IEET Audience Certain About a Cure for Dementia Soon
(Apr 21, 2013)
When we asked “Do you think that there will be a cure for Alzheimers and other dementias by 2030?” only 8% of the 109 of you who responded were pessimistic.
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IEET Fellows Part of an International Consortium of Institutions Working on the Metabody Project (Apr 6, 2013)
Mixed News from Space
by David Brin
May 18, 2013 • (0) Comments • Permalink
Amid fretful resignation, we learn of the likely loss of the magnificent Kepler mission...which discovered as many as three thousand planets beyond our solar system. (About 10% of them now confirmed.) Only two of the four gyro systems are still working, not enough for the probe to aim at more than a hundred thousand stars with uncanny accuracy, each day. While this will be a sad loss, the epoch introduced by the Kepler Mission bodes well for you understanding of the universe.
Here’s the Real Reason Why Virtual Reality Doesn’t Work Yet
by George Dvorsky
May 17, 2013 • (0) Comments • Permalink
It's another blow for immersive virtual reality. University of California researchers have shown that even people with perfect eyesight navigate the world by relying on a lot more than what they see. Here's why VR won't really work until we go beyond visual cues and fancy treadmills.
Will the Catholic Bishops Decide How You Die?
by Valerie Tarico
May 17, 2013 • (9) Comments • Permalink
What happens when religious institutions get to manage public funds, absorb secular hospitals, and put theology above medical science and individual patient conscience?
Shame, Stigma and Angelina Jolie’s Breasts
by Kelly Hills
May 16, 2013 • (0) Comments • Permalink
As reactions continue to race around the internet about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery – the actual discussions, not the Monday-morning quarterbacking of her decision or the utterly vile “but what about her boobies” reaction from that particular subgroup of men who manage to amaze me by their continued ability to manage basic functions like breathing – I’ve been sent links.
Sagan beats Dawkins. In related news, education overcomes superstition
by Massimo Pigliucci
May 16, 2013 • (4) Comments • Permalink
I have been doing public outreach for science since I originally moved to Tennessee in 1996. It has been a fun ride, and I’m sure it will continue to be that way for many years to come. But two of the first things I learned when debating creationists and giving talks about the nature of science were: a) nastiness doesn’t get you anywhere; and b) just because you have reason and evidence on your side doesn’t mean you are going to carry the day.
Push-Button (3D Printing) Gunsmithing and the Long Arm of the Law
by Jamais Cascio
May 15, 2013 • (6) Comments • Permalink
California state Senator Leland Yee wants to stop people from being able to print out firearms with 3D printers. Like many other folks, Yee was startled by the work of Defense Distributed, a group working on designs for guns that can be produced by the 3D printers. A few months ago, Defense Distributed crafted a grip and lower receiver for an AR-15; more recently, they produced a fully-functional handgun.
Organ, tissue replacement could end aging by mid-2020s
by Dick Pelletier
May 14, 2013 • (0) Comments • Permalink
As we trek through the next decade, older citizens might look in the mirror and wonder, “Who is that gorgeous creature?” Their reflection would reveal a body filled with enthusiasm, sporting a dazzling smile, wrinkle-free skin, perfect vision, natural hair color, real teeth, and an amazing sharp mind and memory.
Do these startling longevity studies mean your lifespan could double?
by George Dvorsky
May 13, 2013 • (1) Comments • Permalink
Biologists have successfully extended the life spans of some mice by as much as 70%, leading many to believe that ongoing experimentation on our mammalian cousins will eventually lead to life-extending therapies in humans. But how reliable are these studies? And do they really apply to humans? We asked the experts.
Why We Allow the Destruction of Our Planet
by David Swanson
May 13, 2013 • (17) Comments • Permalink
It’s not enough to point out that our political system is completely corrupted by money, including money from coal and oil and nukes and gas. Of course it is. And if we had direct democracy, polls suggest we would be investing in green energy. But saying the right thing to a pollster on a phone or in a focus group is hardly the extent of what one ought sensibly to do when the fate of the world is at stake.
by Ciaran Healy
May 12, 2013 • (6) Comments • Permalink
Years ago now, I remember reading The End Of History by Francis Fukuyama, and being blown away. The clarity and coherence of his vision, how radical it was, and how audacious.
Africa’s competitiveness mandate
by Lee-Roy Chetty
May 12, 2013 • (0) Comments • Permalink
In total, Africa’s growth rate has averaged well above 5% in the past decade, after 20 difficult years of flat and often negative growth in several countries. The challenge for the continent in the coming years is whether Africa will be able to maintain these impressive growth rates, and whether future growth will be built on the types of productivity enhancements that are associated with rising living standards.
Film as a Research Source
by Christopher Reinert
May 11, 2013 • (0) Comments • Permalink
By the time you have finished reading this sentence, you will be acutely aware of the sensation of your back resting against the chair. This demonstration is used by psychology lectures to demonstrate that people are largely unaware of the vast majority of sensations that they experience. This disregard stems in part from mechanical limitations of the brain and the need to maintain a stable body image. The mechanical limitations are not germane to the topic of the paper beyond saying that the brain can only process so much incoming sensory information and it must decide which information is relevant at the moment.
Curiosity is the Engine of Achievement
by David Eubanks
May 11, 2013 • (1) Comments • Permalink
The title is a quote from a Ken Robinson Education TED talk. Another is “Teaching is not a delivery system.” It’s worth a listen
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