. But I have a lot of faith in science: the process, the knowledge, and the people who practice it (though no group of people is perfect). I think science can do much to help us out of this, if we’d only heed its wisdom, follow its ways - and stop slashing its funding! 

But as much as I love and have faith in science, we’re not going to get anywhere without people. There are two types I have in mind. Firstly, take a look at the linked tumblr site. Seriously, I insist. Take a look! Those are representatives of 99% of Americans. Those are the real people. And yes, those are your people. Secondly, take a look in the mirror. You. You are part of the 99%. And the 99% needs you! We need you to give a damn about your brothers and sisters. We are one species, on one planet, and don’t think it’s impossible for us to enter a new dark-ages or worse. 

Science has always been advanced by men and women of passion, people who cared. Society works that way too. Don’t be apathetic. You may not decide to go to your local “occupy” event - hell, you may not even agree with much of what’s said! - but take a look, see what’s happening, and give a damn! (Btw, two good tumblrs on the “occupy” campaign are WeSpeakForEarth and OccupyWallStreet.)

I don’t always agree with the complaints or the offered solutions, but without recognizing a problem, without a conversation about it, solutions of any kind will never be reached and progress of any sort will not happen. And personally, as a rule of thumb, in a situation of doubt I’ll almost always side with people over institutions. It’s not a perfect rule, but it seems like a much better bet for society. 

“Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.” - Helen Keller


Sep 28

Sep 27
utnereader:

“If you bike to work, you’ve probably got pretty nice thighs,” imagines The Atlantic Cities’ Nate Berg. “Your lungs, though, may not be in such great shape.”
Berg is referring to the results of a small-scale study  released over the weekend that suggest urban cyclists are at increased  risk from air pollution, specifically the black carbon present in  automobile emissions. As Environmental News Network warns, “A  wide range of health effects are associated with black carbon and  include heart attacks and reduced lung function because it lines and  constricts the airways.” As usual, just when you thought you had a  healthy thing going, the medical research community has to go and suck  the air out of it.
Keep reading …

utnereader:

“If you bike to work, you’ve probably got pretty nice thighs,” imagines The Atlantic Cities’ Nate Berg. “Your lungs, though, may not be in such great shape.”

Berg is referring to the results of a small-scale study released over the weekend that suggest urban cyclists are at increased risk from air pollution, specifically the black carbon present in automobile emissions. As Environmental News Network warns, “A wide range of health effects are associated with black carbon and include heart attacks and reduced lung function because it lines and constricts the airways.” As usual, just when you thought you had a healthy thing going, the medical research community has to go and suck the air out of it.

Keep reading …



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