Changing weather in Arctic may threaten musk oxen
Musk oxen, used to living in the Arctic’s extreme cold, may not do well in the region’s […] Read more
We tacitly assume that perfect order exists throughout crystalline materials on an atomic scale when we discuss crystals in general. However, such an idealized solid […] Read more
Economics needs theory, lab experiments, historical data and field evidence. Pilot programs and randomized controlled trials are particularly credible from the point of view of […] Read more
When we hear somebody wheezing, coughing, showing chest tightness and shortness of breath, most of us will immediately recognize the underlying cause: Asthma. This […] Read more
Space travel can hurt astronauts’ eye nerves
Tissues that surround part of astronauts’ optic nerves become damaged due to long-term space travel. The study looked […] Read more
Game Theory studies mathematical models of strategic decision. Historically, the first approach was to study games as interactions of perfectly rational individuals, who have complete […] Read more
A recurrent problem with pain is the absence of therapeutic strategies to selectively block the nociceptors (neurons responsible to detect painful stimuli) that need to […] Read more
In the past entry I presented a criticism to a few common arguments (or rather, topics) that we often find ‘in defence’ of the […] Read more
Numerical cognition is a subdiscipline of the cognitive sciences that studies the neural, developmental and behavioral bases of the use of numbers and mathematics. It […] Read more
The immune system is a complex network that recognises foreign substances in the body. When it detects an alien substance (antigen), it creates […] Read more
Author: Adrián Matencio is pursuing a PhD at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – A, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia, where […] Read more
Author: Jose V. Torres-Perez (@Jovitope) is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London (UK).
This […] Read more
Author: Adrián Matencio is pursuing a PhD at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – A, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia, where he […] Read more
Author: Rosario Luque-Martín is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Department of Medical Biochemistry, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
The immune system is […] Read more
Paola Falanga is pursuing an M.Sc. degree in Psychology at the University of Napoli. Paola did an internship at Trinity College Dublin […] Read more
Sir Humphy Davy, in a discourse delivered at the Royal Society in 1825 said:
Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age. The more we know, the more we feel our ignorance; the more we feel how much remains unknown; and in philosophy, the sentiment of the Macedonian hero can never apply, — there are always new worlds to conquer.
Every time we make a new scientific discovery we sense where the limit of knowledge is, we feel where ignorance begins. Science is, for certain, what we think we know, but more precisely, it is being aware of the boundaries of the unknown.
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