Posts filed under “Science”
> “Traders are succeeding not so much because they are rational, but because they have certain biological traits, including confidence, an appetite for risk, search persistence, and speed of reactions,” all of which are derived from prenatal exposure to testosterone.” -John Coates, University of Cambridge neuroscientist and former trader > Here’s a fascinating study to…Read More
Space flight is a risky business, but the chance of a deadly collision is increasing due to a spreading canopy of junk that’s orbiting our planet. And the wreckage from a recent satellite collision is adding to the trash, making more collisions among spacecraft all but inevitable. WSJ’s Robert Lee Hotz reports.
Harmless Debris on Earth Is Devastating in Orbit
ROBERT LEE HOTZ
WSJ, FEBRUARY 26, 2009, 10:04 P.M. ET
Fascinating discussion via Wired‘s Clive Thompson, and Stanford historian of science Robert Proctor, on Agnotology: “When it comes to many contentious subjects, our usual relationship to information is reversed: Ignorance increases. [Proctor] has developed a word inspired by this trend: agnotology. Derived from the Greek root agnosis, it is “the study of culturally constructed ignorance.”…Read More
via NYT > Source: The Chaos Inside a Cancer Cell NICHOLAS WADE NYT, December 25, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/science/25visual.html See Also: Why Early Detection Is the Best Way to Beat Cancer Thomas Goetz Wired, 12.22.08 http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-01/ff_cancer
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it.
Note that he mentions the conflict of interests — when Elites “insulate themselves from the consequences of their decisions, advancing their own short term interests against the interests of overall society.”
Filmed Feb 2003