Moshe Szyf

Creating gravity, nucleic acids, receptors, and supercoiled DNA (2)

See also: Creating gravity, nucleic acids, receptors, and supercoiled DNA Scientists make first direct detection of gravitational waves Excerpt: Almost 100 years ago today, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time that are set off by extremely violent, cosmic cataclysms in the early universe. With his knowledge of the universe and the technology available in 1916, Einstein assumed that such ripples would be “vanishingly small” and nearly impossible to detect. My comment:…

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Models of scientific literacy

Scientific Literacy Redefined Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work. By Cynthia Brandenburg | February 1, 2016 Excerpt: …any truly productive conversation about why their fears are scientifically unfounded must be predicated upon an understanding of what caused those fears in the first place. My comment: “A Fear of Pheromones” led many researchers to ignore the fact that metabolic networks must be linked to genetic networks…

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Did Dobzhansky see the UV light of creation?

Analemma. The sun’s position in the sky, photographed from the same location at the same time of day throughout a year, forms an analemma. This shows the sun’s apparent swinging from its northernmost position, at the analemma’s uppermost point, at summer solstice, to its southernmost position/lowest point, at winter solstice. My comment: Does this remind anyone else of a one-sided nonorientable surface obtained by cutting a closed band into a single strip with linked ends that can be used to…

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