Should All Research Papers Be Free? – Hilary Putnam (1926-2016) – Underwater Creature Tears Open Its Skin to Eat


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March 14 - 2016


"Moreover, publishers don’t pay for the volunteer peer reviewers or editors. But they charge those same researchers, reviewers and editors, not to mention the public, whose tax dollars most likely funded the study in the first place, to read the resulting articles."

Kate Murphy in The New York Times on:

Should All Research Papers Be Free?


"Professor Putnam was a tremendously influential philosopher, working across a broad range of fields, including philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of math, and moral philosophy."

Justin W. in DailyNous on:

Hilary Putnam (1926-2016)


"The cells in the hydra’s mouth start round, and then deform dramatically, pulling on each other to make this mouth as wide as possible."

Nsikan Akpan in Scientific American on:

Underwater Creature Tears Open Its Skin to Eat

The hydra’s mouth is a sealed piece of intact flesh that rips open through a curious mechanism to consume meals


"Researchers are already able to grow organ tissue in labs, but it’s generally on a flat plate, and results in a two-dimensional model different from what actually happens inside us."

Randy Rieland from Smithsonian on:

How a Tiny, "Beating" Human Heart Was Created in a Lab

The device, filled with human heart cells, could dramatically reduce the time it takes to test new drugs and end testing on animals


"Also, the researchers are currently studying the chemical composition of the mucilage, which is made up of carbohydrates and some 60 sugars, with the goal of synthesizing it in a lab."

Phys.Org on:

Desert cactus purifies contaminated water for aquaculture, drinking and more


"No one is accusing the psychologists behind the initial experiments of intentionally manipulating their results. But some of them may have been tripped up by one or more of the various aspects of academic science that inadvertently encourage bias."

Olivia Goldhill in Quartz on:

Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false


"There's still a lot we don't understand about what happens when these ice shelves collapse, and how to prevent it, and researchers will now monitor what happens to the Nansen Ice Sheet to better understand how its crack formed in the first place, as well as what will happen if - or when - it breaks away."

Fiona MacDonald in ScienceAlert on:

An ice shelf twice the size of Manhattan is about to break off from Antarctica


"Interestingly, we also found that children who were effectively monolingual yet regularly exposed to another language — for example, those who had grandparents who spoke another language — were just as talented as the bilingual children at this task."

Katherine Kinzler in The New York Times on:

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals


"Pharmaceutical mergers and acquisitions, which can be beyond regulators’ reach, are only part of the dynamic."

Brady Dennis in The Washington Post on:

Rattled by drug price increases, hospitals seek ways to stay on guard


"Kids are generally 6 years old when they start first grade. A scant few months can span a lot of mental growth at this age."

Angus Chen in NPR on:

Youngest Kids In Class At Higher Risk Of ADHD Diagnosis


"In a 1950 paper called “Does Writer’s Block Exist?,” published in American Imago, a journal founded by Freud in 1939, Bergler argued that a writer is like a psychoanalyst."

Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker on:

How to Beat Writer’s Block


"The college also began monitoring how well students of various racial backgrounds perform in select classrooms and using that data to coach the instructors on how to improve the academic lot of their non-white students."

Mikhail Zinshteyn in The Atlantic on:

How to Help First-Generation Students Succeed

A combination of simple nudges and regular check-ins from mentors can go a long way.


"In a paper published in 2014 in Social Indicators Research, Twenge tracked the results of the Monitoring the Future (MtF) survey, “a nationally representative sample of U.S. 12th graders [administered] every year since 1976,” between 1982 and 2013."

Jesse Singal in Science of Us on:

For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why


"In a new paper in Circulation Research, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital describe a process that was first tested on rat hearts and those of large mammals, and is now being applied to human organs."

Ester Inglis Arkell in Gizmodo on:

This Heart in a Jar Could Make Heart Transplants Safer


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