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“I describe this corporate strategy as “manufacturing doubt” or “manufacturing uncertainty.” In just about every corner of the corporate world, conclusions that might support regulation are always disputed.”
Most people, especially Americans, have come to expect corporations to put profit above all else. Still, we mostly don’t expect there to be mercenary scientists. Science is supposed to be constant, apolitical, and above the fray. This commonsense view misses the rise of science-for-sale specialists over the last several decades ...Read More
"Everyone in the field recognizes that organoids are getting more complex and realistic. Insoo Hyun, a bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University, recently noted in an online essay that over the next five years or so, researchers will likely try to create organoids with networks of functional blood vessels and ...Read More
"“These are entirely new lifeforms. They have never before existed on Earth,” said Michael Levin, the director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. “They are living, programmable organisms.”"
"Neuroscientists have always presumed that learning and memory depend on strengthening or weakening the connection points between neurons (synapses), increasing or decreasing the likelihood that the cell is going to pass along a message to its neighbor. But recently some researchers have started pursuing a completely different theory that does ...Read More
"New scientific fields need to be branded and marketed so that the knowledge they embody can be learned and put to use where needed."
Most people know about the placebo effect, which refers to the power of positive expectations to induce pleasant sensations or symptom improvements. (Placebo roughly translates to “I shall please.”) Nocebo translates to “I shall harm.”
“The moral of the story here is that one specific study doesn’t mean very much.” (Also why laypersons that do not understand the importance of multi-population replication, research methods, researcher degrees of freedom, or the wider context of a study are poorly equipped to make assessments of a topic from 1 or 2 articles they found through Google or PubMed.)
Published in January of 2018, but sent to me recently by a friend. "I believe we need our educational system to engage students with issues of ethics and responsibility in science and technology. We should treat required arts and humanities courses not as some vague attempt to “broaden minds” but ...Read More
Editorial by one of the two scientists who first discovered that CRISPR could be used for genome editing.
DNA sequencing services have questionable ethics. Don’t trust your private information with them „Using public genealogy sites to crack cold cases had its breakthrough moment in April 2018 when the California policeused GEDmatch to identify a manthey believe is the Golden State Killer. (…) Most users of genealogy services have uploaded their genetic information in order to find relatives, learn about ancestors and ...Read More
"For developers, the goal of this new generation of open-world games is stimulating a player’s sense of adventure in ways that emulate the real thing. Jean-Sebastien Decant, creative director for the latest Far Cry installment, New Dawn—which puts players in a carefully rendered postapocalyptic Montana—says, “The key is to provide "At ReStart, the issue seems settled: staff and clients talk about gaming like they would any other addiction. Rae tells me about a 13-year-old boy who was “using” World of Warcraft a dozen hours a day. Stories about game addicts run the gamut—lost jobs, dashed hopes, broken marriages. Rae mentions ...Read More