Blazers of the Trail
The Royal Society was founded in 1650, and has been a vital hub of scientific research and exchange ever since.
In fact, as Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer have shown, the Society was a crucial link between the 17th century's new culture of experimentation and its political traditions--transforming political methods of resolving disputes into methods that science still uses to allow different opinions to compete. Modern science wasn't just performed there; in a sense, it was invented there.
You can see for yourself, thanks to the Society's new website, Trailblazing, which was launched this week as part of next year's 350th anniversary celebration. Here you can see a timeline of work performed under the Society's auspices and read the original papers themselves, from Newton on the spectrum to a report on an 8-year-old prodigy named Mozart to Watson and Crick on DNA. Definitely safe for work, and also, very likely, a lot more interesting.
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Big tech is making its opening moves into the health care scene, but its focus on tech-savvy millennials may miss the mark.
- Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures.
- Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly.
- Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care.
Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.
- Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff.
- Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.
- Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies.
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